Anca-Raluca. B L A N K
The solo show B L A N K by Anca-Raluca, on view through July 22, 2016 at the Czech Centre in Bucharest (11 Ion Ghica St.), part of the project Future Museum, draws a clear line between past and present. Ready-made objects are painted white before being placed in a white space, so there is a process of cleansing, a purification of memory and spirit that heals and prepares for future possibilities.
The artist explains her choice regarding the objects part of the exhibition: “This evokes the economical hoarding phenomenon which emerged during the last decade of communism when Romania was exporting a large percentage of its internal production to pay off the country’s external debt, thus leaving the Romanian people to scrape for their livelihoods. During this period, people started to salvage what they consider to be relevant bits and pieces which one day might be reused to improve or to fix damaged goods.”
Old-fashioned clothing, phones, videotape cassettes and a typewriter, pots and decorative objects specific to the communist era, the dear toys and other symbols of childhood, fairytales and games, all are marked by the white spray paint that somehow cancels their relevance in the contemporary society, officially turning them into relics, with no utility to serve current needs and desires. Besides them, also on the floor, the viewer discovers the objects used to create this new appearance – the brush, the spray, the mask, the gloves, as threat, confirmation of what was or opportunity of what can be.
About the artist
Anca-Raluca quitted Art History at the University of Arts Bucharest after a failed exam on the object of museology. It was then when she sensed how erroneous the educational system in Romania was, and how much it worked against the true formation of a future artist, or in her personal case of an arts historian. The following years she pursued a personal research into the subject of human nature in the political and social space of a country, and now she is interested in farming, and the dynamics of small communities and their specific living and working spaces. Anca-Raluca lives and works in Arad, and is a part of the group Biserika.
About the project
The exhibition is supported by Future Museum, a newly established platform based on a system of open call commissions. All artists and curators based in Romania and Moldova are invited to submit project proposals which will be selected by an international board. The ethos of the museum is a belief in unexplored concepts, uncharted intentions, unknown phenomena, undiscovered schemes and unprecedented theories.
Photos: The re:art
Event organized by the Czech Centre in Bucharest.
Media partners: Revista Arta & The re:art.
Event supported by Staropramen.