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Just Another Brick in the Wall: Models of Art Production in Romania

In Curatorial project on December 1, 2011 at 8:08 pm

H.ARTA / LIA PERJOVSCHI WITH CONTEMPORARY ART ARCHIVE
PARADIS GARAJ / CLUB ELECTRO PUTERE
THE BUREAU FOR MELODRAMATIC RESEARCH
CENTER FOR VISUAL INTROSPECTION / PLAN B GALLERY

DECEMBER 8, 2011 – JANUARY 7, 2012

VERNISSAGE: DECEMBER 8, 6-9 PM
Barbara Seiler Gallery, Anwandstr. 67, Zurich, CH

PUBLICATION IS AVAILABLE AS A PDF HERE.
ONLINE ESSAY CLICK HERE
PANEL DISCUSSION VIDEO CLICK HERE
PHOTOS OF THE EXHIBITION CLICK HERE

MORE ON THE EXHIBITION CLICK HERE

PANEL DISCUSSION: DECEMBER 9, 7-8PM FOLLOWED BY Q+A

FEATURING ADRIAN BOJENOIU, ALEXANDRU NICULESCU, ALINA SERBAN, MIHAI POP AND ESTHER EPPSTEIN FROM MESSAGE SALON.  MODERATED BY OLGA STEFAN.

Just Another Brick in the Wall focuses on the different art systems working simultaneously in Romania, a country that is currently seeing a sort of Renaissance in its artistic output.

By inviting a diversity of groups to propose projects, including non-profit organizations, collaboratives, and commercial endeavors, the often exclusivist curatorial process is subverted in favour of a more democratic platform for exploration and collaboration. The exhibition explores the change in systems in Romania and how artists find their place within them and either adapt or resist.

The show is titled after the Pink Floyd lyric as a double-entendre, alluding to the Berlin wall itself, and the change in political systems, but mainly to the idea that cultural workers and artists are also part of a system that they seem to forget and would rather ignore. Therefore, the show will also feature work about the new systems that are being formed in Romania, alternative or mainstream, and focus on a critical self-analysis. What is each participant’s role in the building of this system, reinforcing its current values, or altering it? What is one’s responsibility vis-à-vis this system, if any? Is alternative really possible or is it a construct that turns into yet another system?

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Supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute, Berlin

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