Human Against Life @ Centrul Artelor Vizuale

The project “Human Against Life”, on view in different exhibition spaces in Bucharest through October 9th, 2015, addresses major issues affecting living beings on all aspects: the irresponsible exploitation of resources, driven by consumerism and ignoring the impact on natural and cultural heritage, the degradation of human relationships, the development of technology and the way it influences current times and future generations, the constancy of political conflicts and their immediate and long-term consequences on daily life, the media guiding public opinion offering a narrow perspective on the complexity of today’s challenges, absurd human behavior and perception of these problems, which lack solution because of our own disinterest in change.

We visited one of the several exhibitions part of the project and the first impression is that of taking part in a critical experiment which has failed humanity by tearing up its core values and threatening existence as a result of a continuous obsession with ascension on all levels, reaching the stars and the power of divinity no matter the sacrifice, eager to have more, yer not conscious of the high price of our false needs and desires. Aligning to the concept of the project as a form of social commitment and protest, the group show featuring works on canvas and paper, objects, sculptures, video installations, can be perceived as a laboratory facing the viewer with the present weapons of individual and mass destruction, already in action and projecting a near man-made future, which may be unsustainable for survival of known species.

Sorin Oncu - Last Supper Meal - EXP(X), 2015

Sorin Oncu - Last Supper Meal - EXP(X), 2015

Sorin Oncu - Last Supper Meal - EXP(X), 2015

Sorin Oncu – ‘Last Supper Meal – EXP(X)’, 2015, coal, sample tube with natural gas, oil, cardboard, paint, new testament pages, plastic tray, straw, beaker, 17 x 42 x 27 cm

Last Supper Meal is an object display part of the EXP(X) series which addresses the present day issue of fossil fuels dependency. Displayed as a tray with fast food meal on it, the work containing three-forms of fossil fuel is referring to a final capitalist transubstantiation of man into resource consumption and the resource itself. The self proclaimed master of resources, guided by its endless consumerist need, becomes both the actual consumption and the consumable mass.

This change is as basic as our need to feed ourselves, part of our daily meal, it is irreversible and permanent.”

Ion Bitzan - Adidași

Ion Bitzan - Adidași

Ion Bitzan – ‘Adidași’, undated

The work ironically refers to the ’80s recession.

Darie Dup - Echipament de protecție

Darie Dup – ‘Echipament de protecție’ (2015), latex, 90 x 45 x 35 cm

Marilena Preda Sânc - NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard)

Marilena Preda Sânc – ‘NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard)’, neon and print, variable dimensions

Suzana Dan

Suzana Dan - Fucking love ey?

Suzana Dan - Laika

Suzana Dan – ‘Fucking love ey?’ (2008), acrylic on canvas, 60 x 40 cm / ‘Laika’ (2010), acrylic on canvas, 60 x 40 cm

The works are part of the project Museum of Dog, started in 2000, revealing the two different sides of the stupid way man loves dog. ‘Fucking love ey?’ is homage to the destruction of animal dignity in the name of affection, while ‘Laika’ is a tribute to a soul remaining in our history only in the name of experiment, quantified as a live entity beyond the sentiment it could have had in its short dog life.

Iosif Kiraly - Reconstruction

Iosif Kiraly - Reconstruction

Iosif Kiraly – ‘Reconstruction’, variable dimensions

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Project blog / Facebook event

September 9th – October 9th, 2015


Participating artists: Ion Bitzan, Tiberiu Mihail Cimpoieru, Ciprian Ciuclea, Nicolae Comănescu, Ștefan Constantinescu, Mihail Coșulețu, Călin Dan, Suzana Dan, Teodor Graur, Cosmin Haias, Ion Grigorescu, Aurora Kiraly, Iosif Kiraly, Mitoș Micleușanu, Răzvan Mihalachi, Sorin Oncu, Romelo Pervolovici, Marilena Preda Sânc, Alexandra Tudosia, Simona Tănăsescu, Napoleon Tiron.

Main curator: Alexandra Titu / Curator: Patricia Teodorescu

Photos: The re:art