22 Sep Bucharest Art Week 2016: November 4-12
Bucharest Art Week: November 4-12, 2016
THE LESSON OF NATURE
The third edition of the international event Bucharest Art Wee will take place this year over November 4-12, in several exhibition spaces across Bucharest. The guest-curator who will oversee this year’s edition is art historian and art critic Oana Tănase. This year as well, the curator sets the theme of the event, which is The Lesson of Nature.
With respect to the working theme The Lesson of Nature, Oana Tănase writes: The intentions of this curatorial proposal, which will define the third edition of Bucharest Art Week 2016, resuming a kaleidoscope format – solo and collective exhibitions, discussions and lectures, workshops and artists’ residences – are to explore, in a dialogue with the artists, theorists and the audience, the way in which a series of extremely diverse artistic practices, together with observations and philosophical inquiries, start from and/or stop at nature, how they strip it, question it, imagine it in keeping with new scenarios.
The preparatory stage of the festival includes research and production scholarships and the Bucharest Art Week residency. This year, the artist and curator Ștefan Rusu from the Republic of Moldova, a close friend of the art scene in Bucharest, is the guest resident. The residence will take place over November 3-30 and it will involve, among other things, a presentation and the critical reviewing of the event in Bucharest. The research and production scholarships were granted by direct invitation, following studio discussions, to artists Iulia Gabriela Toma and Claudiu Cobilanschi. They will undergo documentation sessions in order to elaborate an installation which will be presented as part of Bucharest Art Week 2016.
The visual identity of this year’s Bucharest Art Week was created by designer Anca Adina Cojocaru. As a freelance designer, she has collaborated with several organizations, including: The Polish Institute, the Austrian Cultural Forum, KulturKontact Austria, the Vellant Publishing House or the Recent Art Museum. In 2013, she launched IMACULATURA, a project at the border between art and design and she has exposed at the Studio Arte, Romanian Design Week, Kube Musette and Vienna Design Week.
The manager and the initiator of Bucharest Art Week is Nona Șerbănescu, a Bucharest-born artist with more than 12 years’ experience in creating and managing artistic projects and programs. Nona Șerbănescu says about this year’s Bucharest Art Week: Organizing an international art festival in Bucharest is like dancing on tiptoes, permanently oscillating between the dearth and difficulty of attracting financial resources, bureaucracy and the artists’ and the audience’s needs. However, three years after launching this project, we are now before a harmoniously and delicately etched edition, with an organic growth, probably not by chance built almost fertilely around the theme proposed by Oana Tănase. Although this year’s event does not stand out by its magnitude, its dimension is not negligible at all, and it comes from an in-depth look and an attempt to understand, with all due respect, the artistic processes in their profundity, and this is mostly owed to the curator, Oana Tănase.
Oana Tănase is an independent researcher and curator. Starting 2012, she lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Her most recent curatorial projects include: Script, Stage, Screen – Ciprian Mureșan at Typology Projects / Critical Distance – Centre for Curators (2016), Moving Right Along – Nicolas Fleming (together with Shani K Parsons) at Typology Projects / Critical Distance – Centre for Curators (2015), As If All Yesterday’s News Should Be Rehearsed Today For A Better Tomorrow – Dan Perjovschi at YYZ Artists’ Outlet Toronto (2014). Her collaboration for the current edition of Bucharest Art Week with the Association for the Promotion of Contemporary Arts, the event organizer, is based on a solid dialogue started five years ago, with the opening of the Independent84 cultural center, with the experimental exhibition Without Me, signed by Gili Mocanu and Oana Tănase.
Iulia Gabriela Toma lives and works in Bucharest, her preferred medium being textile materials accompanied by photographs, installations or text. Social topics such as feminism, human rights, interpersonal relationships in closed communities, the urban materiality of living or social equity are the object of her preoccupations. She teaches at the Arts and Textile Design Department of the National University of Arts Bucharest.
Claudiu Cobilanschi works on the edge between art and media, using, as a journalist, many media of expression applied to the unfolding and debate of socio-political topics, and being interested as an artist, in the analysis and aesthetics of those themes. His choice subjects, such as thinking stereotypes, prevision and corporality, mass media and ego-casting, immigration and poverty, are approached using techniques like photography and performance, stereo sound recordings, super 8 cinema camera recordings, interactive films. He has collaborated with institutions from Romania and abroad, such as ParadisGaraj (a project initiated and managed by the artist) & Die Kunsthalle Bukarest, The Platform and Projects Salon – MNAC Annex, The Romanian Cultural Institute, Barbara Seiler Gallery, Kunsthalle Winterthur, Depo Instanbul, Rotwand Gallery, MuseumQuartier, IG Bildende Kunst Vienna, Nida ArtColony Lithuania, Tranzit/Erste, MotorenHalle Dresden, Prototyp Prague, Kunsthalle Krems.
Ștefan Rusu was born in Kaietu, the Moldova Republic; he works as an artist and film producer, editor and curator, living in Chișinău, the Moldova Republic, as well as in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. His curatorial agenda often deals with subjects closely connected to the processes and changes at work in post-communist societies after 1989. Although initially formed as a visual artist, he has also turned towards curatorial work and the management of cultural projects, the editing of TV programs and the production of documentary films. Between 2005-2006 he followed the Curatorial Program of the Stichting DE APPEL Contemporary Art Institute in Amsterdam, where he co-produced the project Mercury in Retrograde. Starting 2000, he has been involved in the evolution of the Center for Contemporary Art – [KSA:K], Chișinău (www.art.md) developing curatorial projects and artistic initiatives. Starting 2013, he moved to Tajikistan, where he supports the Dushanbe Art Ground Center, managing curatorial projects, coordinating programs, as well as fundraising activities and supporting the long-term sustainability of the organization. Ștefan Rusu has coordinated and edited the publications: Spaces on the Run (2015), Reimagining the New Man (2014), Chișinău-Art, Research in the Public Sphere (2011), RO-MD/Moldova in two scenarios (2008). In 2012, he participated in the Berlin Biennale (7th edition) with the documentary Reclaiming the City – a reflection on the dramatic socio-economic changes, the structural transformations undergone by the city after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the impact of the gentrification processes on the public space.
Bucharest Art Week is an annual international event now at its third edition, financed by AFCN, the second session 2016 of Cultural Projects and by ARCUB – the Cultural Center of the Municipality of Bucharest through the Program Bucharest, the In-Visible City. The organizer, the Association for the Promotion of Contemporary Arts (APAC), was created in 2010, with the aim to promote and support artists from the sphere of contemporary visual and performing arts, as well as to facilitate the understanding of contemporary art and of the theoretical discourses accompanying it by a wide and diversified audience. The main goal of the association is to develop programs and projects which should 1) identify the production and communication needs for contemporary art in Romania, as well as the difficulties in the reception of art by the audience and 2) to contribute to articulating alternative directions or to complement the policies of the public cultural institutions, formulating working instruments for artists and theorists, as well as communication and education platforms for the public.
We will publish more news about Bucharest Art Week, as it becomes available, on the official website of the event: www.bucharestartweek.ro and on the page: www.Facebook.com/BucharestArtWeek