Aiurart Contemporary Art Space and Experimental Project Association, Bucharest: MOMENTUM 2

MOMENTUM 2

Artists: Michele Bressan, Irina Botea, Irina Broboană, Cătălin Burcea, Mario Ionescu, Flavia Lupu, Delia Popa, Marilena Preda Sânc, Valeriu Șchiau, Roxana Trestioreanu, Mihai Zgondoiu. Special invited French artist: Veronique Sapin. 

Curator: Olivia Nițiș

April 24th to May 14th, 2014 | Aiurart Contemporary Art Space | 21 Lirei, Bucharest

Project coordination: Oana Băluță and Olivia Nițiș

Opening: April 24th , 7 pm.

Aiurart Contemporary Art Space and Experimental Project Association presents a new episode of MOMENTUM project for which artists are invited to work around the issues of violence and abuse against women. The curatorial intention is to challenge the artists to find various ways of conceptual and visual approach, from trenchant to subtle solutions, using any technique from painting and drawing to installation and video art.

The exhibition will include an evening dedicated to the presentation of the video productions from the first episode Momentum in 2013 and a video of a special invited French artist, Veronique Sapin.

Momentum 2I emerged from a desire to determine the insertion of a thematic segment within art practices in Romania – forms of violence and abuse against women – a topic avoided in local contemporary art for various reasons. One of them seems to be related to the severity and discomfort such issues raise in a culture that combines prejudices concerning gender relations in which violence becomes the norm with the mechanisms of consumer culture in which violence serves marketing policies. On one hand, violence and abuse are perceived as private phenomena, and on the other they are show type subjects consumed by the public as such. They are in fact social phenomena with moral, physical and mental implications to be regulated at the legislative level, through state policies that combat such behavioral deviations. External pressures and those of non-governmental organizations in the country have determined that only in 2012 to be promulgated a law against domestic violence. However, implementation difficulties and mentality limitations keep violence against women at high levels. Internationally one in three women is a victim of violence or a form of abuse.

Women artists and male artists involved in this project have related to the subject in different ways, some allusive other more direct. The works reflect attitudes, personal stories extended to collective ones, forms of social criticism extremely necessary in today's society. 

The main sponsor of this event is ASIROM

Partners: Crama Oprisor, Editura Vellant, Asdesign95, Radio România Cultural, Zeppelin, All Hollow, The Institute, Șapte Seri, Revista Arta, Senso TV Arte, Modernism, ArtClue, Vernisaje, Artindex, Agentiadecarte.ro, Metropotam, TVCity, AR_chitecture TV, LiterNet.ro

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