The Apartment from The Victory of Socialism Boulevard
intervention in the public space, 2018

“I recently walked along Bld. Unirii, where I really live in an apartment. I obtained it from the Romanian state at the beginning of the 90s, when I settled in Bucharest and obtained Romanian citizenship. Before I came to Romania, I lived in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) where I studied monumental sculpture. I had already been a student at the I.E. Repin Academy of Arts when I watched at the news (the VREMEA program) images of the Victory of Socialism boulevard (today Bld. Unirii) in construction, taken from TVR and transmitted as part of the disconcerting events from December 1989. I could not imagine that, within a few years, I would live on that boulevard.
The fact that the apartment is located on a boulevard conceived and built during the socialist era meant a permanent interest in the investigation of the symbolic meanings, the living standards and the relationship between residential blocks and the House of the People. The relationship between the plan of the apartment (single room) and the House of People (1: 1) is a starting point for my participation in the seminar and exhibition titled “Property”. The essential element is the relationship between the private space of the apartment and the public space of the House of People, the meaning of which can be changed by overlapping the plans. The space of the House of People, where the Romanian Parliament is located, is today restricted for security reasons and limited to the public, while the space of an apartment can become public and open to everyone.
The intervention in space in Iasi is an investigation of the relationship between the public space and the private space, thus overlapping the apartment’s plan over the tranzit space produces tension between the two types of property. “ (Ştefan Rusu, April 2018)

The Apartment from The Victory of Socialism Boulevard is part of “The Property / Proprietate exhibition and seminar coordinated by the artist and curator Noa Treister.




Group exhibition with Mona Vătămanu & Florin Tudor, Ștefan Rusu, Andrei Nacu
20 June - 20 August 2018

Opening: Wednesday, 20th of August 2018, 8 pm
Visiting programme: Monday to Friday, 12 pm - 4 pm Iaşi
Al. Lăpuşneanu St. No. 7-9

“The Property / Proprietate exhibition brings together three works of contemporary art by Mona Vătămanu & Florin Tudor, Ștefan Rusu and Andrei Nacu. By re-contextualizing and re-circulating works of art made a long time ago and in radically different contexts, but also through new commissions, the current exhibition proposes a new methodology of questioning the ideological positions assumed by the authors in relation to the purpose of their action in the public sphere. Property / Proprietate aims at initiating a new moment of reflection, a moment that is encouraged also by the participation of the invited artists at the homonymous seminar coordinated by the artist and curator Noa Treister and realized with other artists, activists or cultural workers.

The workshop will discuss the issue of the relation between individuality (individual creativity, invention, innovation, entrepreneurship, authorship) as private property and privileges (rights) in the form of physical and intellectual property and creation, knowledge, production as a social relation in the form of collective property, commons or socially owned property.” (Noa Treister)
List of works:
Mona Vătămanu & Florin Tudor: Land distribution, installation, 2010-2014
Ștefan Rusu: The apartment from the Victory of Socialism Boulevard, intervention in the public space, 2018
Andrei Nacu: In almost every frame, artist book, 2016

Curated by Livia Pancu & Florin Bobu
More info about the project and the exhibition here and here.

The current exhibition is part of DREPTURI, LIBERTĂȚI, PRIVILEGII (RIGHTS, FREEDOMS, PRIVILEGES), a project organized by 1+1 and Iași and co-funded by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. This project does not necessarily represent the position of The Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or how project results can be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the funding.