Jordan Baseman

Lives & works: Philadelphia, USA

Artist and filmmaker Jordan Baseman was born in Philadelphia, USA in 1960. His work derives from a combination of recorded interviews and observational processes, as well as archival source material which through his work is transformed into narrative-based, creative non-fiction. Baseman’s recent exhibition of haunting memorial images, held at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool in spring of 2016: Flat Death: Edgar Martins & Jordan Baseman, presented a series of images from a long tradition of photography being used by families in order to memorialise their deceased loved ones. The work invited us to reflect on how we deal with death, both personally and as a society.

The title of Slowdown Interior (Omaha) refers to a rock club encountered by Baseman ‘in the middle of nowhere’ in Omaha Nebraska, USA. The neon in the image features a skewed view of a ubiquitous beer advertising slogan.

Baseman’s collaborative style of working has led to projects with many public institutions, including The Science Museum, London; Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland; Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, Nebraska; Camden Arts Centre, London; Collective Gallery, Edinburgh. ¬†Films have featured in international exhibitions and film festivals such as the 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice and Los Angeles Animation Festival, USA where he was awarded Best Film in the Experimental Film category. Jordan Baseman was for some years head of Sculpture and Reader in time-based media at the Royal College of Art in London where he lives and works. He has recently been selected for The London Open, which will be open at Whitechapel Gallery, London in 2022.

Jordan Baseman is represented by Matt’s Gallery, London.

All proceeds from the sale of this edition go to Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, in support of the next generation of photography talent.

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