Adrián Balseca (Ecuador) is an artist based in Quito, Ecuador. His work focuses on the extractivist dynamics and their environmental impacts on land. Many of his proposals are associated with historical-economic processes that have been relevant for the consolidation of the modern development project.

During his residency at Delfina Foundation, Adrián will further his research on the so-called “rubber fever” and on the socio-economic repercussions of this period, working towards a new perspective on the story today. His work will attempt to track the shifts and displacements of the hevea brasiliensis in the United Kingdom, following the fall of the market in the South American Amazon.

In 2019 Adrián published MIRADOR: visions on extractivism (Ecuador 2007 – 2017). His most recent exhibitions include: Rethinking Nature (Museo MADRE, Napoli, 2021); 34th São Paulo Biennial: ‘Though it’s dark, still I sing‘ (Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, São Paulo, 2021); PLANTASIA OIL Co. (Galería N24, Quito, 2021); Cosmopolis #2: rethinking the human (Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2019); 21st Contemporary Art Biennial Sesc_Videobrasil: Imagined Communities (Sesc 24 de Maio, São Paulo, 2019); The Unbalanced Land (Galería Madragoa, Lisbon, 2019); Estela Blanca (Ginsberg Galería, Lima, 2019); Portadores de Sentido (Museo Amparo, Puebla, 2019); among others.

Adrián has been credited with several distinctions, including: the honorable mention in the 14th International Cuenca Biennial: Estructuras vivientes El Arte como experiencia plural (Cuenca, 2018); the award Han Nefkens Foundation – CAC QuitoVideo Art Production Award 2018 (CAC, Quito, 2018); Premio Nacional de Artes Mariano Aguilera 2015 – 2016 (CAC, Quito, 2015); Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Grants & Commissions Program 2015, (CIFO, Miami, 2015); Premio París, 12 th International Cuenca Biennial: Leaving To Return (Cuenca, 2014); Premio Brasil, (CAC, Quito, 2013), and the 1st Mención de Honor, Salón Nacional Mariano Aguilera: (Des) figuraciones (CCM, Quito, 2007).

WITH SUPPORT FROM

EACHEVE and Artus Ecuador


RESIDENCY SEASON

Winter 2022


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