Presentation moderated by curator Anca Rujoiu
Facebook online event, 10:00 – 12:00
The first artist talk of the event “AND WHAT ART CAN DO ABOUT IT?” will take place online on Friday 28 October, 10:00 – 12:00 and features guest artist Moe Satt. The discussion will be moderated by Anca Rujoiu who will be joined by artists Irina Botea Bucan and Jon Dean (mentors) and the 8 participants selected from the open call held in early September: Elvisey Pisica, Cosmina Morosan & Anticorp Solar, Gene Tanta, Kiki Mihuta, Thomas Steyaert, Irina Motroc, Moncea Malina, Teodora Rotaru. The discussion with artist Moe Satt will include a workshop dedicated to the project participants and will take place after the event.
Moe Satt is a visual and performance artist from Myanmar, who uses his own body as a symbolic field for exploring self, identity, embodiment, and political resistance. He is part of a renowned generation of experimental contemporary Burmese artists who overcame government censorship and oppression to engage with conceptual artwork, the body, and identity. He founded the Beyond Pressure International Performance Art Festival in Yangon, Myanmar.
The project “And what art can do about it?” collaboratively conceived by Irina Botea Bucan & Jon Dean, Anca Rujoiu and Andreea Căpitănescu, initiated by WASP STUDIOS, questions a recurring theme in contemporary society, namely the relationship between art and eco-socio-political crises.
The solidarity of the international community in the crisis of the war in Ukraine and the eco-climatic crisis that was born in the wake of this disaster is perhaps unprecedented, therefore making us think about this project. The proximity of the aggression and the impact of the media – which broadcasts non-stop information and images from the scene – completely captured our attention and everyone tried to help unconditionally. The effects of the war will be long-lasting and will leave a legacy that will be hard to overcome.
But social crises, military conflicts and political repression have always occurred in different corners of the world. In order to better understand and discover how these crises have been and are being managed by artists, curators and theorists, we set out to develop a project that would offer through dialogue and creative space, exhibition opportunities and new collaborations between artists from Romania and other European and global territories.
During the development period there will be: artists talks, workshops and an artist presentation. The project will be finalised with a group exhibition at WASP Working Art Space and Production showcasing the work of the selected artists: Elvisey Pisica, Cosmina Morosan & Anticorp Solar, Gene Tanta, Kiki Mihuta, Thomas Steyaert, Irina Motroc, Moncea Malina, Teodora Rotaru.
Cover image: Moe Satt, F n’ F (Face and Fingers), 2008-2012
Producer: WASP Studios
Co-producer: 4 Culture Association
Project co-financed by the Bucharest City Hall through ARCUB within the Affective Bucharest Program 2022. For detailed information about the financing program of the Bucharest City Hall through ARCUB, you can access www.arcub.ro.
The cultural project is co-financed by the National Cultural Fund Administration (AFCN). It does not necessarily represent the position of AFCN. The AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or the manner in which the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the funding recipient.
Project co-funded by the European Union – Creative Europe Programme, in the framework of Life Long Burning – Towards A Sustainable Eco-System for Contemporary Dance in Europe, as part of Performance Situation Room activity.
Media partners: Radio România Cultural, Modernism, Revista Zeppelin, Revista ARTA, Feeder, IQads, România Pozitivă