Ioana Nemeș (Bucharest, 1979–New York, 2011) is recognized as one of the remarkably figures of the new generation of Romanian contemporary artists. This publication offers a first overview upon the long-term projects and the singular exhibitions Nemeș has produced during her brief but extraordinary career. Fascinated with time, language and non-linear narrativity, Ioana Nemes’s practice sets off from an ongoing and unconstrained process of self-evaluation. On the slippery edge between art and life, the Monthly Evaluations project, realized in different formats and mediums, marks the artist’s willingness to expose her subjective experiences, dialogues and confrontations with her own context and condition. Both the strenght and the fragility of Ioana Nemeș’s artistic environment contrasts with the precise, almost chirurgical, survey upon her daily moods, desires and life situations on which she based her enigmatic scenarios in form of written statements. Nemeș’s work has been exhibited internationally in museums and contemporary art centers such as Art in General, New York (2011), Secession, Vienna (2010), Istanbul Biennial (2009), Smart Project Space, Amsterdam (2009), U-Turn, Copenhagen (2008), Prague Biennial (2007), Bucharest Biennial (2006), Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel (2006). Nemeș was awarded with Future of Europe Art, Gallery Zeitgenössische fur Kunst, Leipzig in 2007.
“Artist book: Ioana Nemeș” is edited by Alina Șerban and Ștefania Ferchedău and copublished by pepluspatru Association (Bucharest) and Spector Books (Leipzig). Contributors are curators, art historians and artists with whom Ioana Nemeș closely collaborated for the exhibitions showing her works or with whom she had a continuous cultural dialogue: Livia Paldi, director of the Contemporary Art Centre BAC Visby, Sweden; Courtenay Finn, curator, Aspen Art Museum, USA; Attila Tordai-S., curator tranzit. ro/ Cluj; Magda Radu, curator Salonul de proiecte/MNAC Bucharest; Alina Șerban, art historian & curator; Andrea Codrington Lippke, arts editor and writer, New York; Ion Grigorescu, artist; Ciprian Mureșan, artist, Cluj; Apparatus 22, artist collective, Bucharest; Adrian Urmanov, writer. The design of the book is made by Radu Manelici.
The book is part of an editorial programme initiated by pepluspatru Association in Bucharest, which aims at the documentation of the recent history in the field of visual arts by publishing critical editions dedicated to Romanian contemporary artists. The first books of the series are the extensive monographs of the artists Geta Brătescu and Ion Grigorescu, published at Sternberg Press in Berlin in November 2013.
Editorial project financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The book is published with the support of UniCredit Țiriac Bank.