IOANA NEMEȘ:
SOMETIMES WE SHOULDN'T PRETEND EVERYTHING IS OK.
21 june – 04 august 2013



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Two years after Ioana passed away, we have taken upon ourselves the gesture of making a first attempt to reflect upon her artistic practice. Without any claim to being a retrospective, the selection of works concentrates on the Monthly Evaluations series (2003-2011). The exhibition brings together a discontinuous constellation of “days”, which, as Ioana used to say, form “a meta-narrative of consumed time”, in which the linear perception of time is diverted towards a different kind of reading. In various visual formats, the schema of a “day” condenses a rigorous, elaborate system whereby Ioana investigated her existential journey, according to parameters that took into account her physical, emotional, intellectual and financial state and the coefficient of luck. The rigour of the method of evaluation, which became a constant exercise in Ioana’s life, is counterbalanced by the fact that she opens to us a means of accessing own intimacy. This experience continues to reverberate, in a subtle and indeterminate way, with the inner processes of each and every one of us.

Although it was difficult, the exercise of re-establishing contact with the archive of “days” brought us closer to Ioana once more and at the same time made us become aware of the inevitable shift in perception caused by the fact that re-reading them occurs now, when she is no longer among us.


The majority of the works in the exhibition are reconstructions of the “days” and “months” conceived by Ioana over the course of time, and so the various ways of conceptualising this subject are shown here in the same space for the first time.

We would like this exhibition to open the way to new research and perspectives on an artist as complex as Ioana. Other aspects of her artistic practice deserve similarly sustained attention. In conjunction with the exhibition at the Salonul de proiecte, two inserts will be published in IDEA arts + society magazine, presenting newly commissioned texts written by two curators with whom Ioana Nemeș worked closely: Livia Paldi and Alina Șerban. These publications, which also include an interview with Ioana Nemeș and a hitherto unpublished text by her, will be available at the opening of the exhibition.

Special thanks: KILOBASE BUCHAREST, Apparatus 22, Ioana Nemeș Circle of Friends,Jiri Svestka Gallery, Livia Paldi, Alina Șerban, Claudia Pascu, Timotei Nădășan, Anne Barlow, Courtenay Finn, Bettina Sporr.



