Intro to contemporary art – Seasons End

Image from a guided tour of the exhibition Seasons End. Photo credit: Mihai Toth

The course organised in the exhibition space of Seasons End will present the context within which concepts such as Earthworks, Land Art, Ecological Art, Ecofeminist Art emerged and the evolution of the artistic practices that these were applied to from the late 1960s until the early 1990s. 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.

Curated by Kasia Redzisz and co-curated by Georgia Țidorescu, Seasons End is dedicated to the history of the relationship between artists and nature in Central and Eastern Europe. Presenting regional artistic practices connected to the natural environment, the exhibition joins over 30 artists and artistic groups from countries such as Bulgaria, The Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, as well as from the diaspora.

The exhibition Seasons End has been organised with the support of the following partners and sponsors:

Partner of the mediation programme: Contrasens Cultural Association
Financing authorities: The Romanian Ministry of Culture, The Project Centre of the Timișoara Municipality
With the support of: Galeria Plan B, Ivan Gallery, TRIADE Foundation, Jecza Gallery, acb Gallery, Lithuanian National Museum of Art
Sponsors: ISHO, Policolor