Anca Poterasu Gallery
56 Plantelor Street, Bucharest, RO
Opening: Friday, February 21st 2014 18.00 h
February 21st - May 2nd 2014
“items’’ brings together the objects that are most dear to me. Although small in size and maybe unattractive, they are of historical value. I was always interested in journals, stories, in transforming the common into art, while using photography and video as means of documenting. Through “items” I am trying to outline my development, through the gifts that I have received from the ones near to me.
The choice of macro as means of expression came out of the will of making them look grand, imposing, of making them possible objects of worship.
The images are put in connection with the tangible, the objects being exhibited in a museistic approach, as an installation.’’ (Daniel Djamo)
Daniel Djamo(b.1987, lives and works in Bucharest) is one of the most promising young Romanian artists, being interested in personal and group histories. He combines installation with video art and photography in order to evoke the past and to underline “the now.”Winner of the ESSL award, Henkel Art.Award. Young artist prize CEE, Startpoint Prize Romania and the Grand Prize of the National University of Fine Arts from Bucharest.
Daniel benefited from residencies in Paris, Kassel, Chemnitz, Bruxelles, Vienna and Liege. He exhibited at the ESSL museum and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, while also presenting his works in Germany, Italy, Canada, Netherlands, USA, Russia, Portugal, England. His video artworks have been screened in numerous video art and film festivals. He is a PhD candidate at the National University of Fine Arts from Bucharest.
Location: Anca Poteraṣu Gallery
Artist: Nicu Ilfoveanu
Curator: Anca Mihuleṭ
Valerică – Eau de Vie (working title)
Exhibition: 9.05 - 13.06.2014
Opening May 9th - 19.00 h
When talking about the romanic bestiary, the Lithuanian art historian Jurgis Baltrusaitis imagined the way in which the genius appears in a confused environment, when the elements that are usually ignored are caught together. There is a secret union of forces, that when it collaborates, it generates unexpected images, demonstrating that the transfer happens through small objects, without a special significance.
Several years ago, Nicu Ilfoveanu started to photograph Valerică, a biased character, that can be easily introduced in the bestiary of the rural world in Romania. The result of this visual research is extremely dense and it evolves in two ways – one is that of organizing visual information and total harmony, and one is that of the temptation for legends, history and fables. Valerică's stories and his imagination unfold themselves in Nicu Ilfoveanu's photographs, so that the trees that grow disorderly on the river banks of a Romanian village become a thick Amazonian forest, the wounds on his forehead transform themselves in signs of power, and the extra-large suit accessorized with a holey woman T-shirt seems extracted from the last collection “back to nature style” of Christopher Lemaire.