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Exhibition Ioana Stanca

“Crimes are abolished. Only passions remain.” București organises from 20th of September to 31st of October 2021 the project “Crimes are abolished. Only passions remain.*” Exhibitions and intersections, Paris Viitorului [Paris Future], a project co-financed by Bucharest City Council through ARCUB within the Programme Bucharest – Open City 2021

“Crimes are abolished. Only passions remain.” is a project developed over six weeks in Paris Viitorului space, and presents a succession of six exhibitions with the following artists: Claudiu Cobilanschi (20 - 26 September), Ioana Gheorghiu (27 September - 3 October), Andrei Dinu (4 - 10 October), Ioana Stanca (11 - 17 October), Adelina Ivan (18 - 24 October), Alina Lupu (25 - 31 October).

The fourth exhibition opens on the 12th of October 2021, from 5 to 8 p.m. and presents works by Ioana Stanca.

From threads, a fire

“Human-sized scissors? You might be reminded of Claes Oldenburg’s soft sculptures, but also of an inverted relationship to gravity. “Disquieting strangeness” would be the word to describe your first impression of the artist’s objects, which are more akin to what Mike Kelley used to call fetishes.
The sculptures encapsulate an ambivalence between the choice of bright "fauve" colours, discordant hues and the techniques employed. Embroidery, sewing, ceramics are hijacked from their usual purpose. A painting is embroidered rather than painted; its frame is ceramic. The sewing preserves the trace of threads that trace flexible, random lines. Such subversions of technique induce discomfort, reinforced by the use of clashing colours.
The recurring element of the chain, both as object and motif, is structural in Ioana Stanca’s work. In language, we speak of a “chain of signifiers”. And indeed, the grammar of physical movements resembles that of letters, both as characters and bodies, the same as we speak of the body of a letter in typography. “
(Marie de Brugerolle, Ioana Stanca: A Chain of Actions)

Ioana Stanca: “My works are intimate maps, tracing a geography in continuous transformation. The slide between the different media: textile, performance, food art, reflects these movements. It is a self-knowledge process, exploring femininity and sexuality, in which I can internalise textures as different as the crust of a sourdough bread, the links of a metal chain that compose the mysterious frame of a performance or the stretched surface of an embroidery.”
Recent shows: Light clarity avocado salad in the morning, Jecza Gallery, Timisoara, May amnesia scratch our membrane, IOMO Gallery, Bucharest; Electric Crossroads, Nosco Gallery, Brussels; Horror Vacui, RCW, Braunstein Palace, Iasi; Stasi Frenetica, Galleria D’Arte Moderna, Torino; Elastic structures. A performative dialogue, MNAC Bucharest; Double decker, Sandwich Gallery, Bucharest; Yes Oui Canot, Maison de la Fontaine, Brest ; Make a Tool, EESAB, Brest; Mythologies, Centre Culturel de Rencontre Abbaye de Neumunster, Luxemburg.

The project takes place in a new space, Paris Viitorului, on Mihai Eminescu Street (corner with Viitorului Street), sector 2, Bucharest, as well as in the neighbourhood around.

Paris Viitorului is a project by Raluca Popa and Raluca Voinea. A vitrine space for contemporary art and encounters with the city, the space is a gallery, a shop-window, a closet, a resonance box, a landmark (Eminescu, corner with Viitorului), a place of observation and anticipation, and an invitation to reflection upon the city as another world: a world of possibilities and imagination, of diverse familiarities, of critical positioning towards the past, of confidence in the future.

The exhibition can be visited by appointment to, on the basis of Covid green certificate and can also be seen from the street throughout its duration.

In complementarity to the exhibitions that are part of the project “Crimes are abolished. Only passions remain.” there will take place dialogue sessions with students, as well as a series of urban walks in the neighbourhoods around the space, guided by Florin Dumitrescu, Alice Gancevici & Remus Pușcariu, V. Leac, Mara Mărăcinescu, Rucsandra Pop, Ioana Tudora.

For Ioana Stanca’s exhibition, the students involved are Theodora Năstasei, from the MA in "Image Theory and Practice" at the Centre of Excellence for the Study of Image and Ștefan Sali, 3rd year student in the Department of “Photography and Dynamic Image” at the Arts University in Bucharest.

The project’s team: Raluca Popa, Raluca Voinea, Iuliana Dumitru, Edi Constantin
Partners: UNArte, CESI, Modulab, Zeppelin
ERSTE Foundation is the main partner of

A project co-financed by Bucharest City Council through ARCUB within the Programme Bucharest – Open City 2021. For detailed information about the funding programme of Bucharest City Council you can access The content of this material does not necessarily reflect the official position of Bucharest City Council or ARCUB.

*Both the project title and the name of the space are inspired from the book “Un autre monde”, of the 19th century French author and illustrator, J.J. Grandville.

Crimes are abolished. Only passions remain.