Salonul de proiecte opens its new exhibition season with an invitation to dialogue that brings face to face artists Dan Perjovschi and Cristian Răduță, extending a working format whereby artists from different generations are invited to produce an exhibition together. Such forms of interaction have hitherto not unfolded within a rigid framework, and in this instance it was Dan Perjovschi who chose to collaborate with Cristian Răduță. The structure of the exhibition makes visible the tension between two registers: on the one hand, the reality of everyday life, and on the other, the humour-infused imaginary that arises in those moments when the everyday suffers a short circuit. As his raw material, Dan Perjovschi employs newspaper, which he incorporates into his practice, altering it in various ways; he is interested in both the materiality and the content of newsprint, which rapidly goes out of date. Perjovschi incisively comments on the current realities of the contemporary world, constantly hijacks and re-contextualises the events that make up the horizon of the present, revealing their significance and reminding us of our need to engage as citizens. For Dan Perjovschi, newspapers are a medium with which he has been involved directly since 1991, when he began contributing to Revista 22, a platform via which he communicates (producing projects for and from newspapers), from which he draws ideas, and which he utilises physically, as a working material in various types of installations and artist’s books. Another way of working with modest materials drawn from everyday life can be found in the practice of Cristian Răduță, who incorporates into his sculptural objects waste materials such as polystyrene, paper, plastic, or tin. The result is a type of bricolage-sculpture, which, on the one hand, contains references to the utopia of space exploration and the failures inherent to such ambitious enterprises, and, on the other, concretely evokes the space junk that will orbit the Earth forever. Another feature to be found in the practice of both artists is humour: Dan Perjovschi draws on a direct, acidic kind of humour, while in the work of Cristian Răduță the humour arises from the discrepancy created between the grandeur of plans to “conquer” space and the poverty of the materials the artist employs. Dan Perjovschi (b. 1961) is one of the most critically acclaimed Romanian contemporary artists, his international career spanning more than 30 years. In his drawings, he discusses contemporary social and political issues in a subtle and ironical manner. His numerous solo and group shows were held at prestigious institutions like MoMA (US), Kunsthalle Basel (CH), Kiasma (FI), Reykjavik Museum of Art (IS), Van Abbe Museum (NL), Tate Modern (UK), Para/Site Art Space (HK), Moderna Museet (SE) among others. Among the most important art prizes he received are George Maciunas Prize (2004), ECF Princess Margriet Award (2012, with Lia Perjovschi), and Rosa Schapire Art Prize (2016). Cristian Răduță (b. 1982) lives and works in Bucharest. In 2016 he co-founded Sandwich art space. His artistic practice includes sculptures, objects and installations that start from hypothetical, sometimes absurd situations and characters, which are humorously employed. In his works, he is interested in the relationships and tensions that form among the various industrial and bricolage materials he uses. He exhibited at Museum of Sculpture at Królikarnia Palace, Sandwich Bucharest, ElectroPutere Gallery Craiova, MNAC Bucharest, among others. Special thanks to: Jane Lombard Gallery New York, Galerija Gregor Podnar Berlin, Christine König Galerie Vienna, Sandwich Gallery Bucharest, Ana Maria and Mihai Spulber The exhibition can be visited also during the book launch event – The Factory of Facts and Other (Unspoken) Stories – scheduled from 19:00 to 20:30. The exhibition is organised by the Salonul de proiecte Association as part of the project Local and/or Global: Methodologies of Artistic Production. With the support of: The Centre for Contemporary Culture Club Electroputere, Craiova Media partners: Scena9.ro, Revista 22 A cultural project co-funded by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or the manner in which the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the funding recipient. Sponsor: Corcova Salonul de proiecte functions with the long-term support of the Art Encounters Foundation, Timișoara.
"A surprising book, which, from the poetic and well‑found title, The Factory of Facts and Other (Unspoken) Stories to the alert assemblage of texts/images, interrogates and puts forward a reading of the socialist public space via what constituted its new milestones: the civic centre, the house of culture, and the universal store. These three complex objects are pertinently explored from various viewpoints, each of which restores to them different facets. Densely‑structured texts (by Alex Răuţă/Irina Tulbure/Laura Popa‑Florea) that examine the theoretical and historical sides of the objects in question are complemented by less unexpected approaches that resituate them in their post‑1989 becoming: memory with a hint of sociological questionnaire (studioBASAR); partial transcription in the videogrammes of a documentary (Matei Bejenaru); photographic essay (Nicu Ilfoveanu); reanimation of ideological meanings from the press of the time (Puiu Lăţea). Masterfully orchestrating all the fragments that make up the volume, Alina Şerban places them in dialogue with exceptional period photographic material (selected by Irina Tulbure) that has preserved intact its evocative power. Brought together, words and images set in motion the Factory of Facts of life (imagined/dreamed/real) in the socialist city." Carmen Popescu, architectural historian This book was published with the support of the Romanian Chamber of Architects from the architectural stamp funds. Editorial project supported by the Union of Architects of Romania and the Romanian Chamber of Architects—Timiş Branch. Published to mark the exhibition The Factory of Facts and Other (Unspoken) Stories held at Salonul de proiecte Bucharest between 21.09 and 30.10.2016. The Factory of Facts and Other (Unspoken) Stories is published by pepluspatru Association within the editorial programme P+4 Publications and continues the series of publications dedicated to the cultural research of Romanian contemporary architecture which began with the book Enchanting Views. Black Sea Tourism Planning and Architecture of the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibition Breaking the News & UFOtopia / Dan Perjovschi și Cristian Răduța can be visited also during the book launch event.