City ............................. Iasi
Category .................... Theory
Recommended by tranzit.org/ERSTE Stiftung
Period of stay ............ May 14
Art Histories through the Exhibition” (ed. Maria Oriskova, Veda & Peter Lang Publishing, 2014). Between 2007 and 2011 he has been curator of Vector studio for artistic practices and debates in Iasi, developing various educational projects and curating a series of 10 exhibitions dedicated to the promotion of emerging Romanian artists.
My current research projects include the comparative analysis of post-socialism and post-colonialism, focusing on the impact of large scale exhibitions in reconstructing global imaginaries and, in a broader sense, in promoting a revisionist art historical discourse.
During my residency in Vienna, I will study the tension between the narrative and documentary dimension of photographic and video art practices in relation to space and architecture in Central Europe since 1989 in the framework of a larger-scale exhibition project. I am particularly interested in examining the critical function of utopia in the discourse of several contemporary artists, especially when it is used as a cultural background against which different forms of present-day heterochronias may be compared and understood. I will conduct interviews with artists such as Andreas Fogarasi, Dominik Lang, Tobias Putrih and Thomas Svoboda, and research existing bibliography concerning methodologies of artistic research used by these artists dealing with different meanings of modernity and different strategies of remembrance, actualization and materialization of the past living.
Another significant part of my theoretical research will also involve the archives of institutions such as MUMOK, the Kontakt Collection of Erste Bank and Generali Foundation, where I am interested not only in examining the formation of a certain institutional discourse, but also in preparing a future exhibition project on the topic of narrating, rewriting and re-imagining the past in different socio-political and cultural contexts.