Artists: Sebastian Apostol și Bogdan Cazacioc
For NAG 2017 we are going to present 2 projects which are approaching in different ways the notion of "safety": how we identify this and how it is represented in public space.
Look! Safe to move?
We're constantly being spied on by closed-circuit television cameras, those electronic eyes peering down at us and monitoring everything we do. Complex systems of surveillance that represent the deployment of an ideological hegemony*, where ideology is in fact the way we perceive reality in the daily life.
The project presents a new approach for a series of spaces that in the end are merely projections of a LCD screen and are not in direct contact with the artist. A series of spaces with a precise limit, fragments without a clear control of the camera, situations captured without the trace of a phisical photographer. Images that were taken with the help of a very small rear camera of a car, designated for a safety parking and that is part of the artist’s life not just to facilitate a shorter time for a maneuver but also for a new way of observing fragments of distorted but close reality.
*Ideological hegemony theorizes the way in which relationships of domination and exploitation are embedded in the dominant ideas of society.
Sebastian Apostol (b.1987) is an architect and visual artist, with a BA degree at the National University of Arts from Bucharest.
Betweeen 2015 and 2016 he received a scholarship at Weißensee Berlin / University of Arts where he presented a part of the project "Look! Safe to move?" and decided to make from here an ongoing project to explore in detail this subject.
In 2016 he starts the transformation of a garage into a small art gallery, launching in this way an invitation for the young artists to propose new projects in this exhibition space.
BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY
Fear is strong. Faith may come even stronger. Are they related or linked? Is having fear of God the same as having faith in God?
This project examines not only the relationship between faith and fear, but the transfer of the protective aura of the church into dangerous spaces, places in which accidents take place and bad things come into play.
Looking closer at what others may view as common sense or purely banal, I aimed to document how people deal with their own insecurities.
Bogdan Cătălin Cazacioc (b.1988) is a young artist from Bucharest, Romania who works with film photography. He grew up in Tineretului neighborhood where he used to draw on walls and elevators. For the last 10 years he has been interested in film photography and he’s using it ever since. In this period of time he shot almost 800 rolls of 35mm film and showcased projects of his at Atelier 35, Kabinet, Spațiul Platforma (MNAC Anexa), Romanian Design Week and Noaptea Caselor 2. In the near future he intends on releasing his first photo-book – BANII DE ȚIGĂRI PE FILME.