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Silvia Amancei & Bogdan Armanu: Sexy History Calendar in CLOSE-UP exhibition.

16.04.2015 - 16.05.2015
Sarajevská 16,
Praha 2 Iași is announcing the participation of Iași based artists: Silvia Amancei & Bogdan Armanu to the Close up group exhibition alongside with: Blažej Baláž (SK), Lubomír Ďurček (SK), KURS (Milos Miletic and Mirjana Radovanovic) (SRB), Tibor Horváth, Ilona Németh, Mária Chilf, János Sugár, Ív & Candie, Andreas Fogarasi and Gabriella Csoszó, Szabolcs KissPál (HU).

Curators: Vjera Borozan, Florin Bobu & 1+1, Jana Kapelová, Eszter Kozma, Milos Miletic, Mirjana Radovanovic, Marija Rados, Markéta Vinglerová

”The flashy 2015 Sexy History Calendar of Silvia Amancei & Bogdan Armanu disrupts historical chronology with the seemingly fashion postures of a young male model, whose role is played by one of the two artists. It is a regular twelve-page wall photo calendar what one may easily use in one owns kitchen. The artists’ subjective selection of historical pictures, one that focuses mainly of the history of the Central and Eastern Europe, is sucked back to contemporaneity. A beautiful male body is overimposed over some of the pictures that used to make the headlines and later became history. Vladimir Lenin dies in January. The Berlin wall falls in November. In June, the Chinese army crushes the students’ protests in Tiananmen Square. Romanians revolt is broadcasted in December. Margaret Thatcher is appointed prime minister in May. The Communist manifesto is published in February. The Capital is published in October. European Union is established in November. To talk about the commodification of historical events becomes superfluous, when historical events become useless clichés.

[…] in the space between dates, months and years, there we find embedded in the complex constellation of history(ies), the struggle of human kind. (s.a.b.a)

Silvia Amancei & Bogdan Armanu’s calendar has the great advantage of not having to change each year. Until much later, the artists will probably be able to publish it yearly, without major changes in the selection of the images, unless maybe a third world war will emerge of the current Ukrainian conflict.”

(Florin Bobu & 1+1, March 2015, Iași)

For this project is partner with KURS, Remont, Lumen and ARTTODAY.

The exhibition was organized by: Artyčok.TV and etc. galerie

The exhibition is organized within the project ”Close-up: creative tools for new criticism” (2013-2015), with the support of the ”Cultura” Program of European Union.

The main partner of is ERSTE Foundation.