Olave Basabose

Olave Basabose (1984, Bujumbura, Burundi) is an artist who works in a variety of media, currently living and working in the Hague. By studying sign processes, signification and communication, Basabose makes work that deals with the documentation of events and the question of how they can be presented. The work tries to express this with the help of physics and technology, but not by telling a story or creating a metaphor.

Her artworks demonstrate how life extends beyond its own subjective limits and often tells a story about the effects of global cultural interaction over the latter half of the twentieth century. It challenges the binaries we continually reconstruct between Self and Other, between our own ‘cannibal’ and ‘civilized’ selves. By demonstrating the omnipresent lingering of a ‘corporate world’, she makes work that generates diverse meanings. Associations and meanings collide. Space becomes time and language becomes image. 

Her works are an investigation into representations of (seemingly) concrete ages and situations as well as depictions and ideas that can only be realized in art. With Plato’s allegory of the cave in mind, her works references post-colonial theory as well as the avant-garde or the post-modern and the left-wing democratic movement as a form of resistance against the logic of the capitalist market system.

Her current and latest project is Olave Talks; an emerging new media initiative, for and by queer activists, thinkers, doers and makers of color. Olave Talks is an uplifting and empowering platform designed to effectively and accessibly engage with complex political, philosophical, social, cultural, artistic and spiritual themes. Conversations and eating, as a vehicle and method of knowledge production, knowledge transfer and community building, is central to our liberators praxis. Olave Talks is unapologetically committed to the dismantling of the imperialist, capitalist, ableist, species cis-heterosexist, white supremacist patriarchy we are trapped in.

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