Muzeul National de Arta Contemporanea

What About Y[Our] Memory

28 Nov 2014 - 17 May 2015

What About Y[Our] Memory
© Bogdan Bordeianu, Orăstie_Vegas, Hotel & Casino_RO-Archive, 2008.
28 November 2014 – 17 May 2015

Curators: Irina Cios, Iosif Király

Organized on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Bucharest National University of Arts, the exhibition brings together artists who have / were trained in the frame of the Department of Photography and Moving Image, founded in 1995. During its almost 20 years of existence, this department has shaped a formative endeavor centered on multidisciplinarity and conceptual dialogue. The professors who coordinate the department have a sustained artistic activity and have become prominent figures on the international art scene. They set up an educational structure meant to provide students with a solid base of information regarding contemporary practice, artistic and theoretic tendencies. Each of the three years of undergraduate study, offer the students the opportunity to be guided by several artists, enabling thus the experience of various approaches regarding the recorded image processing, static or moving, in its dual role as communication tool and a medium of artistic creation. Further on, master studies invite to a multidisciplinary dialogue aimed at strategies of artistic creation, image and space theory, sociology, philosophy, literature, communication and so on.
Synchronous with a shift of visual paradigm, the onset of this department in Bucharestcontributed to the consolidation of photography, video art and multimedia artistic status. The emergence of the photographic medium accelerated the process of creation and implicitly the communication one, activating the eye not only in the reception but also in the realization of the image. The gesture and the intervention on the support have not been excluded but integrated on another level. The revealing capacity not only refers to the photographic process but also to the selection and revelation of otherwise hardly perceivable aspects of reality. The founders of the Photography and Moving Image Department were among the agents of establishing video and photography as fields of visual experimentation inRomania- a symptom of Post-modernity from the 70’s – 80’s.

The Department’s activities explore media which activate image as well as time. Such media capture and fix a moment in time that is updated with each visualisation. These media witness and preserve but also make the image travel through time making the viewer part of the original experience updated through the emotions that it generates. They are a trigger of memory that reveals not only the history of events but even more the subjective life, the traumas and obsessions which mark the individual and collective subconscious.
The Department’s program of studies starts with the conceptual redefinition of the field of image as a filter of visual universe and of identity as performativity and belonging. It promotes various artistic approaches. On one side it explores both analogue media and digital resources. On the other side it enables the dialogue with the classic media of creation – such as drawing, painting, sculpture – and object, assemblage, or installation. The embrace of the state of transition brings about „art in project”, the process, the participation. There is an exploration of the conceptual discourse that often translates as a form of resistance towards the aestheticized attitude. The image absorbs the languages promoted by mass media. The more society shows a tendency towards uniformisation and globalisation, the more support is given to the expression of particularity and individuality.

These are some of the research directions that shape the activity of the Photography and Moving Image Department and underpin the discourse of the artists which form or have been formed here. One of the most dynamic departments in the National University of Art, it contributes, with each generation, to the formation of established personalities, having their own discourse and being appreciated through prizes, participations in international exhibitions, residencies etc. The current exhibition showcases several points of reference of the energies that have coagulated in the two decades of existence. It facilitates a dialogue between artists and students from several generations which find themselves at various stages in their career. The diversity of artistic approaches spans from photo-video introspective research to interactive multimedia installations or institutional critique and social activism.
WHAT ABOUT Y[OUR] MEMORY is an invitation to explore two decades of formative activity as well as to reflect upon contemporary creation, especially in photography and video, as a stead of memory.

List of participating artists and students: The Bureau of Melodramatic Research (Irina Gheorghe & Alina Popa), Serioja Bocsok, Bogdan Bordeianu, Michele Bressan, Valentin Cernat, Daniel Constantinescu, Alexandra Croitoru, Larisa Crunţeanu & Xandra Popescu, Cristina David, Daniel Djamo, Andrei Enea, Alex Gâlmeanu, Sabin Gârea, Gabriela Gaug, Irina Ghenu, Delia Gheorghiu, Daniel Gherca, Bogdan Gȋrbovan, Radu Igazsag, Nicu Ilfoveanu, Raluca Ionescu, Regele Ionescu, Regina Ionescu, Aurora Király, Iosif Király, Signe Lillemark, Claudiu Lucaci, Şerban Manta, Bogdan Marcu, Andrei Mateescu, Vlad Mihăilescu, Gheorghe Mircea, Valeriu Mladin, Marius Nedelcu, Ioana Nemeş, Raluca Oancea, Malina Omuţ, Mario Oprean, Camelia Opriţa, Alexandru Patatics, Vlad Radu Popescu, Lea Rasovszky, Ştefan Sava, Larisa Sitar, Roxana Trestioreanu, Răzvan Tun, Victor Velculescu, Adrian Vinersan.

Radu Igaszag & Marius Nedelcu: Victor Vasarely
Partners: The National University of Arts and the International Center for Contemporary Art, Atelier 35.
Media partners: igloo, Zeppelin, Șapte Seri,, Radio France Internationale
Sponsor: Crama Oprișor.

Tags: Alexandra Croitoru, Cristina David, Victor Vasarely