28.06 - 13.07. 2022

The visual arts platform (PAV) initiative found a fertile locus at the intersection of two international events: the documenta15 contemporary art exhibition in Kassel and the Sibiu International Theater Festival (FITS). Taking place in Sibiu, a city that oscillates between conservatism and reintegration / redefinition of multiculturalism, the visual arts platform aims to illustrate this complex dynamic, which also affects the local contemporary art scene. PAV brings together both locally active artists and associations, as well as actors from the rest of the country and Germany – the plurality of various points of view is the basis of the concept of this first edition.

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ZINA GALLERY / 20.05 - 26.06. 2022

The action of licking a Rolls Royce in its entirety, Ioana Sisea’s filmed performance in L.A. tackles questions of desire and materialism in our current capitalism-driven society. Dressed as a hostess and wearing the affordable versions of iconic design staples like the black dress and stilettos, her performance is a commentary on class and access to luxury. In the role of the precarious character of the luxury market worker, the action of licking becomes a narcissistic gesture. Always licking her own reflection in the polished paint, but never gaining access to the elegant and comfortable interior of the car, her work asks what are the types of pleasure available to us, and how do we make that judgement? Are these the things that would actually give pleasure or is the pleasure just in the attainment of the difficult to attain and the social superiority it delivers?

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Electric crossroads
Bubble’n’squeak / 05.05 - 31.06. 2021

Bubble’n’Squeak is proud to present Electric Crossroads, a group exhibition by an incredible selection of Romanian artists, spanning from crucial figures of the Romanian art history to contemporary emerging artists working across a variety of media. The exhibition is intended as a multigenerational dialogue across time, geographies and art practices to promote fruitful moments of interaction between the presented bodies of work and their cultural histories.
Within the emerging scene of Romanian art, Electric Crossroads features artworks by (in no particular order):
~ Mircea Cantor (b. 1977) establishes bridges with the memory of his childhood, influenced by growing up in a Communist country. Cantor is interested in social differences and the concept of borders and these aspects are clearly visible in his poetic video work and installations.
~ Serban Savu (b. 1978), praised for his photo-realistic paintings, depicting scenes of mundane real life, from graffiti artists, prostitutes to families at the park.
~ Mi Kafchin (b. 1986) touches on themes of transformation, a sort of visual magical realism referring to time, Eastern philosophy and cosmology.
~ Ciprian Muresan (b. 1977), multimedia artist, with his allegorical body of work ponders on post-Soviet life and the decadent conditions of particular social classes. His work is symbolic, yet politically linked to a shared national history.
~ Ioana Sisea (b. 1988) deploys a variety of media and defines herself as “medium agnostic”, adopting whatever mode of expression best recalls memories of her family and past relationships. She also addresses themes connected to the social perception of the body and the inevitable judgment that comes with it.

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Draw me like one of your French girls...
MNȚRplusC / 28.05 – 16.07.2021

Ioana Sisea transforms the familiar into the uncanny, convention into immanence, static systems of meaning into dynamic ones and vice-versa. Focusing on the socio-symbolic relations between the artistic object, the artist and the viewer, her artistic practice is medium agnostic. She embraces the freedom to approach various visual media, such as drawing, sculpture, installation and video, and different styles and art genres according to their impact on the spectator’s perception. Her works give way to subtle inversions, complex alignments and changes of position between the object and the subject, in a genuine game in which the viewer becomes voyeur, therapist and patient.

"Draw me like one of your French girls..." is an installation and performance challenging the long-held practices of society determining a woman’s inner world. The classical motif of the Odalisque is re-interpreted to empower the female subject, placing her in contemporary poses of sexual pleasure, exploration and self-adoration. The title references a request for objectification and sexualisation, given by the woman at her own pleasure. This inverts the history of the Odalisque as a passive, voiceless object of male sexual gratification and transforms male voyuerism into female indulgence of adoration.

The accompanying performance breaks the fourth wall of the Odalisque, physically animating the figure and giving her the power to interrogate her audience. She is given a voice through a set of texts written by the artist. The texts are secret repositories for instructions, impulses and reflections narrating the ideological impositions of sexuality on the female, even in the present day, as well her own sensibilities and sensations.

Performer - Claudia Chiraș
Project coordinator - Ilina Schileru

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