Intro to contemporary art – Landscape in a Convex Mirror

Image from one of the guided tours of the exhibition Landscape in a Convex Mirror. Photo credit: Mihai Toth

The course organised within the exhibiton space of Landscape in a Convex Mirror will present artistic practices from the 1960s until the present that operate with concepts such as illusory image, anamorphisms, and fictional reality. The presentation will be followed by a selective guided tour and by the analysis of some of the exhibited works in relation to the theme of the course.

Maria Orosan-Telea is a lecturer at the Faculty of Arts and Design in Timișoara. She trained in art history and theory at Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. She has been concerned with contemporary art since her doctoral studies, when she carried out research on Romanian art in the post-communist period. Her collaboration with the Art Encounters Foundation began in 2017 with the publication of the book Art Guide. Introduction to Romanian Contemporary Art. As a curator she has carried out a series of projects in collaboration with Avantpost group, and in 2018 she founded the curatorial program DRAFT. In 2019-2021 she was an assistant in the project “Gender Politics and the Art of European Socialist States” initiated by Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.

Art Encounters Biennial is organised by Art Encounters Foundation. The event is held under the High Patronage of the President of Romania. 
Co-organisers: The Timișoara City Hall, The Timișoara Local Council, The Timiș County Council, Triade Foundation
Main Sponsor: Raiffeisen Bank
Co-financers:The Project Centre of the Timișoara Municipality, The Administration of the National Cultural Fund, The Mondriaan Fund, Institut Français, The Ministry of Culture, The Romanian Cultural Institute 
Part of the programme: TM 2023, European Capital of Culture 
Partner of the mediation programme: Contrasens Cultural Association 
Strategic partner: Timișoara National Theatre 
Partners: n.b.k., The Polish Institute in Bucharest, The French Institute in Timișoara, German Cultural Centre, the Timișoara National Art Museum, West University of Timișoara, The Arts and Design Faculty of the West University of Timișoara, BETA (Timișoara Architecture Biennial), FITT, La Două Bufnițe, FABER, AMBASADA, UAP Timișoara, Cluj Cultural Centre, Timiș County Directorate for Culture, STPT, Corneliu Mikloși Public Transport Museum, Lithuanian National Museum of Art, Plan B Gallery, Jecza Gallery, Avantpost, Video + Radio +  Live, Institutul Prezentului, Insula 42, Electronic Resistance
With the support of: ISHO, Regina Maria, Kingdom of the Netherlands, European ArtEast Foundation London, LC Foundation Bucharest, Grup Transilvae Cluj / Bucharest, MB Art Agency Amsterdam, Thesaurus Wines, illy, Prospero, Melbo Instal, Agasi, Timișoara Traian Vuia International Airport, Saint Gobain, Policolor
Media partners: Radio România Cultural, RFI Romania, The Institute, Zeppelin, Modernism, Revista Arta, Propagarta, StudentFest