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http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_1_ Ioana Nemeș_ Sometimes we shouldn’t pretend everything is OK_v2.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_2_ Ioana Nemeș - The Wall Project, 2004 - Audio CD, 26’ - Published by Trafó Gallery, Budapesta, for the exhibition Green Box.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_3_ Ioana Nemeș_ Sometimes we shouldn’t pretend everything is OK_v2.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_5_ Ioana Nemeș - Diorama_29_03_2005 (-), 2005 - Mixed media, 70 x 45 x 50 cm -The collection of The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_6_ Ioana Nemeș_ Sometimes we shouldn’t pretend everything is OK_v2.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_7_ Ioana Nemeș_ Sometimes we shouldn’t pretend everything is OK_v2.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_8_ Ioana Nemeș - Untitled - Collage series, 24 x 17_5 cm each - Reconstruction after the exhibition Times Colliding, Art in General, NY, 2011.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_9_ Ioana Nemeș - Untitled - Collage series, 24 x 17_5 cm each - Reconstruction after the exhibition Times Colliding, Art in General, NY, 2011.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_10_ Ioana Nemeș_ Sometimes we shouldn’t pretend everything is OK_v2.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_11_ Ioana Nemeș_ Sometimes we shouldn’t pretend everything is OK_v2.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_12_ Ioana Nemeș_ Sometimes we shouldn’t pretend everything is OK_v2.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_13_ Ioana Nemeș - Untitled (Monday 8_03_2004), from the series Vanishing Point, 2008 - Epoxide, paint, lacquer, 100 x 70 x 10 cm - Loan from Jiri Svestka Gallery, PragueBerlin.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_14_ Ioana Nemeș - Untitled (Friday 11_01_2008), from the series Vanishing Point, 2008 - Epoxide, paint, lacquer, 100 x 70 x 10 cm - Loan from Jiri Svestka Gallery, PragueBerlin.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_15_ Ioana Nemeș - Untitled (Monday 19_06_2006), from the series Time Exposure, 2008 - Epoxide, paint, lacquer, 100 x 70 x 10 cm - Loan from Jiri Svestka Gallery, PragueBerlin.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_16_ Ioana Nemeș - Untitled (Friday 9_09_2005), from the series Time Exposure, 2008 - Epoxide, paint, laquer, 100 x 70 x 10 cm - Loan from Jiri Svestka Gallery, PragueBerlin.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_17_ Ioana Nemeș - Untitled (Tuesday 27_09_2005), from the series Time Exposure, 2008 - Epoxide, paint, lacquer, 100 x 70 x 10 cm - Loan from Jiri Svestka Gallery, PragueBerlin.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_18_ Ioana Nemeș - Monthly Evaluations (08_03_09) - Wall painting - Reconstruction after the exhibition The One Who Knows That Knows, Still Does Not Know How to Know, Galerija Nova, Zagreb, 2009.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_19_ Ioana Nemeș_ Sometimes we shouldn’t pretend everything is OK_v3.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_20_ Ioana Nemeș - Times Colliding (Monthly Evaluations - 6_09_2006, 22_09_2007, 12_04_2011) – Sculpture - Reconstruction after the exhibition Times Colliding, Art in General, NY, 2011.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_21_ Ioana Nemeș - Times Colliding (Monthly Evaluations - 6_09_2006, 22_09_2007, 12_04_2011) – Sculpture - Reconstruction after the exhibition Times Colliding, Art in General, NY, 2011.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_22_ Ioana Nemeș - Times Colliding (Monthly Evaluations - 6_09_2006, 22_09_2007, 12_04_2011) – Sculpture - Reconstruction after the exhibition Times Colliding, Art in General, NY, 2011.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_23_ Ioana Nemeș - Times Colliding (Monthly Evaluations - 6_09_2006, 22_09_2007, 12_04_2011) – Sculpture - Reconstruction after the exhibition Times Colliding, Art in General, NY, 2011.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_24_ Ioana Nemeș - Times Colliding (Monthly Evaluations - 6_09_2006, 22_09_2007, 12_04_2011) – Sculpture - Reconstruction after the exhibition Times Colliding, Art in General, NY, 2011.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_25_ Ioana Nemeș - Times Colliding (Monthly Evaluations - 6_09_2006, 22_09_2007, 12_04_2011) – Sculpture - Reconstruction after the exhibition Times Colliding, Art in General, NY, 2011.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_26_ Ioana Nemeș - Times Colliding (Monthly Evaluations - 6_09_2006, 22_09_2007, 12_04_2011) – Sculpture - Reconstruction after the exhibition Times Colliding, Art in General, NY, 2011.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_27_ Ioana Nemeș - Times Colliding (Monthly Evaluations - 6_09_2006, 22_09_2007, 12_04_2011) – Sculpture - Reconstruction after the exhibition Times Colliding, Art in General, NY, 2011.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_28_ Ioana Nemeș - Times Colliding (Monthly Evaluations - 6_09_2006, 22_09_2007, 12_04_2011) – Sculpture - Reconstruction after the exhibition Times Colliding, Art in General, NY, 2011.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_29_ Ioana Nemeș - Monthly Evaluations - 29_12_2005 (-) - Wall painting - Reconstruction after the exhibition Indirect Speech, Kunsthalle Fridericianum Kassel, 2006.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_31_ Ioana Nemeș - Monthly Evaluations - 29_12_2005 (-) - Wall painting - Reconstruction after the exhibition Indirect Speech, Kunsthalle Fridericianum Kassel, 2006.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_32_ Ioana Nemeș - Monthly Evaluations - 29_12_2005 (-) - Wall painting - Reconstruction after the exhibition Indirect Speech, Kunsthalle Fridericianum Kassel, 2006.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_33_ Ioana Nemeș_ Sometimes we shouldn’t pretend everything is OK_v2.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_35_ Ioana Nemeș_ Sometimes we shouldn’t pretend everything is OK_v2.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_36_ Ioana Nemeș - Monthly Evaluations - 14_01_2004, 26_08_2006, 30_10_2007, 17_03_2008, from the series Lost Days - Reconstruction after the exhibition Where do we go from here, Secession Vienna, 2010.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_37_ Ioana Nemeș - Monthly Evaluations - 14_01_2004, 26_08_2006, 30_10_2007, 17_03_2008, from the series Lost Days - Reconstruction after the exhibition Where do we go from here, Secession Vienna, 2010.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-56_38_ Ioana Nemeș - Monthly Evaluations (12_01_06) - Wall painting - Reconstruction after the Monthly Evaluations (12,20,28_01_06) exhibition at The Romanian Cultural Institute, NY, 2006.jpg