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Dalia Baassari


Dalia Baassiri explores her world through daily activities that have their core of action in the household, understood as a home and a protective refuge. This process gets the artist to question the meaning of everyday life, the interiority of the human soul and the adversities of life: conflicts and natural catastro-phes that lead to destruction.
Furthermore, she turns the graphite into a mediator, since, in addition to its conventional use as a draw-ing tool, it is used as a metaphor for the dust and dirt of our daily life. Therefore, the artist discovers a new energy in everyday life, which leads her to reconsider the function of objects and transforms her personal experience into a universal reflection on the fragility of human existence, where home symbol-izes vulnerability.

With Vesuvius Baassiri continues her research project about the ordinary, the dirt and destruction caused by man and nature. But here she uses the unpredictability of events as a metaphor, symbolized by the volcanic incandescence understood as a radical change of the ordinary. Thus, the abandoned houses of Beirut and the natural catastrophes are translated into a universal experience of the ephemeral and the instability of our time.
An investigation that Dalia Baassiri, as a resident artist in Espronceda, also links to her stay and the or-dinary life in Barcelona. The project is carried out in cooperation with the Arte Laguna Prize of Venice.

Curated by Savina Tarsitano y Maribel Navarro

27 JAN 2021