Flat Space Installation
Location: CHIOSC Project Exhibition Gallery VN, Zagreb
Period: November 17 - December 1, 2009
Michele BRESSAN [RO] / Nicoleta ESINENCU [MD] / Ion FISTICANU [MD] / Nicu ILFOVEANU [RO] / Tonka MALEKOVIĆ [HR] / Vlad NANCĂ [RO] / Mircea NICOLAE [RO] / Ștefan RUSU [MD]
CHIOSC Project Exhibition was curated by Vladimir US and Loose Associations
In the beginning of 2008 the collaboration between Loose Associations/Slobodne veze and the Moldavian association Oberliht began. It was a project of artistic interventions in
the public space of Chisinau, capital of the former Soviet Republic of Moldova. The project entitled INTERVENTIONS3 involved more than thirty participants from several European countries who were invited to reflect over the processes which have shaped Chisinau’s public space, its visual structure, the memory and the everyday experience of its inhabitants.
The collaboration was continued in 2009 when the CHIOSC project, a platform for public participation and cultural production, was launched. CHIOSC is embodied in a small architectural unit entitled FLAT SPACE by Stefan Rusu, erected in the center of Chisinau. In view of the lack of institutional support for contemporary artistic expression, CHIOSC appears as a reaction to the given context and as an alternative to the existing self-sufficient, highly ideologized system of cultural institutions.
In the summer of 2009, the artist in residency project was initiated within the framework of the CHIOSC project. It led to many types of cooperation and a variety of collaborative artistic projects. The first artist to participate in CHIOSC’s artist in residency program was Tonka Maleković, whose collaboration with the Moldavian artist Ion Fisticanu resulted in the project The possibility of the city.
Giving the local community a platform for self-representation, CHIOSC becomes a political instrument, enabling civil empowerment in a perspective in which self-determination means recovery of an autonomous, or collective, capacity to express desires, in opposition to a system that imposes and proliferates control and sanctions.