AK 50s

Installation – laboratory

“50s or Soft Despair” is an installation about the biological and psychological threshold of middle age, about moments of balance and analysis, about impulses coming from society at a time when new changes in perception are required; but also about ‘dumb’ states, about unrecognized or unaccepted desires, about the remodelling of identity at different ages.
The installation uses a series of female silhouettes in selected positions in the dance area (following artists who forced creative barriers – conceptually or through the way they used movement and body, but also forgotten artists, whose contribution is under / re-evaluated), relying on a sculptural theatricality: the silhouettes illustrate both idealized or romantic bodies and movements and bodies that speak of female power and determination or of conflicting states, etc. The silhouettes intersect these vertical planes, a balance between abstract elements with a scenography / background role and these figurative presences – body ‘solos’. All elements are made of felt, a material that has both softness and firmness.

Quoted artists: Mary Wigman, Meredith Monk, Lucinda Childs, Yvonne Rainer, Marie Chouinard, Mette Ingvartsen, Mette Edvardsen

Aurora Király approaches the field of contemporary art from various perspectives, as an artist, curator, cultural manager. She has been teaching at the Department of Photography and Dynamic Imagery of the National University of Arts in Bucharest since 2007. Her current works call into question the sources the contemporary artist uses in choosing the themes and how he or she relates to the recent context / history / art history. She is also preoccupied by the influence of international trends and the art market on artistic production, the creation and practices of artists who “listen” and assume their own “voice”.


„50s sau Soft Despair” a fost dezvoltat în cadrul proiectului Practising Solo Collective, la WASP Working Art Space and Production


Production: WASP Studios

Co-producer: 4Culture Association

Project co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund.

The project does not necessarily reflect the Administration of the National Cultural Fund`s view.  The ANCF cannot be held responsible for the project`s contents or use of results. Responsibility for the latter belongs solely to the beneficiary.

The installation can be visited in the frame of eXplore festival #15 at WASP Working Art Space and Production:

  • 17.10.2020 // 19:30 – 21:30, Registration form:
  • 18.10.2020 // 18:30 – 20:30, Registration form
  • 19-25.10.2020 // 15:00 – 19:00, email appointment

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