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Romanian project to premiere at Venice

Installation will share artists' experiences during the Cold War

Still from Stefan Constantinescu's film "My Beautiful Dacia", 2009

VENICE. Having made a number of alterations to the original concept, Stockholm-based Romanian artist Stefan Constantinescu will premiere his long-awaited Iron Curtain project in Venice on 1 September as part of Romania’s official participation at the biennale. Now re-named The Last Analogue Revolution, A Memory Box, the project will take the form of an exhibition bringing together artists from Eastern and Western Europe, to be staged in the Romanian Institute of Culture and Humanistic Research in the Palazzo Correr (until 27 November).

Constantinescu had planned to base the project around a kind of interactive memory box, for which a selection of international artists were due to be invited to design an object that referred to their Cold War experience of a divided Europe. This idea, however, proved financially and logistically difficult to achieve. Instead, Constantinescu and co-curator Xandra Popescu have selected existing works of art to exhibit in a group installation.

“We are doing something site-specific in Venice, an installation made of video, sound and sculpture,” said Constantinescu. “We kept the idea of the box. The installation exhibits the works of the artists and is a modulation around the idea of the box. The main materials will be cardboard and screens. It is inspired by the relationship between technological change and revolution, and the idea of political divide, through walls and barriers.”

Video works by Hungarian artist Péter Forgács, Poland’s Zuzanna Janin, UK-based collaborators Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, Lithuanian artist Deimantas Narkevicius and Switzerland’s Yves Netzhammer will be displayed alongside Constantinescu’s own video work, My Beautiful Dacia, 2009. A sound work by Italian artist Liliana Moro and a sculpture by German artist Via Lewandowsky will also form part of the cardboard installation.

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