THE WRETCHED OF THE EARTH
11.11. – 18.12.2016




Opening: November 11, 19:00

Artists: Mona Vătămanu și Florin Tudor



The exhibition presents a comprehensive selection of works produced over the last few years by duo Mona Vătămanu and Florin Tudor, works not hitherto exhibited in Bucharest, and also a number of new works specially conceived for this occasion. The public will be able to get an idea of the multiple directions and media that make up the practice of Vătămanu and Tudor. An emphasis on research is the unifying factor in their complex explorations, articulated through video, performance, painting, objects, installations, and interventions in space, all of which make visible the artists’ commitment to reflecting on the pressing problems of the contemporary world.

In the current global context, marked by the migration crisis, by deeper and deeper economic and social inequalities, by geopolitical equations and power relations dictated solely by the flow of capital, contemplation of the future can represent an exercise that highlights disillusion and hopelessness, or contrariwise, it can reveal possibilities of counteracting the asperities of the present through solidarity, shared ideals and communality. This duality is tested in the collective staging of an eighteenth-century painting by Giandomenico Tiepolo, Il Mondo Nuovo (The New World). The painting was first staged in 2004 and the work is here repeated for the third time, in the setting of the defunct Dudești armaments factory, a ruin from the past, which coexists alongside the seeds of a less dystopian development of the urban periphery. Bucharest is a city that systematically chooses to hide its wounds and to employ grandiloquent buildings to mask the irresolvable contradictions of its own history. In their practice, Vătămanu and Tudor often propose symbolic gestures of rehabilitation and healing, while at the same time pointing to a subtle interpenetration of the local and the global, of specific topologies, on the one hand, and the ideological ramifications of a socio-historical context, on the other. Through a non-emphatic proposal, for example, the artists conceive of a polemical transformation of the Cathedral of National Redemption, or else they set underway a reconstruction of the cosmos, employing cheap, renewable materials available to everybody. And such tacit interventions rest alongside the polyphonic din of a planet in upheaval, which the cumulative installation Encounter with History forces us to confront.

These are just a few of the provocative questions that the artists constantly ask us: Might the future be imagined differently? Might painful, traumatic reflection on the past bring about a reconversion of the way in which we choose to relate to the present and future? Might shreds of past utopias point the way towards transforming the entropic course of the present-day world?

Mona Vătămanu & Florin Tudor (b. 1968/1974) work together since 2000. Recent solo exhibitions: Flying Utopia, tranzit.sk/ Bratislava, 2015; Le monde et la dette, D+T Project, Brussels, 2015; I do not know the real story which happens there, Argos Centre for Arts and Media, Brussels, 2014; 46°19′41″N 23°12′44″E Geamana, Andreas Huber Gallery, Vienna, 2014; All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, Extracity, Antwerp, 2013; I Dreamt the Work of Another Artist, Kunsthalle Lissabon, 2013; The Order of Things, DAAD Galerie, Berlin, 2012; Geometric Analogies, D+T Project, Bruxelles, 2012; Land Distribution, Lombard Freid Projects, New York, 2011; All Power to the Imagination!, Secession, Grafischess Kabinett, Vienna, 2009; Mona Vătămanu & Florin Tudor, Surplus Value, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, 2009; August, Andreiana Mihail Gallery, Bucharest, 2008; Living Units, Project Room, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, 2003. Participation in group exhibitions: Still (the) Barbarians, EVA Biennial, Limerick, 2016; All Men Become Sisters, Muzeum Sztuki ms2, Łódź, 2015; A Luxury We Cannot Afford, Para Site, Hong Kong, 2015; Social Factory, 10th Shanghai Biennale, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, 2014; A History, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2014; Something in Space Escapes Our Attempts at Surveying, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, 2014; Atlas of Modernity, The 20th and 21st Century Art Collection, Muzeum Sztuki ms2, Łódź, 2014; Meeting Points 7, Ten Thousand Wiles and a Hundred Thousand Tricks, M HKA, Antwerp, 2013; Videonale.14, Kunstmuseum Bonn, 2013; Untitled, 12th Istanbul Biennale, 2011; Call the Witness, Roma Pavilion Collateral Event, 54th Venice Biennale, 2011; Shockworkers of the Mobile Image, 1st Ural Industrial Biennial, Ekaterinburg, 2010;
Over the Counter, Műcsarnok, Kunsthalle, Budapesta, 2010; 5th Berlin Biennale, When Things Cast No Shadow, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2008;
Art as Gift, Periferic Biennale 8, Jassy; Low-Budget Monuments, Romanian Pavilion, 52nd Venice Biennale, 2007.

