BÁRBARA PALOMINO RUIZ was born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1982. She holds a diploma from the art and audiovisual research center Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains, France, a MA in Visual Arts with an emphasis on Textile Arts from the University of Chile, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and Humanities from the University of Chile.
In her artwork she focuses on mixed media creations, with a particular concentration on textiles and the relation between old and new technologies.
Her artistic research has covered a wide range of topics, but over the past few years she has been interested on the social production of memory, affective cartographies, fictional aspects in documenting “reality” as well as in ethnographic narratives and “invented traditions”.
Her work is part of national and international art collections and has been exhibited at renowned venues such as Medienwerkstatt (Austria), Palazzo Mora (in the context of the Venice Art Biennale 2017, Italy) , Le Cube (France), Le Fresnoy (France), Fact Liverpool (England), Lodz Central Museum of Textiles (Poland), Galería Gabriela Mistral (Chile), Galería Balmaceda Arte Joven (Chile), Galeria AFA (Chile), Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Santiago (Chile) and MAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Santiago (Chile).
BÁRBARA PALOMINO RUIZ complements her own artistic practice with an interest in adjacent disciplines and collaborative projects related to contemporary art in order to strengthen interdisciplinary approaches. From 2006 to 2009 she was one of the heads of the INCUBO project (www.incubo.cl), a non-profit international residency program based in Santiago, Chile, which fostered ideas related to curatorial exercises and artistic practice. From 2005 to 2012 she belonged to the Italian-Chilean media art collective Netzfunk.
She now lives and works in Vienna, Austria, where she was granted in April 2017 a studio by Das Weisse Haus where she continue to develop her artwork.