The results of the Art Encounters residency in Timișoara, 2017 has been the production of a performance using objects produced in collaboration with Mihuța Internațional – shoe maker company. The semi-wearable pairs of sandals interconnected through the back straps were inviting audience to connect, leading to temporary connection while questioning the idea of the expanded performance. The objects are functioning both in time of the performance but also as an absence and an invitation.
Liliana Basarab (b. 1979) is a visual artist currently based in Bucharest, who began her career in Iași in the early 2000s. Her socially engaged practice employs a variety of media including performance, sculpture, drawing, workshops and video. Selected exhibitions: Inima o am pe limbă, Sandwich, Bucharest (2020); Ex-East. Past and recent stories of the Romanian avant-garde, Espace Niemeyer, Paris (2019): Life – a User’s Manual, Art Encounters Biennial, Timișoara (2017); Talent is not democratic, art is not luxury, Borderline Art Space, Iași (2016, solo); Girls with ideas [boys and paintings], Lateral ArtSpace, Cluj-Napoca (2016); In Times of Hope and Unrest. Critical Art from Iași, MNAC, Bucharest (2015, with Bogdan Pălie); Vaasa 20X0, Vaasa (2015, with Tuomo Väänänen); LUCK / Do I feel lucky? Do ya, punk?, Głośna Gallery, Poznan (2012, solo); Truth/s, apARTE Gallery, Iași (2011, solo).