Liliana BASARAB (born 1979) is a Romanian artist currently based in Bucharest, who began her career in Iasi in early 2000. Her conceptual practice has been developing over the last 10 years using a variety of media including performance, sculpture, drawing, video etc.

After completing a M.A. in Fine Arts (2005) in Iasi, Romania she was part of Pavillon/Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (November 2005- June 2006). She took residencies around the world: Platform, Vaasa, Finland (2014), at  MPRA, Poznan, Poland (2012); CEC Artslinks residency hosted by Dayton Visual Art Center, Ohio, USA (Independent grant) (2010 and 2011); CIAC (in partnership with The Ark and AFCN), Bucharest, Romania (2009); Künstlerhaus Schloß Balmoral, Bad Ems, Germany (2008), Artistsne(s)t ProHelvetia, Sinaia, Romania (2007); W 139, Amsterdam, Holland (2004) NIFCA, Soumenlinna, Helsinki, Finland (2003).

In 2013 she was ERSTE Foundation & Tranzit.ro Fellow at International Salzburg Summer Akademie in Salzburg, Austria, class of Tania Bruguera. Some of her solo shows are in Poznan, Poland – LUCK /Do I feel lucky? Do ya, punk?, Glosna Gallery in  2012 and Accidents, mutation and mistakes at MORA Gallery in Bucharest in 2010. In 2006 together with Costel Chirilă at Vector gallery the exhibition FIGHT!, Iași, Romania curated by Cătălin Gheorghe and Beauty mark at S.P.A.C.E. gallery, Bucharest, Romania in 2001.

In her series of works titled http://monuments-for-concepts.com (2007–2010), Liliana’s ongoing interest in social realities has led her to work with eternal notions such as beauty and truth. With her characteristic playfulness, these works become public examinations into how the recent socio-political changes affect the way we view ourselves and she is concerned with developing concepts of value and institutionalization of such phenomena produced by humans themselves.

Truth/s, one of the recurrent theme from her practice was developed starting 2004 in Iasi and Chisinău, and exhibited in 2005 at 2020, apartment gallery run by artist Vlad Nancă. In Poland (2006) and at a later stage for Independent Projects Grant CEC ArtsLink (2011), she worked on a different approach for the solo show at Dayton Visual Art Centre, Ohio, USA and apARTe Gallery, Iasi, Romania.

‘The permanent recycling of symbols, in the way the abstract concepts can be translated into visual; those concepts are changing and yet being more or less the same are playing major parts in my projects. I speak about marginality and invisibility; and I am interested in the concept of space that ranges from the gallery space through social space and to private emotional space.’ (Liliana Basarab)

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