Manolis Baboussis was born in Athens. Lives and works in Athens and Kea island. He is a visual artist, poet, photographer and architect. He studied architecture and restoration in Florence and Rome the era of radical architecture. His diploma thesis in architecture proposed the demolition of a psychiatric hospital instead of building it. His work focuses mainly on issues around institutions, incarceration, accumulation, confinement, loss and the preservation of nature. He uses the mediums of photography as well as drawings, texts, video projections and installations. His first work Volterra, 1973, was presented at the time as a slide show, within the context of an installation, while later the exhibition of its large-scale prints, composed a dense conceptual and plastic dialogue.
Selection of solo and group shows include: National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Benaki Museum, Athens, Centrο d’ Αrte Moderna e Contemporanea della Spezia. Works from the EMST Collection, Documenta14, Fridericianum, Kassel, National Art Museum of China, 7th Beijing Biennial of Contemporary Art, Galleria Nazionale d’ Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome, Yeni Mosque parallel program of Thessaloniki 6th Biennale, Thessaloniki, Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki, New York Photofestival, Central European House of Photography, Bratislava, Alatza Imaret, Thessaloniki, Centre of Contemporary Art Ileana Tounta, Athens, Romantso, Athens. His works are in private and public collections. His monographs and albums as well as his poetry have been published by the EMST, the Benaki Museum, CAMeC and others.