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design / exhibitions

RO-MD Exhibition

EXHIBITION / RO-MD/Moldova in Two Scenarios

Locations: The National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History (str. Kogalniceanu 82)
The Museum of Romanian Language M.Kogalniceanu (str. 31 August - 98).
Period: 21 of October - 10 of November 2008


The artists:
Dan Acostioaei/RO, Denis Bartenev/MD, Bik Van der Pol  (Liesbeth Bik and Jos Van der Pol) NL, Maxim Kuzmenko/MD, Veaceslav Druta/MD, Tatiana Fiodorova/MD, Lavinia German/RO, Alex Grigoras/RO, Violeta Ionita/RO, Gulsun Karamustafa/TR, Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum/NL, Lucia Macari/NL-MD, Tilmann Meyer-Faje/NL, Aurelia Mihai/RO-DE, Dumitru Oboroc/RO, Ghenadie Popescu/RO, Ilya Rabinovich/NL, Igor Scerbina/MD, Vadim Tiganas/RO, Vladimir Us/RO

The researchers:
Igor Casu/MD (historian), Sorin Bocancea/RO (political analist), Petru Negura/MD (culturologist and sociologist), Flavius Solomon/RO (historian), Mihai Ursu/MD (muzeum curator)

The exhibition presents visual art projects as a result of interaction between artist and experts (sociologists, historians, political annalists) involved in this interdisciplinary project. The participants investigated by juxtaposing the current cultural, social and political situation in two Moldova regions (Moldova region from Romania and the Republic of Moldova). The main project installation is located in the National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History, while the other projects are exhibited in The Museum of Romanian Language M.Kogalniceanu. Along with the visual art projects will be presented the video documentation of the colloquium from Iasi and the audio files with the researchers’ contributions. The participants analyzed and commented upon the former and current conditions of two patterns: post-socialist and post-soviet of two societies, decades after the collapse of eastern block and dismantling of Soviet Union. In the same time the artists and experts looked closely in to the future scenarios of the society's in question.

Curator/Exhibition Concept/Design: Stefan Rusu

Partners: The National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History, The Museum of Romanian Language M.Kogalniceanu, 
National Museum of History and Archeology, Art College A.Plamadeala.

Media partners:  magazine "Stare de Urgenta", magazine Contrafort

RO-MD/Moldova in Two Scenarios is a project organized by Contemporary Art Center, Chisinau in partnership with VECTOR Association, Iasi that consist in a series of interdisciplinary workshops, production of 3 documentary films ( 1 film produced by VECTOR Association and 2 others by KSAK Center ), colloquium and seminars that took place in Iasi and Chisinau, a project publication and final exhibition produced by KSAK Center in Chisinau.

The RO-MD/Moldova in Two Scenarios project components - the films by Veaceslav Druta and Aurelia Mihai, also a video documentation of the colloquium from Iasi were presented in the frame of 8 Periferic Biennale (Art as Gift, 3-18 of October).

The project was supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute through the CANTEMIR Program, Bucharest; PATTERNS Program /ERSTE Foundation,
Vienna and MONDRIAAN Stichting, Amsterdam.

*Center for Contemporary Art-[KSA:K] is a non-profit, independent institution registered in the year 2000. The new strategy of the Center is the development of cultural forms and art practices, which would reflect the dynamic of the social, political and economic transformations of the society. Center supports the advocacy activities in promoting of cultural policies suitable for the defining and the consolidation of artist position and contemporary art
practices in the society. (www.art.md)

* Vector> Association is a non-profit cultural association that provides the production of exhibition and educational programs, research and editing activities, analyzes of the relations between the art practices and visual culture in socio-political context. Vector> supports those practices related to social re-articulation, political consciousness and economical transformation that brings critical analyses that could offer reinterpretations of the attitudes and behavior from the perspective of cultural action. (www.periferic.org)