WHAT WE DESTROY AND CELEBRATE AT THE SAME TIME
13 december 2012 -
03 february 2013



Artists:
Apparatus 22, Tatiana Fiodorova,
Monotremu, Raluca Popa, Sorin Popescu,
Soyons Impossibles, Iulia Toma


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Last season, Salonul de proiecte acted as a catalyst for the production of local contemporary art, encouraging young artists to formulate proposals that materialised in two group exhibitions presenting works specially produced on the occasion of these events. As a continuation of this approach, a second Open Call has been launched, and this exhibition presents the selection made by artist Aurelia Mihai. One feature worth underlining in connection with this exhibition – and also one which is a symptom of the status of the contemporary artist, who more often than not chooses collaboration, joint actions and engagement in the name of causes that go beyond singular, individual practice/motivation – is the presence of collective work. At a moment when pressures of various kinds might condition certain choices, might dictate predictable subjects and approaches, easily anticipated and assimilated at the level of the symbolic and commercial system of contemporary art, the artists present here act idiosyncratically, they autonomously configure their own subjectivity, creating their own niches within the continuum of a reality marked by crisis. A common thread may nonetheless be detected in their attempt to hijack various formats, mental reflexes, and social habits, by alternating them and constructing unpredictable meanings.

Apparatus 22 works with the phantasm constructed by the fashion industry, the artists revealing the moments of truth and emotions that rise to the surface through the fissures of the “blueprint-of-enhanced-reality”. They hijack the language used in fashion, its hypnotic strategies of seduction, in order to imagine a different future, the same as the Soyons Impossibles collective hijacks the format of yoga exercises

with the aim of revealing the interdependence between spiritual transformation and political emancipation, asking themselves whether personal reconstruction by means of actions achieved using one’s own body can redress economic injustice or discrimination. Iulia Toma meditates on the social code imprinted by the wearing of standardised garments (uniforms, overalls, white coats), and is interested in the mutations that have occurred in the status and representation of female labour in the work place and in the context of housework before and after 1989.

In the case of Tatiana Fiodorova and Raluca Popa, reflection on the past intertwines with elements drawn from their own personal histories, with both artists taking as their starting point works created by their fathers. Fiodorova creates an artist’s book in which she questions the position of the artist in Soviet Moldova, while Raluca Popa constructs an animation, thereby re-contextualising a corpus of drawings in her attempt to recall – and at the same time analyse – her father’s work. Moving from personal experience to investigation of exterior reality, Sorin Popescu exploits the precariousness of street furniture, transforming it into a rudimentary photographic device. In this way, the image is the result of an act that completely suspends the subjective involvement of the artist, also acting as a critical commentary on the hyper-technological present. Resonating with current panic about the imminent end of the world, the Monotremu collective put forward an optimistic vision in which the destruction is celebrated in spectacular choreography, given that the artists believe that everything we destroy and celebrate exists within a relationship of complete interdependence.



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http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-59_4_ Monotremu - Fireworks, 2012 - video, 1’58’’.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-59_5_ What We Destroy and Celebrate at the Same Time.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-59_6_ Raluca Popa - Four human figures, 2012 - loop animation, 4’.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-59_7_ Raluca Popa - Four human figures, 2012 - loop animation, 4’.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-59_8_ Raluca Popa - Four human figures, 2012 - loop animation, 4’.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-59_9_ Raluca Popa - Four human figures, 2012 - loop animation, 4’.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-59_10_ Raluca Popa - Four human figures, 2012 - loop animation, 4’.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-59_11_ Raluca Popa - Four human figures, 2012 - loop animation, 4’.jpg
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http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-59_14_ Tatiana Fiodorova - The search for the social body of the Soviet artist, 2012 - mixed-media installation, artist book, paintings.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-59_15_ Tatiana Fiodorova - The search for the social body of the Soviet artist, 2012 - mixed-media installation, artist book, paintings.jpg
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http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-59_23_ Tatiana Fiodorova - The search for the social body of the Soviet artist, 2012 - mixed-media installation, artist book, paintings.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-59_24_ Iulia Toma - From the blue coat to the flowery house coat, with a stop in corporate-augmented-reality, 2012 - installation, work table, mannequin, uniforms.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-59_25_ Iulia Toma - From the blue coat to the flowery house coat, with a stop in corporate-augmented-reality, 2012 - installation, work table, mannequin, uniforms.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-59_26_ Iulia Toma - From the blue coat to the flowery house coat, with a stop in corporate-augmented-reality, 2012 - installation, work table, mannequin, uniforms.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-59_27_ Iulia Toma - From the blue coat to the flowery house coat, with a stop in corporate-augmented-reality, 2012 - installation, work table, mannequin, uniforms.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-59_28_ Iulia Toma - From the blue coat to the flowery house coat, with a stop in corporate-augmented-reality, 2012 - installation, work table, mannequin, uniforms.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-59_29_ Iulia Toma - From the blue coat to the flowery house coat, with a stop in corporate-augmented-reality, 2012 - installation, work table, mannequin, uniforms.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-59_30_ Iulia Toma - From the blue coat to the flowery house coat, with a stop in corporate-augmented-reality, 2012 - installation, work table, mannequin, uniforms.jpg
http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-59_31_ Iulia Toma - From the blue coat to the flowery house coat, with a stop in corporate-augmented-reality, 2012 - installation, work table, mannequin, uniforms.jpg
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http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-59_34_ Soyons Impossibles - Guilty Yoga, 2012 - 5 channel video installation.jpg
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http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-59_38_ Sorin Popescu - Found poetry, 2012 - series of 7 photographs, 42 x 28 cm each.jpg
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http://salonuldeproiecte.ro/files/gimgs/th-59_40_ Apparatus 22 - Fitting not (Room Two), 2012 – installation.jpg
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