In the frame of LABOR GUEST SPACE Residency 2012, Romanian artist-curator LUMINIȚA APOSTU presents her
research project WHEN LEARNING AGREEMENT.
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The presentation will be accompanied by a documentary exhibition of her previous work, reframed by the context of revisiting current Romanian art education as a flourishing environment for producing critical art.
WHEN LEARNING AGREEMENT is a parodic approach towards the systematic and contractual component of art education, where the exchange value between individual and institution is inconveniently and blatantly blurred into a mutual sense of “agreement”.
The presentation will be held in English and will take place on Thursday, August 30, 19:00 at Labor.
Join the event on Facebook here.ZSUZSI FLOHR.
A path that started from the anthropological and social studies for her thesis on Mac/Val (Musée dart contemporain du Val de Marne in Vitry-sur-Seine, France) and led to wonder about the strong connection between identity and territory. In the context of this residence, PlartFORM enters a new phase and arises new questions, related to Budapest and its inhabitants: are they aware of the places they are living in? Are they conscious of the hidden history lying under their fetes? Is their identity influenced by the past of the city? What is identity without remembrance? If this world is constantly changing its surface and appearance, we could only find traces of the past in peoples memory or is memory itself always changing? Is memory shaped by people or should we say the opposite? Those Budapest places, buildings- occupied, violated and transformed by the presence of the Hungarian and German fascists, occulted and hidden by banal, everyday, or chosen ignorance shouldn't they be recognized after an half of century covered them? These are questions raised by the field survey the curator in residence carried on with the precious help of Zsuzsi Flohrs work, focused on the invisible link between identities, historical spots of the hungarian capital and the cultural meaning they convey: answers seem to be, eventually, another step in PLartFORM quest. The facebook site of the project: http://www.facebook.com/pages/PLartFORMLaborGuestSpace2012/343728895705188
Out of the many outstanding proposal received the Gallery committee supported Michela Alessandrini's (Rome/Budapest) and Luminita Apostu's (Romania) proposal.
Michela Alessandrini (1987, Rome) is an italian curator, art critic and art historian. She graduated in Contemporary History of Art at Sapienza University of Rome in 2011 and, since 2008, started a collaboration with artists, contemporary art institutions and non-profit organizations in her own country and in Europe, for example in France and Czech Republic. She currently writes for important online art reviews and is interested in entering in touch with the ever changing dynamics of the art world, moving continuously from place to place to discover the invisible link between art and territory/ies. This research is, actually, the main focus and aim of her residency as curator in Guest Space 2012 at Labor: a path that started from the anthropological and social studies for her thesis on Mac/Val (Musée d’art contemporain du Val de Marne in Vitry-sur-Seine) and leads to wonder about people and nations, métissage, man and men, cultural involvement and contaminations, identity and identities. A platform to make art, people and territories communicate and interrogate: that is PLartFORM.
Luminita Apostu (1985, Romania) lives and works in Iasi, Romania. She did her MA in Interdisciplinary Visual Art at "George Enescu" University of Arts in Romania and from 2010 she initiated theartstudent.org (a platform for supporting initiatives designed by art students). Her practice has related so far to the educational system in art and has also questioned the status and potentiality of art schools in the formation of their students as artists, researchers or other kind of workers in the field. If we praise the need for action and we feel savvy being nostalgic about these currently “bad” times in which the art student is not an activist when he should be, we cannot do this in the conference room, but rather in the classroom. In this scenario educational power comes smoothly disguised in the shape of curatorial models, so if we are to play these roles disguised like this, we must play seriously. Throughout the residency she intends to work on compiling a relevant speech, in the form of a collage art manifesto, which would empower art students to be more aware and critical about their position in the educational system. The research proposed for Labor's Guest Space aims at building a discursive project through which curatorial self-empowerment plays the role of assembling bits of art history as a cultural heritage to be shared in front of 1st year art students.Labor_GUEST_SPACE_application The application has to contain:
- professional CV
- motivation letter and work plan, proposed activity (max. 2 pages)
Marianna Liosi (1982, Italy) works as an independent curator in Italy and abroad. Graduated in Visual Arts at IUAV (in Venice). Since 2006 she has collaborated and worked in Italian and international contemporary art institutions and non-profit organizations. She contributs as a writer at Drome magazine.
Among the last shows:
2011 - Mandragora (co-curated with Alessandra Saviotti), International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza (IT) – upcoming
2010 - The Workplace in the Financial Districts -This Is Not A Gateway Festival, London (UK) / Baiona, Laboratorio dell’Imperfetto, Gambettola (IT) / Waiting room, (co-curated with Alessandra Saviotti), Contemporary Art Festival, Faenza (IT) / Studio (co-curated with Alessandra Saviotti), Old Mill, Madonna dell’Albero, Ravenna (IT)
2009 - Do you remember Olive Morris? - Film programme, Gasworks, London
As curator in two weeks residency at Labor, she’s carrying on a research which has started one year ago, concerning the concept of workplace, aiming at the reinterpretation of the work environment put in relation to power strategies, labour, place and time coordinates, worker’s status and finance.
Marianna's presentation will take place on the 25th of August, 2011, from 7 pm at Labor.
The lecture will be held in English. All are welcome!
Curator Marianna Liosi (IT) is the first guest of Labor’s studio or open-space residency.
The successful applicant can use the space of LABOR for realizing projects related to visual culture. The aim of the residency is to provide a possibility for artists and curators for individual (or collective) work, introduction, and to get in contact with the Hungarian contemporary art scene. During the residency participants can use the spatial and technical facilities of LABOR (internet access, laptop), the library and the exhibition space.
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