Artist talk:

Ciprian Mureșan (RO)
13 november 2014

Ciprian Mureşan critically approaches in his artistic practice subjects relevant to contemporary culture, such as recent history and the art history canon, through works that reflect the sometimes absurd breaks between East and West. Using video, drawing, object, the artist follows at the same time the relation between what a work shows and hides, as well as the problem of the authorship and “originality” of an artistic product. For the presentation at Salonul de proiecte, Ciprian Mureșan will talk about some of his recent works and there will be a screening of Dog Luv (2009) and I’m Protesting Against Myself (2011).

I’m Protesting Against Myself (co-authored by Gianina Cărbunariu) presents a puppet that yells his discontents from a garbage can, enumerating a series of reasons for creating a revolt, including one against himself. Dog Luv, based on a text written by Saviana Stănescu, discusses the overthrowing of power relations between leaders and disciples and the dark side of human nature, predisposed to violence and extreme revolt acts.

Ciprian Mureșan is an artist who lives and works in Cluj; from 2005 he is editor of IDEA art + society magazine. In 2014 he was guest professor at Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig. His recent solo exhibitions include: Obstacle Racing, Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig (2014), Stage and Twist (with Anna Molska), Tate Modern, Londra (2012), Recycled Playground, on view successively at FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims (2011), Centre d'art contemporaine, Genève (2012) și Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2013), n.b.k. - Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (2010).

Selected group exhibitions: HOTSPOT CLUJ - New Romanian Art, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art (2013), Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Sounds Like Silence, Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV), Dortmund; The Freedom of Sound. John Cage behind the Iron Curtain, Ludwig Museum, Budapest (2012), Les Promesses du passé, Centre Pompidou, Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris (2010); The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, New Museum, New York; The Seductiveness of the Interval, Romanian Pavilion, the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009).