Ştefan RUSU (born in
1964, Câietu, Moldova) is curator, editor, visual artist and
filmmaker currently based in Bishkek/Kyrgyzstan.
His artistic/curatorial agenda is geared towards the processes of transformation and changes in post-socialist societies after 1989. From 2000 onward he is involved in the development of KSAK Center, where he manages curatorial projects and art initiatives. In 2004 he completed an MA in cultural management from Belgrade Art University, following the years 2005-06 he attended the Curatorial Training Program at Stichting De Appel in Amsterdam, where he co-curated Mercury in Retrograde.
Beginning with 2000 he was involved in the development of KSAK – Center for Contemporary Art, Chisinau where he produced curatorial projects and art initiatives. Later in 2013, after he moved to Tajikistan he become involved in the development of Dushanbe Art Ground center, where he beside designing and curating projects was also responsible for programs management, including fundraising and long-term sustainability of DAG. Stefan is the editor of a number of publications: Spaces on the Run (2015), Reimagining the New Man (2014), Chisinau-Art, Research in the Public Sphere (2011), “RO-MD/Moldova in Two Scenarios (2008), INVASIA (2001).
Between 2006 and 2007 he was involved in the production of AlteArteTV project as editor-in-chief. Alte Arte TV project was a collaboration between [KSA:K] Center (Chisinau) and Relations (Berlin) founded by Culturshtiftung, Germany. The main purpose of this project being the production of a 30 minutes TV program, dedicated to the promotion of Contemporary Art practices and artists positions in the society, broadcasted twice a month. During the production period that last until January 2007 a total number of 31 TV programs (30 minutes length) has been produced and broadcasted on the National TV channel- “Moldova 1”.
Among his curatorial initiatives is GHOST PAVILION of Republic of Moldova – a public campaign that was presented as part of Atlantis’11 exhibition organized by HEICO network in Venice. Beside co-curating the exhibition he is also the producer of MISSING ARTIST documentary film that reflects the position of a number of art institutions and initiatives from independent cultural sector, developed in response to the designation by the local authorities from Republic of Moldova of the participants to represent the National Pavilion at the 54 edition of Venice Biennale.
Projects curated in Tajikistan at Dushanbe Art Ground between 2013-2015:
“Reimagining New Man. Practicing civic duties through social and visual media”(2013-14), “SPACES ON THE RUN. Mapping, activating, re-imagining the status of public spaces in Central Asian context (2013-15) Projects designed, managed and curated at KSAK- Center, Chisinau 2001-2012:
Invasia – art camp/conference/exhibition. Orheiul Vechi – archaeological site, National Museum of History, Archaeological Museum/Chisinau, Rep.of Moldova (2001), Found Footage – Workshop&Exhibition and Public Program, Chisinau, RM (2007), RO-MD/Moldova in Two Scenarios – workshops, seminars, exhibition, publication – National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History, Chisinau, RM (2008), Chisinau-Art, Research in the Public Sphere – workshops, seminars, urban interventions, conference, publication – Chisinau, RM (2010), Chisinau Circumvention-exhibition (co-curated), Zemstva Museum, Chisinau, RM (2011), Drifting Identities – seminar, exhibition, publication, Zemstva Museum, Chisinau, RM (2012 Projects designed and curated as freelance curator and project manager:
VIDEO FORECAST: Video at from Central Asia, AUB Art Galleries, Beirut, Lebanon (2014), Drifting Identity Station, Open Space-Open Systems, Vienna, Austria (2011), Journey to the East, (contributing curator), Byalistok, Poland (2011), Drifting Identity Station, Center des Recollets, Paris, France (2010), Changing Climate, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria (2009), New Old Routes-Video Art from Central Asia, BizArt Center, Shanghai, China (2008), New Old Routes-Video Art from Central Asia, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Poland (2007), Mold_Golia- selection of Video Art in the frame of Czechpoint – International Exhibition of Political Art (contributing curator). Museum of Art Zilina, Povazská galéria umenia v Ziline, Slovakia (2007), Urban Encounters: Between Migration and Mobility, Workshop and Public Program. Ulanbator, 2017 (in colaboration with Arts Council Mongolia)
Exhibitions, residences, awards:
Selected solo exhibitions: “Instant Ecstazy”, HT003 Gallery, Bucharest, Romania (2003); “Alchimiolemia”, HEDAH” Foundation Gallery, Maastricht, Holland (1998); “Clouds and Waves”, in the frame of 2nd annual exhibition of CSAC, Chisinau, Moldova (1997). Stefan participated in numerous group exhibitions, his works were exhibited at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, The Renaissance Society in Chicago, Outpost for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, US; TATE Gallery London, UK; Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland; Neue Gesellschaft fur Bildende Kunst – NGBK, Berlin, Germany; Brukental Museum, Sibiu, Romania; Sammlung Essl Klosterneuburg, Vienna, Austria; Arsenal Gallery, Byalistok, Poland; Kalmar Art Museum, Kalmar, Sweden; VILTIN Gallery, Budapest, Hungary, etc.; and film festivals – Impakt, Utrecht, Holland; Imagesfestival, Toronto, Canada; Transmediale-06, Berlin, Germany; VIPER, Basel, Switzerland, etc. In 2012 he was part of 7th Berlin Biennial with investigative documentary Reclaiming the City.
Residences (selection): In 2010 he was artist in residence at Centre International d’Accueil et d’Echanges des Récollets, Paris where he initiated curatorial research project – Drifting Identity Station, in the same year he was awarded a CEC Artslink Fellowship and completed the residence at Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice of California College of the Arts from San Francisco.
Awards (selection) – CEC Artslink Fellowship; Research fellowship in Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) granted by “Mobility Program”, OSI (Open Society Institute) Budapest; Research fellowship in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia granted by “Looking Inside” program by OSI, Budapest, “Arte ad Arta” award, Art Academy of Milan, Italy