Special thanks: Dana Andrei, Liliana Anton, Dan Dinoiu, Florin Flueraș, Marius Iacob, Nona Inescu, Sorin Istudor & Kalliopi Dimou, Vlad Nancă, Alina Popa, Raluca Popa, Sorin Popescu, Clara Judit Tudor, František Zachoval, Mathilda Zachoval.

The exhibition is organised by Salonul de proiecte Association as part of the project Building the Social: Art and Architecture.







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http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_2_ The Dead Are Silent, 2016 - intervention with candles.jpg
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http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_8_ Le monde et les choses, 2015 - dand-sewn textile.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_9_ Le monde et les choses, 2015 - dand-sewn textile.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_10_ Le monde et les choses, 2015 - dand-sewn textile.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_11_ Le monde et la dette, 2015 - hand-sewn textile.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_12_ Le monde et la dette, 2015 - hand-sewn textile.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_13_ Le monde et la dette, 2015 - hand-sewn textile.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_14_ The Dead Are Silent, 2016 - intervention with candles.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_15_ Rust Ingots, 2009 - installation.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_16_ Rust Ingots, 2009 - installation.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_17_ The Dead Are Silent, 2016 - intervention with candles.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_18_ The Dead Are Silent, 2016 - intervention with candles.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_21_ Appointment with History, 2007-2016 - 20 oil paintings.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_20_ Appointment with History, 2007-2016 - 20 oil paintings.jpg
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http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_22_ Appointment with History, 2007-2016 - 20 oil paintings.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_23_ Nowhere, 2016 - installation - wood, barbed wire, tracing paper.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_24_ Nowhere, 2016 - installation - wood, barbed wire, tracing paper.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_25_ Nowhere, 2016 - installation - wood, barbed wire, tracing paper.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_26_ Nowhere, 2016 - installation - wood, barbed wire, tracing paper.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_27_ Il Mondo Nuovo, 2016 - video hd 3 min 41 sec.jpg
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http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_30_ Impossibly Miraculous Situation, 2016 - architectural model - concrete, wood, medicine packaging.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_31_ Impossibly Miraculous Situation, 2016 - architectural model - concrete, wood, medicine packaging.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_32_ Impossibly Miraculous Situation, 2016 - architectural model - concrete, wood, medicine packaging.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_33_ Impossibly Miraculous Situation, 2016 - architectural model - concrete, wood, medicine packaging.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_34_ The Wretched of the Earth.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_35_ The Dust, 2006 - Super 8 film, digital transfer, 6 min 08 sec.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_36_ Impossibly Miraculous Situation, 2016 - architectural model - concrete, wood, medicine packaging.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_37_ Impossibly Miraculous Situation, 2016 - architectural model - concrete, wood, medicine packaging.jpg
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http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_40_ Peace or Freedom, 2015-2016 - hand-sewn textile.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_41_ Peace or Freedom, 2015-2016 - hand-sewn textile.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_42_ Peace or Freedom, 2015-2016 - hand-sewn textile.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_43_ A Poor Cosmology, 2016 - intervention with dough on drywall and on the floor.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_44_ A Poor Cosmology, 2016 - intervention with dough on drywall and on the floor.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_45_ A Poor Cosmology, 2016 - intervention with dough on drywall and on the floor.jpg
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http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_48_ The Wretched of the Earth, 2016 - film 16 mm, digital transfer, 11 min 48 sec.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-134_49_ Le soleil et son double, 2014 - film 16 mm, digital transfer, 4 min 51 sec.jpg