Salonul de proiecte announces the opening of its third season of exhibitions resulting from the open call addressed to artists based in Romania and at the beginning of their careers. In previous years, twenty-nine projects have been produced, and artists Anetta Mona Chișa & Lucia Tkáčová, Aurelia Mihai, and Ciprian Mureșan have been involved in the selection process. This season, Salonul de proiecte continues to open up to the international art scene, having invited Dutch artist Nicoline van Harskamp, to select the projects featured in the present exhibition. Deliberately opting for a salon-type format, which does not aim to impose any explicit grid for reading the works as a whole, the exhibition provides confirmation, the same as in the past, of the consistency of the proposals made by emerging artists and reaffirms that contemporary art is in need of institutional support if it is to play an active role in society. The works cover subject areas and working media that highlight conceptual versatility, an urge to problematise, and the open/performative nature of most of the projects exhibited. As such, the exhibition incorporates experimental music, performance, video, and discursive practices, as well as installations that re-contextualize everyday objects and types of social behaviour.
Dragoș Bădiță explores perceptions of nature by tracing the interaction between natural landscape and mental projections, evoking the destabilising perceptions and ineffable visions that take shape during the course of a day and night spent around the Blue Lagoon lake. Florin Flueraș and Alina Popa believe that any chance of reconnecting with nature has been irremediably compromised.
To believe that such a thing might still be possible depends on nostalgic attachment, because the disenchantment of the world brought about by modernity has proven to be irreversible. As such, they propose an examination of “negative” modes of constructing knowledge based on mysticism, affect and heresy.
Other projects are rooted in problems related to tensions within the social space, such as Daniel Djamo
’s proposal, which re-contextualises the course of a life via everyday material preoccupations. The micro-economy of the individual life represents a revealing reduction of human existence. The Monotremu
group discusses the comforting presence of religion within the quotidian sphere, and this phenomenon is all the more widespread the more precariousness has come to affect a major fragment of the social domain. Helplessness and illusory hope become integral elements of everyday rituals. The [Perplex]
collective is experimenting with a type of design that synthesises the inferiority complex. What they are in fact analysing is the self-colonisation that conditions not only subjectivity and interpersonal relations within corporatist environments, but also power relations between the state entities that confront each other within the arena of geopolitics. For the first time in Salonul de proiecte’s exhibitions, Sillyconductor
creates a sound experiment, constructing a multifunctional platform – Pianosaurus
– that allows the public to discover “what one or more pianos can sound like when there are no physical/mechanical limitations on the reproduction of a musical note.”