Just Another Brick in the Wall: Models of Art Production in Romania, 2011

Barbara Seiler Gallery, Anwandstr. 67, Zurich, Switzerland
December 8-January 7, 2012

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

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?

Photos of the exhibition are posted here and here:  www.olgaistefan.wordpress.com

In conjunction with the exhibition, a publication was produced that includes an essay introducing the concept of the show, the way the exhibition developed, as well as interviews with Romanian collectives, organizations, and artists who discuss the situation in Romania’s art scene, as well as the socio-economic and political context in which they operate.

Press on the show

Just Another Brick in the Wall on Artmargins – interviews, description of the project, and texts – Artmargins.com

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