Tur ghidat cu Diana Marincu: IF A STORY IS PRESENT

On Saturday, August 20th, starting at 17:00, we invite you to discover the first exhibition in Romania dedicated to the renowned Macedonian artists Yane Calovski and Hristina Ivanoska. Curated by Diana Marincu, the exhibition IF A STORY IS PRESENT / DACĂ O POVESTE SE IVEȘTE proposes a selection of personal and collective works, as well as a new installation designed by a group of young artists from Timișoara: Loredana Ilie, Andreea Ioniță, Ana Kun, Bogdan Matei, Teo Papadopol, Gavril Pop, Ioana Terheș and Mihai Toth.

Location: Art Encounters Foundation, 46C Take Ionescu Boulevard, Timișoara

To sign up, please fill out the attached form by Saturday 20th of August, 11:00.


For precaution’s sae, in the current context of an uptick in COVID-19 cases, and due to the fact that guided tours take place in enclosed spaces, groups will be limited to a maximum of 15 participants, and wearing a mask is recommended.

Art Encounters Foundation presents IF A STORY IS PRESENT, the first exhibition in Romania dedicated to internationally renowned Macedonian artists Yane Calovski and Hristina Ivanoska, who live and work in Skopje and Berlin. If a story is present is curated by Diana Marincu and it includes a selection of recent works, both individual and collaborative, as well as a newly produced collective installation with a group of young and emerging artists based in Timișoara, participating in the mentorship organized between May and July this year: Loredana Ilie, Andreea Ioniță, Ana Kun, Bogdan Matei, Teo Papadopol, Gavril Pop, Ioana Terheș, and Mihai Toth.

IF A STORY IS PRESENT is built around a nucleus of works developed over the last five years concerning the Open Form theory, one of the most experimental approaches to art and architecture conceived by Polish architect Oskar Hansen. Flexibility, collective participation, the activation of a “perceptive background,” and individual expression are a few of the elements of the conceptual and pedagogical guidelines that he put forward. Calovski and Ivanoska take these theoretical principles further and, through visual and text-based exercises, focus on society’s invisible structure and propose an extension of the institutional and artistic framework towards a view of the city and individuals as various elements in a composition. This view can create an elastic, non-hierarchical territory offering several conceptual directions for the exhibition by exploring concepts of decentralization of ideas through formal typographical and chromatic language created by the artists.

On the other hand, the exhibition shows works referring to manual labour and to forms of knowing, interpreting and representing narrative strategies, which are activated in relation to the politics of memory and oblivion, of fragmented histories and of fictional, imagined spaces.

Organiser: Art Encounters Foundation

Financer: The Administration of the National Cultural Fund, Centrul de Proiecte al Municipiului Timișoara

Sponsors: ISHO, Thesaurus, Illy

Media partners: TVR Timișoara, Radio Romania Cultural, RFI Romania, Observator Cultural, Zeppelin, Modernism, Arta Magazine, The Institute, Propagarta, StudentFest

Graphic design: Karina Isar

The project is part of the Cultural Program Timișoara 2023 – European Capital of Culture and is financed by the City of Timișoara through the Centre for Projects.