Community in solitude – an exhibition presented in partnership with Art Encounters Foundation, Timișoara, 15.09.2022 – 04.10.2022

Opening – 15.09.2022 – 18:00

Photo-video workshop coordinated by Matei Bejenaru, organized in partnership with the University of the West in Timișoara, the Faculty of Art and Design, 14-15 of September, 10:00 – 12:00

The “Community in the time of division” project presents to the public, between the 15th of September and the 4th of October 2022, at the Art Encounters Foundation headquarters in Timișoara, the exhibition “Community in solitude”, curated by Andreea Căpitănescu, which is comprised of works made by Matei Bejenaru, Gabriela Mateescu, Andrei Mateescu, Liliana Mercioiu-Popa, Ghenadie Popescu, together with two young graduates of the University of the West in Timișoara – Ana Maria Szollosi and Natalia Silaghi.

Also, on the 14th and 15th of September, between 10:00 and 12:00, a photo-video workshop will take place, coordinated by artist Matei Bejenaru, at the headquarters of the Faculty of Arts and Design, part of the University of the West in Timișoara.

The “Community in solitude” exhibition is centered around the theme of solitude and the new ways of being together. Faced with forced isolation and as an immediate response to open aggression, the invited artists developed physical and virtual spaces for meeting, for dialogue, for rebellion and reflection. The exhibited works call to mind specific times and environments which have marked our collective and individual social existences, altering artistic expressiveness and emotion, often replacing them with anxiety and fear.

The artists participating in this exhibition use their creations to capture their involvement in various social microcosms, achieving a subjective analysis of the roles which artistic/non-artistic communities play in the politics of recovery from the “Covid 19” crisis, and the crises brought forth by recent conflict.

Ana Maria Szollosi – “Open Door” (painting on paper), “Gated Nature”, “Untitled” (paintings on canvas)

Gabriela Mateescu – “When I want to breathe fresh air I open the window” (video)

Gabriela Mateescu and Andrei Mateescu – “ISOLATION / FORWARD AROUND AND BACK” (installation)

Ghenadie Popescu – “Officials (Deportations, 1946-1949)” (video), ”Leukos. The Quickest Response” (sculpture)

Liliana Mercioiu Popa – “From where to where does my person extend, where do the others begin?” (site-specific installation), “Interior images – Internal perspective” (video), “TRUE FALSE” (painting on canvas)

Matei Bejenaru – “From A to C. Device” (video)

Natalia Silaghi – “Stress markers” (site-specific installation), “I WANT TO FEEL THE NATURE” (site-specific installation).

The “Community in the time of division” project seeks to develop a support network for processes of mobility, research, creation, and artistic promotion, within the field of visual arts. Involving artists, organizations and cultural institutions in Bucharest, Timișoara, Iași and Chișinău, the project proposes to articulate new strategies to facilitate access to contemporary art creation, through cooperation and co-production activities.

Production: Căpitănescu St. Andreea PFA. Co-production: 4Culture Association and WASP Studios

A cultural project co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund.

Partners: Art Encounters Foundation Timișoara, University of the West Timișoara – Faculty of Arts and Design, T-act/The Centre for Contemporary Art and Theoretical Studies, AO Association of Young Oberliht Artist, George Enescu National University of Arts, Iași – Faculty of Visual Arts and Design, the Centre for Contemporary Photography Iași.

Media partners: Radio Romania Cultural, Modernism, Zeppelin Magazine, ARTA Magazine, Feeder, IQads, Positive Romania

Cultural project co-financed by the National Cultural Fund Administration. The project does not necessarily represent the position of National Cultural Fund Administration. AFCN is not responsible for the project’s content or for how the project’s results can be used. These aspects fall wholly under the responsibility of the grant beneficiary.