Atelier 35
Strada Șelari 13


The history of Atelier 35 can be traced back to a concept authored by the Romanian Artists Union in the 70’s. This materialized as a network of spaces dedicated to experimental art and young artists in several major cities from Romania. The figure 35 suggests, what would have been considered at the time, the conventional limit of youth.

On Off Structures


Tip eveniment
Perioada Expozitie
13.09.2019 - 13.10.2019
  • 18:00 - Deschidere
  • 00:00 - Inchidere

On Off Structures – a perspective. // drawing a parallel between trees and people, fences and national borders // In On Off Structures Vlad Brăteanu’s works, in photography, found objects and audio, open a multisided consideration of confrontations with limitations. What structures do oțetarii encounter? Who shapes whom in the crossing? What are the strategies in the face of obstacles? The Ailanthus altissima follows a natural calling, the light, and steadily strives towards its goal. Never minding the fence in its way, it develops different strategies to overcome and resist. Some trees pass at one point, some branches weave back and forth between the property lines, others sneak seeds or sprouts to “the other side”. As the branches and trunks thicken over the years, the fences are swallowed and integrated, embodied, by the tree. But how is the one side of the fence different to the other side? While Bucharest’s trees of heaven negotiate private and public spaces, human border-crossers deal with the coincidence of their birthplace on this or that side of a fence. Each border ranges in permeability. And each place of birth comes with different given factors: different degrees of freedom of movement, varying financial and educational opportunities, more or less (human) rights. The similarities between oțetarii and border-crossers are uncanny, as migration is not a singular life event, but a process with many steps and challenges. The fence-crossing changes the trees’ appearances, creating knots and twists. As for the biographies of human border-crossers – they often vary from “ideal” vitas. Moving bodies, minds, belongings from one place to the other is an effort, and leave marks, though often invisible. Which of the occurring mutations do we consider desirable, which carry struggle and stigma? As trees and people expand, the border and man-made construction of differentness becomes part of daily practices, bodies and biographies. Even though the fence, the border, the structure is long passed, it remains an irreversible part within. Humans accept the segregational, adverse structure that a national border inherently is (sure enough under the pretence of protection and security), and arrange their plans, emotions and aspirations accordingly. Bending, sometimes being broken, absorbing, pushing, metastasising, taking detours, scarring, but growing, moving towards, towards - On Off Structures sharpens our gaze in everyday life, finding more plants and trees overcoming fences every day. It may also make us more attentive towards border-crossers of our own species, with all the struggles, and successes. Who are we reminded of? Our own experiences, our families’ and friends’ encounters with borders? But it may also make us acknowledge the hardships of border-crossers in the Mediterranean, Marocco, the Balkans, Mexico/USA, Syria, Venezuela, and in almost every other corner of the earth. What are our strategies in the face of obstacles, fences, borders.