Bucharest Biennale of Young Artists

The Young Artists' Biennial Bucharest 2008

03 Oct - 03 Nov 2008

The Young Artists' Biennial, Bucharest 2008 – 3rd Edition
3 October – 3 November, 2008

Ami Barak

Biennial Director:
Romelo Pervolovici

Artistic Director:
Maria Manolescu

The third edition of the Biennial of Young Artists aims first and foremost to be an overview of the international contemporary art while closely associating the Romanian scene to the international scene. It presents itself as an instant photograph of contemporary creation so as to update the contemporary processes of art and help the general public understand the latest artistic and cultural developments better. Think Global and act Local could be one of the first statements and despite being inspired by the previous years’ motto of the Biennial, “Art is Always Somewhere Else”, I wish to give to this year’s edition the title “Re-Construction”.

I noticed during my permanent contacts with the Romanian artists, critics and curators as well as from other countries of the former Eastern bloc that one of the questions obsessing them is this spread and ambiguous feeling of normalisation. The question is not solely put by people from here but also by all the others. What makes them similar and what makes them different? When the imposed ideological differences have grown blurred, what does it mean to be like everyone else on the artistic level? And this one quickly reaches a paradox because the artist is first of all a personality of exception and not somebody similar to the others.

Being normal on the artistic level has to be considered in historical and dialectical terms. History wanted that for all the post-war periods until after the wall. Two cultures and two ideologies were confronted and immediately the main obsession was to fill the gap. Somehow the exception in the bad sense was on the other side of the iron curtain.

In this sense, what does it mean for an artist to be upgraded when its explicit and implicit goal is to be himself and obviously different from the others. How does one preserve and cultivate an identity in this symptomatic moment where globalisation is present all over the planet? What occurred in the West and did not take place in the East? And as a consequence, what type of attitude and way of making art is necessary to update oneself and to fill in the gap?

The historians of contemporary art agree today and consider that especially in the sixties and seventies we witnessed what is called the process of deconstruction. I will not develop this rather philosophical concept, denoting a process by which the texts and languages of Western philosophy (in particular) appear to shift and complicate in meaning when read in the light of the assumptions and absences they reveal within themselves. But what is clear today is that in terms of vocabulary and in terms of the formal and conceptual level, the art of today is largely dependent on the deconstruction process.

The idea of the exhibition is: how can the artist proceed to a reconstruction work and at the same time deal with the deconstruction heritage?

In this particular moment of the present times’ history, when individualism is structured more strongly than ever, the artists are still using consequently an universal language strongly inspired by the radical tradition but in order to build individual stories.

I intend to do a research in-depth about the situation of the contemporary art in this area, namely in Moldova, Ukraine, Bulgaria and Serbia.

We are going to invite about 40 international artists, and around 10 to 12 Romanian artists. The aim is to choose artists who ( for the big majority ) have never been present in the Young Artists’ Biennial before.

During the opening days, a catalogue will be published, a web page will be developed and a panel discussion will take place as well.


Marlene Haring

Sibin Vasilev

Bora Petkova

Adam Vackar

Filip Smetana

Matěj Smetana

Lucia Tkácová

Anetta Mona Chisa

Benoit Broisat

Cyprien Gaillard

Yann Sérandour

Julien Prévieux

Lisa Junghanss

Ulla von Brandenburg

Jonas Lipps

Great Britain

Anthony Auerbach

Ryan Gander

Sarah Beddington

Luke Collins

James Beckett

IsraelNaama Tsabar

Ariel Schlesinger

Piero Golia

Nicola Gobbetto

Alice Cattaneo

Jorge Satorre

Veaceslav Druţă

Guido van der Werve

Wafae Ahalouch el Keriasti

Agnieszka Kurant

Anna Niesterowicz

Michał Budny

Anca Benera

Victor Man

Olivia Mihălţianu

Dan Acostioaiei

Irina Botea

Liliana Basarab

Arnold Estefan

Adrian Ghenie

Şerban Savu

Andreea Faciu

Costel Chirilă

Peter Szabo

Miklos Szilard

Ivan Grubanov

Ana Prvacki

Pavlina Fichta Cierna

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Rubén Ramos Balsa

Karmelo Bermejo

David Bestué

Marc Vives

Marc Ganzglass

Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson

Tags: Rubén Ramos Balsa, James Beckett, Karmelo Bermejo, Irina Botea, Ulla von Brandenburg, Michał Budny, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Alice Cattaneo, Pavlina Fichta Cierna, Luke Collins, Cyprien Gaillard, Ryan Gander, Adrian Ghenie, Nicola Gobbetto, Piero Golia, Ivan Grubanov, Wafae Ahalouch el Keriasti, Agnieszka Kurant, Jonas Lipps, Victor Man, Anna Niesterowicz, Bora Petkova, Julien Prévieux, Ana Prvacki, Jorge Satorre, Serban Savu, Ariel Schlesinger, Yann Sérandour, Marc Vives, Guido van der Werve