MADRAGOA
Adrián Balseca
Quito, Ecuador, 1989
About the Artist

Adrián Balseca’s work aims to activate strategies of representation, narration, and interaction in order to highlight cultural specificities of a particular place. It explores the relationship and tensions between industrial and craft practices, revealing a fascination with the historic processes, and the configuration of materials involved in the production of manufactured goods. His work ranges from small interventions to large scale "site specific" actions or video documentations and elaborates on ideas of emerging economies, environment and nature, power, and social memory. 

Adrián Balseca was born in Quito, Ecuador in 1989. He lives and works in Quito. 

Solo exhibitions include: Plantasia Oil Company, Casa do Sertanista / Museu da Cidade de São Paulo, São Paulo (2021); Plantasia Oil Co., N24 Galeria de Arte, Quito (2021); The Unbalanced Land, Madragoa, Lisbon (2019); Estela blanca, Ginsberg Galeria, Lima (2019); Grabador fantasma, CCA, Quito (2019); Horamen, Museo de Arte Precolombiano Casa del Alabado, Quito (2017); The Skin of Labour, Madragoa, Lisbon (2016). 

Selected group exhibitions include: Rethinking Nature, Museo Madre, Napoli (2021); Faz escuro mas eu canto, 34a Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo (2020); Journey of a Thousand Miles, CAC, Quito (2019); Cosmopolis #2, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2019); 21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc Videobrasi l, São Paulo (2019); osloBIENNALEN, First Edition, Oslo (2019); Museo Amparo, Puebla (2019); BIENAL SUR, Centro Cultural Parque de España, Rosario (2017); CEAAC, Strasbourg (2016); CACQuito (2016); EDOC 15, Quito (2016); Museo de Antioquia, Medellin (2015); Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Grants & Commissions Program Exhibition, Miami (2015).

In 2013, he won the inaugural Prémio Brasil Emerging Art Prize, at the Center for Contemporary Art Quito (CAC) and in 2014 he received the Premio Paris at the 12th International Cuenca Biennial: Leaving to return. He was awarded the annual Grants & Commissions Program 2015, at the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO).

Selected Exhibitions

 

 

A flote

Installation on view at Hotel Pipatón, Barrancabermeja, Colombia

June - September, 2022

 

 

Plantasia OIL Co.

Installation view at Limbo Shop as part of the project Taffimai Janela, Lisbon, Portugal

September 8th - October 21st, 2021

 

 

BadYear

Installation view at 34ª Bienal de São Paulo – Faz escuro mas eu canto, São Paulo, Brazil

September 4th - December 5th, 2021

 

 

Plantasia Oil Company

Installation view at 34ª Bienal de São Paulo at Casa do Sertanista / Museu da Cidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

August 21st - December 5th, 2021

 

Hierbas Malas

Installation view at Against Sun and Dust curated by Cornelia Mattiacci and Alessandra Castelbarco Albani at Villa Imperiale, Pesaro, Italy

August 12th - October 3rd, 2021

 

Plantasia Oil Co.

Installation view at N24 Galería de Arte, Quito, Ecuador

January 19th – February 11th, 2021

 

The Unbalanced Land

Installation view at Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon, Portugal

May 14th – September 21th, 2019

 

Grabador Fantasma

Project in collaboration with Kara Solar

Installation view at El Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Quito, Equador

May 11th - July 14th, 2019

 

Estela Blanca

Installation view at Ginsberg Galería, Lima, Peru

April 3rd - May 11th, 2019

 

XIV Cuenca Biennial 2018: Living structures. Art as a plural experience

Project in collaboration with Kara Solar

Installation view at Empresa Hidroeléctrica Municipal, Cuenca, Ecuador

November 23rd, 2018 - February 3rd, 2019

 

Horamen

Installation view at Casa del Alabado, Museo de Arte Preco-lombino, Quito, Ecuador

May 6th - July 30th, 2017

 

The Skin of Labour

Installation view at Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon, Portugal

November 23rd, 2016 - January 13th, 2017

 

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