• Challenging the Romanian Way

    Date posted: August 4, 2010 Author: jolanta
    I was born in 1979. I current live and work in Bucharest. I am an artist and sometimes a curator. I studied photography and video at the University of Arts in Bucharest. Drawing on the environment and influenced by Bucharest life, I document the urban through my photography. I am the founder of Bukres blog (http://bukresh.blogspot.com) and am actively involved in the progression of the city art scene hosting “home galleries” and curating exhibitions to encourage and support local artists by offering a platform to show their work. Utilizing different mediums my varying personal projects employ political and cultural symbols, often using word-play to evoke nostalgia and referencing Romania’s recent history and challenging current social and political climate.

    Vlad Nancă

    Vlad Nancă, Original Adidas, 2003. Leather stripes on pork feet, approximately 22 x 24 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

    I was born in 1979. I current live and work in Bucharest. I am an artist and sometimes a curator. I studied photography and video at the University of Arts in Bucharest. Drawing on the environment and influenced by Bucharest life, I document the urban through my photography.

    I am the founder of Bukres blog (http://bukresh.blogspot.com) and am actively involved in the progression of the city art scene hosting “home galleries” and curating exhibitions to encourage and support local artists by offering a platform to show their work.

    Utilizing different mediums my varying personal projects employ political and cultural symbols, often using word-play to evoke nostalgia and referencing Romania’s recent history and challenging current social and political climate. (I do not know what union I want to belong to anymore, Original Adidas, Terrorist Balloon, Proposal for the National Redemption Cathedral, etc).

    In recent years I have successfully collaborated with other artists as with Janek Simon in Remix (Raster Gallery, Warsaw, Poland) and with Mircea Nicolae and Nicoleta Esinencu for two site-specific installations (in Chisinau Moldova) and with Nona Inescu for the Hyphen performative sculpture.

    During a residence in Vienna in December 2009, I celebrated the 20th anniversary of the political upheaval in Central and Eastern Europe with a new performance-installation, Commemora featuring Mrs. Maria Hermine Hainke. An old lady sitting in an armchair in the empty gallery space began knitting a black scarf on the first day of the exhibition and continued to knit every day. Her effort resulted in a lengthy scarf, some 6.5 meters long, enough to swaddle a grown person’s entire body.

    My new works are progressively shifting from an obvious political content to a more subtle exploration of public space and volumes within the urban environment through performance and installation. Among other groups shows, my work was included in Re: Location at Casino Luxembourg, Prague Biennale 3, where I presented my famous work, Dacia – 30 years of social history, featuring the Romanian car Dacia, Social Cooking at NGBK Berlin, Remix (with Janek Simon) at Raster Gallery in Warsaw, and Bad times / Good times at Futura Gallery in Prague.

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