Artists: Regele Ionescu (aka Ilie-Cristian Ionescu), Regina Ionescu (aka Ioana Ionescu), Cătălin Petrișor
Curator: Irina Cios
The Ark Gallery, Bucharest
September 29th - October 4th, 2009
Organized throughout the month of September Experimental Space is aimed at generating four one-week visual arts events. Four curatorial concepts bring together young artists active in Romania proposing experimental approaches.
Urban Fictions is ending this series that started on the 8th of September with Anca Mihulet's project: only cowards die without having fun.. (8-14.09.2009) inviting the artists Dragos Badita, Katja Lee Eliad, Delia Popa. The week 15-21.09.2009 showed "Not For Sale" Collection, curator Catalin Gheorghe, participating artists: Dan Acostioaei, Andrea Hajtajer, Dima Oboroc, Bogdan Teodorescu, Mihai Verestiuc & others. From September 22 to 28 followed Memories 4Free featuring Michele Bressan & Bogdan Garbovan, curator Raluca Nestor.
Experimental Space is a project by ICCA in partnership with The Ark, realized with the support of the Administration of The National Cultural Fund.
In a world of permanent crisis the image becomes the hard currency for fulfilling people’s expectations. Models, posters, banners are all over the world promising a better, cleaner, healthier life in a context that obviously advances into an irreversible decay day by day. The being is under control and the nature is tailored to fit into the perfectly structured built environment. The global hope for better living conditions, security, comfort, becomes thus the vision of an urban-scape placed in a total fiction.
The images, vehicles of levelling, alienation and dehumanization, are at the same time seductive, intriguing and provocative. They allure the viewer in a pseudo ‘treasure hunt’ to discover disturbing details. The human presence is subversively inserted in this invented universe to create points of tension. The living is the accident, the irregularity, the aleatory element meant to escape rule and control. The viewer is thus lead by the artist simultaneously into a double process: the one of reflection upon the consequences of accepting a preset uniform living environment, and the one of developing strategies of participation and appropriation in order to preserve the freedom of expression. Trying to define identity the contemporary creation enables such experiences as identification, confrontation, participation. It addresses individuals permanently related to several space-time realities, defining eventually a multi-faced identity. The imaginative discourse proposed by the artists, defining a fictional urban context may work beyond logic, intellect or reason, therefore creating a communication between the distinctive personalities defining us.
site-specific installation: adhesive tape map 16mp, aprox. 100 found objects guildered, 2 digital prints 66 x 100 cm, video 6’51’’ loop (2009)
Started during the 2008 artistic residency in the ICCA the project accomplishes a visual research on the Uranus Rahova area. The installation articulates in the exhibition space a symbolic re-localisation of different levels of the recent history by initiating subjective mythologies. A series of objects found in the area are placed in a conceptual space defined by the print of the urban paths dislocated by the demolition camping of the ‘80s. The video plays the double role of defining the abandoned urban scape that is slowly being invaded and recuperated by the nature, at the same time confirming it is a symptom for the Romanian context. The golden cover becomes the vehicle used by the artist in the process of appropriation of a world in between placing it back into question.
text by Irina Cios