R u t h B i a n c o [b. Malta] is an interdisciplinary artist who creates work and projects in contemporary fine art contexts addressing space and geopolitical territories using a variety of processes. Travel, migration and transboundary movement often feature in her work as creative mechanisms to question the expansion and consumption of space. This is explored through time-based, sculpture, painting and collage media combining drawing, video, digital intervention, spatial installation, artist’s books and publication. Her research explores transmedia and forms of connectivity informing contemporary art.
She has shown and travelled with her work to participate in different and significant exhibitions. In 2008 she was invited to take part in Dans la Nuit des Images at the Grand Palais in Paris, a European exhibition representing 10 years of international contemporary audiovisual and multimedia art. She has represented Malta in an exhibition featuring selected women artists from Europe called Femmes d’Europe: La première édition de l’Été Culturel de Saint-Tropez, France 2006, and also represented her country in Breakthrough and Nieuwe EU-Landen, Kunstzentrum in The Hague at the time of the 10 new countries in the EU accession of 2004. Solo and group invitations include: Dům Umění as part of the Bezruč Festival in Opava, Czech Republic; Remont Gallery, Belgrade; Faux Mouvement Centre d’Art Contemporain, Metz; Rencontres Internationales Paris, Berlin, Madrid; Stemperando Biennale 2012 in Torino, Cosenza, Rome; Sarajevo Winter Festival 2013. Most recent exhibitions and publication:Camouflage, Revolution, and Desire – drawing from movies at The Horse Hospital, Bloomsbury, London (2012), and Regret at Sofia-Press Gallery, Sofia (2013) and Salle des Expositions de la Mairie, Paris (2014). Her editioned work If I Just Turn and Run has been acquired for collection by Tate Britain, Victoria & Albert Museum London, and Royal College of Art London.
She has an MA and PhD in Fine Art from the University for the Creative Arts, Kent, England, with earlier university background in English, education, and international relations. She is currently Senior Lecturer in Art and Design in the Visual Arts Department within the Built Environment Faculty at the University of Malta where she lectures in contemporary art and culture, digital arts, and spatial creativity in architecture. She has curated exhibitions and coordinated international artist collaborations in Malta and has taught and lectured in the United Kingdom and other European Universities.