Contributors

Adrián Balseca

Adrián Balseca (Quito, 1989) is an artist who studies extractivist dynamics and their environmental impacts. Many of his proposals are associated with historical-economic processes that have been relevant for the consolidation of the modern development project.

Balseca was selected for the 34th Bienal de São Paulo: Faz escuro mas eu canto [Though it’s dark, still I sing] (São Paulo, 2020) and the osloBIENNALEN First Edition (Oslo, 2019–2024).

His most recent group and individual exhibitions includes: Cosmopolis #2: rethinking the human (Centre Pompidou, París, 2019); 21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil | Imagined Communities (São Paulo, 2019);Contrainformación, 45 Salón Nacional de Artistas / Al revés de la trama (Galería Santa Fe, Bogotá); The Unbalanced Land (Galería Madragoa, Lisbon, 2019); Estela Blanca (Ginsberg Galería, Lima, 2019); Portadores de Sentido, Museo Amparo (Puebla, Mexico, 2019); Draw a Line to Make a Landscape (Alexander and Bonin, New York, 2018); Horizonte de sucesos (OTR Espacio de Arte, Madrid, 2017); Energ(ética) (Monumento a los Héroes, Bogotá, 2017); DURA LEX SED LEX, BIENAL SUR (Rosario); Horamen (Museo de Arte Precolombino Casa del Alabado, 2017); The Skin of Labour (Galería Madragoa, Lisbon, 2016); Ultralocal (CEAAC, Strasbourg, 2016); Premio Nacional Nuevo Mariano Aguilera 2015-2016 (CAC, Quito, 2016). 

In 2018, Balseca received an honorable mention in the 14th Bienal de Cuenca: Estructuras vivientes. El Arte como experiencia plural (Cuenca, 2018) and the award Premio de Producción de Video Arte de la Fundación Han Nefkens (CAC, Quito). He has also been credited with several distinctions which include: Premio Nacional de Artes Mariano Aguilera 2015 - 2016 (CAC, Quito, 2015); Programa de Becas y Comisiones 2015, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO, Miami, 2015); Premio París12ª Bienal Internacional de Cuenca: Ir para volver (2014); Premio Brasil, (CAC, Quito, 2013), and the 1st Mención de Honor, Salón Nacional Mariano Aguilera: (Des) figuraciones (CCM, Quito, 2007). 

He was a founding member of the group La Selecta-Cooperativa Cultural, and formed part of the community art collective Tranvía Cero, both based in Quito.

Photograph by David Coral.