COMMUNITY IN SOLITUDE. SOCIALIZATION AS A POST-ANALOG PRACTICE
Matei Bejenaru, Gabriela Mateescu, Ghenadie Popescu, Liliana Mercioiu Popa
Curator: Andreea Căpitănescu
Starting from the premise that art is one of the essential elements for accelerating social development in transition situations, the project “Community in solitude. Socialization as a post-analog practice”, initiated by Andreea Căpitănescu, together with the team of artists and curators from Bucharest, Iași, Timișoara and Chișinău, aims to articulate new strategies to facilitate the access and the creation of contemporary art in the extraordinaty context generated by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
In the 17th century, the French philosopher Blaise Pascale wrote: “All the problems of humanity start from the inability of the man to sit quietly in a room, alone.” Today, in the context in which the whole world has lived the experience of social isolation, it is necessary to review this statement of Pascal and to weigh again how both the idea of “community” and that of “loneliness” shape society and its individuals. The project proposes an artistic research approach of solitary experiences, but also of socialization as strategies of creation, development, and survival.
The project invites artists from Iași – Matei Bejenaru, Timișoara – Liliana Mercioiu Popa, Chișinău – Ghenadie Popescu and Bucharest – Gabriela Mateescu, in a process of reflection on the loneliness of the last year and the creation of a new temporary artistic community. Each of the invited artists approached in their previous work the theme of community – in the analog or digital space, and of solitary artistic practice. They are also active members of art groups and university centers where they live, so they can become the communicating bridge with young people and students in these communities, generating new formats of socialization and connection to the creative group. At the invitation of the curator and cultural manager, Andreea Căpitănescu, the invited artists develop and moderate alternative forms of artistic and practical post-analog collaboration.
The project “Community in solitude. Socialization as a post-analog practice” hosted an online research and creation laboratory, as well as a space for dialogue-speeches, presented publicly, on the website waspmagazine.com. Within these dialogues, the involvement of artists in different social micro-cosmos was sought, to start an analysis / debate on the role of artistic communities in the recovery policy from the COVID-19 crisis. Last but not least, the online laboratory functioned as an alternative space for presenting the artistic projects developed within the project by the artists Matei Bejenaru, Gabriela Mateescu, Ghenadie Popescu and Liliana Mercioiu Popa.
Production: Căpitănescu St. Andreea PFA. Co-production: 4Culture Association and WASP Studios
Cultural project co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund
Partners: West University of Timișoara – Faculty of Arts and Design, T-act / Center for Contemporary Art and Theoretical Studies, George Enescu National University of Arts – Faculty of Visual Arts and Design, Center for Contemporary Photography Iași.
The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or the way the project results can be used. This is entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the funding.
Media partners: Radio România Cultural, Modernism, Revista Zeppelin, Revista ARTA, Feeder, IQads, România Pozitivă