Golden Black by Radu Mocanu
After the debut of the project “25 Years After” in September, with Andreea Dobrin’s exhibition “Țică! Ceaușescu has fallen!” (more info), NAG Pop Up Gallery currently hosts the solo show “Golden Black” by young artist Radu Mocanu, curator: Ioana Ciocan, architect: Attila Kim. The event was also part of Bucharest Art Weekend.
The exhibition reveals the strong impact of the petroleum geopolitics on the contemporary political scene and agenda, with focus on its military component. In this context, the artist presents the situation of the Romanian army before 1989 until current date and the sad irony of its evolution.
In 1989 the 300000 soldiers army “was being used by the communist state for free agricultural labor, gathering maize, beetroots and potatoes”, as a tool of the community – “it served the Party and collaborated with workers, peasants and intellectuals for the development of the country”. Then, after the Romanian Revolution, there was a heavy restructuring, leaving the army with 80000 soldiers in 2014, and 2000 of these soldiers were stationed in Afghanistan. In the past 12 years, since 2002, 23 Romanian soldiers lost their lives there. We see each soldier on black gasoline canisters, inside the exhibition space, then there is an animation that shows how the oil inside the canister rises with each death, and, in a separate corner, little toy-like soldiers carved in potatoes on earth, as a reference to the pre-1989 period.
The exhibition is open to the public until November 13th, 2014 (Thu-Sun, 11 am – 7 pm).
Radu Mocanu also had a project for ART ON DISPLAY (October 16th – 26th, 2014), with the same title and consisting in two black tires with folkloric patterns imprinted on them, perhaps as a suggestion of the golden black’s negative effect on one’s culture and identity.
About the project
“25 Years After“, curated by Ioana Ciocan, proposes in the NAG Pop Up Gallery space (Magheru One, 7th floor, 1 Gen. Bd. Gheorghe Magheru, Bucharest) a marking of the 25 years post December 89. Young artists, born before 1989 and raised after 1989, are invited to exhibit and perform in the gallery space, offering new perspectives on the 25 years period: “lost places memory; memory of a recounted Revolution, rather than an experienced Revolution; communist vs. capitalist identity; ‘perfect communist moments’ memory and unrealized five year plans utopias”.
Project Team: Ioana Ciocan, Suzana Dan, Attila Kim, Silvia Rogozea.
Golden Black Opening during Bucharest Art Weekend
ART ON DISPLAY Project
Photos: The re:art
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