Barnaby Drabble is a curator, writer and researcher whose work focuses on contemporary art in relation to issues of ecology and environmentalism, activism and social movements, exhibition practice and artistic research.
He is a senior lecturer and researcher at the École de design et haute école d’art du Valais (édhéa) in Sierre, where he conducts his research and leads a seminar on Social Practice on the MAPS (Master of Arts in Public Spheres) program. He has curated numerous independent & institutional projects including exhibitions, screenings, discursive events and events in the public space. He has co-edited two influential publications on curatorial issues, co-authored two books on artistic research and he regularly contributes to journals and publications. He is Managing Editor of the Journal for Artistic Research, and a member of its editorial board since 2010.
His recent research project Along Ecological Lines (2016-2019), relates both to his long-term focus on social and political relevance of artistic practices and to his engagement in the environmental and social innovation taking place in intentional communities and eco-villages.