Ana Kun

Ana Kun, The Great Procession of Artists, excerpt from Things are not black x white like in school, 170 x 46 cm, Salzburg, 2019

Ana Kun (b. 1981), visual artist from Timișoara, is part of two artists’ groups: ⅓ of Balamuc and ¼ of Zephyr. She works with text and image, on social, political and environmental issues. Ana has a BA in graphics from the Arts and Design Faculty and a MA in Creative Writing from the English Department of Letters, History and Theology Faculty, both at the West University of Timișoara. 

Ana Kun is active in the independent publishing scene, and has produced around twenty zines and books on political and cultural topics. In 2018, she was commissioned by Architecture Tour to write a two-part article focusing on the traces of the 1989 Romanian Revolution in Timișoara as a heritage issue. In 2019, she collaborated with Typopassage, the local branch of the open-air typography museum, to rewrite Mugur Călinescu’s 1981 political graffiti, facing the archive of contemporary tags, in a project about freedom of speech and vandalism.

Together with Balamuc, she’s part of an ongoing project of nearly daily drawn observations of current events, visible online for almost 7 years now. Zephyr, a group founded by Apolonija Sustersic in 2019, was commissioned by the Art Encounters Biennial in Timișoara to produce Suggestion for the (Next) Day, a complex response to the local issue of poor air quality. This year, she’s been part of the Virus Diary, an online project by Dan Perjovschi at the White Cuib Gallery, sending daily drawings for 7 weeks during the first pandemic lockdown. Currently, her solo show, ← FRAGIL →, takes place at Indecis (artist-run space in Timișoara), with a selection of works done in various states of isolation, including an ongoing concertina piece collecting drawings and texts on the development of the pandemic, and a porcelain drawing about the fragility of reproductive freedom.