Ricardo Basbaum

Galeria Jaqueline Martins, São Paulo (F13)

Ricardo Basbaum (born 1961) lives in Rio de Janeiro and Brazil.

Artist, writer and teacher, Ricardo Basbaum investigates art as an intermediary device and a platform for sensorial experiences, sociability, and language. Since the late 1980s, he has adapted a specific vocabulary to each new project. His creative vernacular manifests as drawing, installation, video and urban intervention.

This installation exists in two places at once. A closed- circuit video camera system captures images from the gallery’s booth and from a private dwelling in São Paulo, transmitting them in real time from one place to another. The cameras capture close-up shots of a group of objects, duplicated in both spaces.

While transmitting, individuals at both locations are invited to handle the objects present, creating a performative act, accompanied by the voyeuristic possibility of observing the action (or lack thereof) performed at the other location.

The transmitted images intersect apparently opposing spheres: the private domestic space, and the public sphere of the art fair, with the dichotomy between both places heightened as no physical contact is possible between the two.

Ricardo Basbaum has work in the Tate Modern Collection in London, and has exhibited at Documenta XII, Kassel; Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago; São Paulo’s Biennial; and the Secession, Vienna; among others. He was a resident artist at the Audain Gallery in Vancouver, and has had individual projects at the Galician Center for Contemporary Art, Santiago de Compostela; and at The Showroom Gallery, London.