PASAJ / PASSAGE @ MNAC Anexa

Pasaj / Passage was one of the special NAG#8 projects this year featuring artists Michele BressanLea Rasovszky, and Larisa Sitar (curator Diana Marincu, project manager Alina Bucur), presented at MNAC Annex, in partnership with the National Museum of Contemporary Art, open until June 22nd, 2014.

“The exhibition subsumes three themes ordered in relation to the tension between the mental projections of a space and the everyday reality, which configures the notions of time and belonging related to the personal identity. The first part of the exhibition is based on an understanding of reality mediated by dreams, nostalgia, and utopia, opening an idealistic mental projection. The second part is formed of elements which scramble this initial discourse, and outlines the disrupters between individuals and nature, or society in general. The discrepancy between desire and outcome determines a permanent state of uncertainty and a diffuse frame of reference. Thus, the last section of the exhibitionrejects any symbolic authority and creates an emerging interstitial space where the negotiation between a given place and its translation takes shape.”

 

LEA RASOVSZKY

The Heavies Weight on my Pristine Shoulders

object, 300 x 30 x 260 cm, 2014

“The children’s swing is here hijacked and turned into a mechanism of manipulation which we are often unaware of: The issue of the social coercive systems tries to understand in relation to the political options, religious beliefs, and personal choices people often make to the expense of personal freedom.”

The Heavies Weight on my Pristine Shoulders

The Heavies Weight on my Pristine Shoulders

The Heavies Weight on my Pristine Shoulders

Dig the Inbetween

site-specific installation, 2014

The installation “marks the end of the exhibition and challenges the viewers who want to discover the interior thereof. The letters draw in the space an area which overlaps at a sensory and visual level with what the artist believes to be an absence of the present or the impossibility of defining oneself but in relation to the past or the future, while the present moment remains a perpetual passageway.”

Dig the Inbetween

Dig the Inbetween

Dig the Inbetween

 

MICHELE BRESSAN

Like in One of My Dreams

installation, variable dimensions, 2014

The installation “explores the passage crossed by a person alone when finding oneself between life and death. The miniature rendition of a burial scene changes the relation between death and human perception on it: we usually feel very small in the face of death, but this time, death has become very small before us.”

Like in One of My Dreams

Like in One of My Dreams

 

LARISA SITAR

Sketch for Diorama

lenticular print, 2014

“The artist uses collage to research the chronological landmarks of the history of the image, the idea of an evolving history and the dream of exhaustive knowledge. The images overlapping into a 3D collage come from the online free image archive made public by the British National Library and covering a period of 500 years. The work thus discusses the manipulation potential which such images unavoidable entail. Moreover, the diorama, if seen as an instrument in the construction of a historical and anthropological discourse, is loaded with man’s desire to bring closer inaccessible things and to know the history of humanity which is never delivered from a neutral and innocent standpoint.”

Sketch for Diorama

Monument

object (statue and moss), 50 x 40 x 120 cm, 2014

“The statue covered in moss is a visual metaphor for the social function of the monument, as well as for the capacity of nature to occupy places forgotten by man. One can no longer make out the identity of the sculpted character nor the purpose for the erection of the monument in the first place. What remains is the opposition between glorification and oblivion.”

Monument

Untitled

10 drawings, 28 x 21 cm, 2012-2014 revealed

“The drawings displayed in the exhibition function as memory traces partially faded and difficult to pin down geographically and temporally. The places depicted are incompletely revealed from the whiteness of paper, in an effort to visualize the feelings and blurry perceptions which work as the artist’s record of personal experiences.”

Untitled

Parks

10 photographs, 18 x 26 cm each, 2009-2014

The photographic series “starts from a sterile relationship with nature, outside any emotional or aesthetic connection with it. The distance between man and landscape is also generated by the refusal of the artist to see things under a spectacular or emotionally charged guise, while the filter of her perception selects only the fine misalignments of an absolute banality.”

Parks

 

LEA RASOVSZKY and LARISA SITAR

Binaural Device

sound installation, 2014

“The collection of stories Do Not Let Me Die, For I Shall Not Let You Live was gathered by Larisa Sitar from Romanian villages, especially from the Maramureș area, expressing her concern with orally transmitted narratives which have been passed on informally by individuals who lived through experiences exceeding a rational understanding of the world. The bizarre or even completely implausible occurrences are taken very seriously by those who played a part in them, motivated by faith in divinity, superstition, ancient beliefs and so on. (…) Their inclusion in the artistic discourse and in this exhibition, with a visual configuration which enhances their effect, marks an openness to a dreamlike world, supported by Lea Rasovszky’s scenography.”

Binaural Device

Binaural Device

Photos: The re:art