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5 March - 27 March Iași: Andreas Fogarasi – Installation
Curator: Cristian Nae
Opening: Cupola Gallery, 5th of March 2015, 7 p.m.
Screening: Republica Cinema, 6th of March 2015, 4 p.m. Iași invites you to the opening of Andreas Fogarasi’s new site-specific project at Cupola Gallery in Iași. The event will be accompanied the following day by the screening of Culture and Leisure (Kultur und Freizeit) video work and a public discussion moderated by Cristian Nae. For Kultur und Freizeit, originally exhibited at the Hungarian Pavilion at the 52nd Biennale di Venezia, 2007, Fogarasi was awarded the Golden Lion for best national participation.

”Andreas Fogarasi’s solo exhibition, with the title "Installation", addresses the interplay between façade and inner structure, appearance and historical discourse, content and context. Likewise it can be seen as an elaboration upon the double faceted existence of conflicting ideologies such as neoliberal capitalism and communist socialism, embedded into overlapping material histories.

The exhibition bears a simple title, which refers to the language of minimal and conceptual art. Reminiscences of this legacy can be found in the interventions in gallery space, accompanied by short textual descriptions and prescriptions. The network of ambiguous objects blurs the boundaries between use and aesthetic value. They simultaneously propose an exercise of imagination and materialize invisible, potential modes of urban existence. A new work of art in the shape of a main installation piece constructed specifically for this site, in conjunction with two other works – Cities, 2009/2010 and Panorama (The Right of View), previously exhibited in different contexts of reception – function together and may be perceived as a single modular installation. More precisely, his intervention in the Cupola Gallery not only situates the city’s recent history into the larger questioning of (socialist) modernism and its legacy, but it also articulates a politics of locality at a moment when Iasi is undergoing a radical process of visual rehabilitation.

Fogarasi’s main intervention uses the existing grid of 33 x 33 cm tiles on the floor as a predetermined compositional structure in which he is exchanging individual tiles for other materials – pieces appropriated from different ”sites” in Iaşi –, as well as simply experimenting within this grid, for instance by filling the squares with concrete, plaster, terrazzo or transparent resin. The mosaic tiles belong to the “vertical site” archive, an existing project which rescues and preserves remains of the former architectural facades in post-socialist cities. The grid-like structure appropriated by Fogarasi on the floor of the gallery recalls the modernist aspirations to a complete rationalization of living (manifested in urban planning and shared by socialist modernism). On display, these may create a visual topography of oblivion and an urban cartography of transience.
It is perhaps in this logic that the exhibition is accompanied by the screening of Fogarasi’s 2007 award winning short-film series Kultur und Freizeit (Culture and Leisure), which deals with the current, precarious situation of the former Worker’s Clubs in Central and Eastern Europe. In the setting of the outmoded Cinema Republica, Fogarasi’s films, which are questioning the present and past division between labour and leisure, between productive and unproductive time, acquire a new dimension of meaning and renewed relevance.” (Cristian Nae)

Andreas Fogarasi (b. Vienna, 1977) uses forms of display that are reminiscent of minimalism and conceptual art to explore issues of space and representation. Between a documentary and a sculptural practice he critically analyses the aesthetisation and economisation of urban space and the role of architecture and of the cultural field in contemporary society.
Fogarasi has had solo exhibitions in venues such as the Galeria Vermelho, Sao Paulo; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Trafó Gallery, Budapest; GfZK – Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig; Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich; CAAC – Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Sevilla; Ludwig Forum, Aachen; MAK, Vienna; Ernst Museum, Budapest; Lombard Freid-Projects, New York; Grazer Kunstverein, Graz (Austria) and at the Hungarian Pavilion at the 52nd Biennale di Venezia (2007), where he was awarded the Golden Lion Prize for best national participation. His work has been included in numerous international group shows.

Cristian Nae is an art critic and theorist, currently working as associate professor at the Department of Art History and Theory, "George Enescu" University of Arts. He is a former NEC and Getty-NEC fellow of the "New Europe College" Institute of Advanced Studies in Bucharest. He is also a former editor of Vector Magazine (2006-2008) and he collaborates with several journals and periodicals (such as IDEA, ARTA, Artmargins). He is interested in aesthetics, contemporary art history (especially in Eastern Europe), cultural and visual studies.

The exhibition will be open between 5 and 27 March 2015.
Opening hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday to Sunday.

Thanks to: Felix Aftene, Ionuț Toma, Alex Tărnăuceanu, Andrei Timofte, Dan Acostioaei, Sorana Lupu, Mihai Vereștiuc, Mihai Porușniuc, Andreea Cioară, Ilie Avram, Cezar Lăzărescu, Dulman Daniel.

Thanks to: Ovidiu Biber and PALAS Iași.

Partner: The Artist Union – UAP Iași

Graphic design: Andrei Timofte

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