2023

The interview familiarises us with Teodor Graur’s artistic activity from the 1990s, characterised by various analytical approaches to deconstruct the recent post-1989 behaviour patterns. The political commentary, the (self)ironic and critical spirit, the appeal to the heterogeneity of formats and working media blend in his art with collaborative endeavours, with a careful observation of the shared life conditions. With the help of photography or of sociological surveys, Teodor Graur succeeds to place under magnifying glass the ecstatic promises of transition.

For Lia Perjovschi, (self)knowledge is a means of navigating a home-grown social and cultural universe that needs (new) points of reference. Her works rewrites, in some degree, these landmarks. While they may seem subjective, they highlight areas of collective interest and draw, through text and images, missing historical links. The interview brings back to the foreground key moments of her activity from the 1990s, such as the transformation of her studio in an educational alternative for those interested in learning about the connections established between art and society or the founding of the Contemporary Art Archive.

Dan Mihălțianu’s works lie at the intersection between official and personal histories, following an artistic practice that explores the boundaries between art and politics with a discursive and analytical lens. The interview is setting the artist’s creation against the social and cultural background of the end of the 1980s in Romania, discussing the specific relationship between artist and society, between the real existing socialist reality and the endorsed one, promoted through the media automatisms of state propaganda.

A creative and systematic character, preoccupied with the mathematical configuration of form and its transformation, Laurențiu Ruță (1955, Biled) has his own place in the history of experimental photography in Romania. In this interview, the artist is revisiting the journey of his formation—found under the auspices of the Timișoara Art Lyceum in the 1970s and of the alternative events held within Atelier 35 from Cluj during the 1980s. The singular and open spirit of his art is reflected by his interest in long periods of testing certain principles which govern the game of geometrical forms, as well as by its epiphanic nature.

A promoter of abstractionism in the Romanian sculpture, Ingo Glass developed his own working system and his own theory regarding the relation between geometrical shapes and basic colours. Under the influence of the industrial techniques learned in Galați, Ingo Glass brings colours in his sculpture. The interview lingers on the monumental work Septenarius (1976) made out of red lacquered steel, an abstract structure located on the Danube, characterized by the effort of the sculptural ascension and tension through the use of the semicircle.

Marginalii Group was initiated in 1992 by dancers Irina Costea, Florin Fieroiu, Cosmin Manolescu and Mihai Mihalcea. The group had an informal character, with a horizontal leadership, the work within the collective being a form of knowledge through self-pedagogy, self-choreography and self-representation. In this film, the artists talk about the spirit of Marginalii in the context of the 1990s and the emergence on a terrain that needed to be discovered and invented, about the group as a force, an energy, a knowledge resource and a shared mental space where things were possible.

2021

Interview by: Alina Șerban
Camera and video editing: Andreea Lăcătuș

Artworks: © George Săbău, Ioan Plesh, Alexandru Pecican
Archive: kinema ikon
Fragments from the films: Simultaneous Hypostases (1970) and Cuts (1980) by George Săbău, Panta Rhei (1979) by Ioan Plesh, Subliminal Exercise (1979), Alexandru Pecican, and Diary (1970–1990) by kinema ikon

Music: Lucian Meţianu, Pythagoreis, 1970
Subtitles: Diana Bularca

Interview by: Alina Șerban
Camera and video editing: Andreea Lăcătuș

Artworks and archive: © Pavel Ilie, Ion Grigorescu
Additional archive: © Eugeniu Lupu

Music: Lucian Meţianu, Pythagoreis, 1970
Subtitles: Diana Bularca

Interview by: Alina Șerban, Ștefania Ferchedău
Video editing: Andreea Lăcătuș

Archive: © Miriam Răducanu, © Demarco Digital Archives / University of Dundee
Photograph by: Mircea Albuțiu

Video recording of the presentation of Genesis, by Miriam Răducanu, performed by Mădălina Dan in the exhibition 24 Arguments. Early Encounters in Romanian Neo-Avant-Garde 1969–1971, National Museum of Art of Romania

Fragment from the film The Great Passage, 1971, directed by Mirel Ilieșiu

Interview by: Alina Șerban
Camera and video editing: Andreea Lăcătuș

Artworks: © Roman Cotoșman
Archives: © Cotoșman Family, Jecza Gallery

Music: Lucian Meţianu, Pythagoreis, 1970
Subtitles: Laura Ionică, Alina Șerban

Interview by: Alina Șerban
Video editing: Andreea Lăcătuș
Camera: Alina Șerban

Archive: © Peter Jacobi

Music: Lucian Meţianu, Pythagoreis, 1970
Subtitles: Diana Bularca

Interview by: Ștefania Ferchedău
Camera and video editing: Andreea Lăcătuș

Artworks and archive: © Ion Grigorescu
Images from the films Clip-clop of Horseshoes, 1975, and In Beloved Bucharest, 1977, by Ion Grigorescu

Music: Lucian Meţianu, Pythagoreis, 1970
Subtitles: Diana Bularca

Interview by: Alina Șerban
Video editing: Andreea Lăcătuș

Artworks and archive: © Diet Sayler
Additional archive: © Eugeniu Lupu
Images from the exhibition Diet Sayler. Chance Doesn’t Lie, Neues Museum Nuremberg, 27.09.2019–29.08.2021

Music: Lucian Meţianu, Pythagoreis, 1970
Subtitles: Diana Bularca

Interview by: Alina Șerban
Camera and video editing: Andreea Lăcătuș

Artworks: © Group Sigma, Constantin Flondor
Archives: © Constantin Flondor, Doru Tulcan
Images from the exhibition Current Issues on Space in the Visual Arts, UNESCO Art Week, 13 December 1974, 6 pm, Bastion Art Galleries, Timișoara
Fragments from the film Game with Balloons, 1974, by Constantin Flondor

Music: Lucian Meţianu, Pythagoreis, 1970
Subtitles: Diana Bularca

Interview by: Ștefania Ferchedău
Video editing: Andreea Lăcătuș

Archive: © Octavian Nemescu, Erica Nemescu
Music and images from the score of Natural, 1973–1983, by Octavian Nemescu

Subtitles: Ștefania Ferchedău

Interview by: Alina Șerban
Camera and video editing: Andreea Lăcătuș

Video recording for the exhibition The Modern Idol. Henry Moore in the Eastern Bloc, National Museum of Art of Romania, 14 October 2021–6 February 2022

Music: Lucian Meţianu, Pythagoreis, 1970
Subtitles: Diana Bularca

Interview by: Alina Șerban
Camera and video editing: Andreea Lăcătuș

Video recording for the exhibition The Modern Idol. Henry Moore in the Eastern Bloc, National Museum of Art of Romania, 14 October 2021–6 February 2022

Music: Lucian Meţianu, Pythagoreis, 1970
Subtitles: Diana Bularca