Alberto Baraya

Instituto de Visión, Bogota (F17)

Alberto Baraya (born 1968) lives in Bogotá, Colombia.

Alberto Baraya investigates notions related to scientific knowledge and to the instruments that legitimize it. He questions the figure of the “viajero,” the role of museums, and ideas about exoticism, to generate discourses of cultural vindication.

The Herbarium of Artificial Plants is a collection of plant representations collected in different parts of the world. The herbarium archives include all kinds of plants, as well as records of the uses of false plants in different situations and places. For each collected specimen (taxon), data of the place, date, the collector and visual data are recorded.

Here, we present the Sicilian Expedition, beginning in the city of Palermo, and extends through significant geographical points around the island. In this expedition, we have noted the prevalence of artificial flowers on religious altars, constructions devoted to the worship of spiritual beings, or memorials in honor of loved ones. 

Alberto Baraya received a BA in Art from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and an MA in Aesthetics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He is a lecturer and teacher, and has exhibited internationally in photography and installation since 1992. Baraya’s work has been exhibited at Manifesta 12, Palermo; XI Bienal Internacional de Arte de Cuenca; 53 Bienal de Venecia, Frost Art Museum, Miami; Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art; Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá; and Palais de Tokyo, París.