17th of May-25th of June, the Brush Factory
The expansibility of the Field of Struggle
Curator: Marius Tanasescu
Producers: Florin Stefan and Horea Avram
Opening: Friday, 17th of May, 6pm, the Brush Factory
The Expansibility of the Field of Struggle aims to be a possible
form of capturing in concrete forms the gaseous state of the human
rights, through artistic means such as installation art, photography
and video art. The exhibition is, therefore, a way to problematize
the real, although imperfect, state of the human rights in relation
with an 'ideal' system of which we are all a part. If expansibility
is a natural quality of these human rights, their politization
is an intrinsic part of our ways to interpret them, to manipulate
them in a collective manner through spectatorial participation
and direct (artistic) action.
15th of June-25 July 2013, Libraria Carturesti
Photo exhibition: In the Stillness
Opening: Saturday June 15th, 6pm
A group of 15 photographs, named by photographer Adrian Catu 'In
the stillness', presents the public in Cluj another Africa as
than the numerous photo reports marked our eyes and conscience
- one of the daily stillness and normality, of small spaces and
gestures. An Africa which is full of humanity. Professor Dorel
Gaina is one of the hosts of the exhibition.
'If I were to sum up in a word the differences between us and
Africa, this word, however incomplete and imprecise it may sound,
would be to me <Stillness>.
It is quiet in the nights without cars and music in the full of
stars faraway distances. It is quiet in the afternoon, and time
fell asleep under the shade of a lonely tree. It is quiet in the
morning, when stars quietly melt away and the earth comes away
from the dark in the blue light.
Photoreporters only get there when there is a genocide or war
or when they habe to illustrate some misunderstood poverty. The
left use Africa for equalitarian ideologies, without seeing its
face. The right speak of <people who reject the progress>,
the same as a politically-correct about the <savage of some
other times>. And almost all of them offer their <help>to
exploit its resources in devious ways, which leave behind nothing
else than waste and frustrations. Simply, Africa is ignored. How
much news have you heard of Africa lately? What does it actually
happen when nothing happens?
It is hard to say
but first of all, it is quiet.
And the subject of this exhibition is this quietness.
About the quietness of ordinary days, of gestures which make no
news, that hardly interest anybody - yet which make up the daily
life. The life where anthropologists find new senses. The stillness
which, in the run of the automobile while we are busy with a smartphone
or a tablet, while various links pop up, while a job takes all
our time and resources, we fail to perceive.
I invite you to see together a part of Africa's stillness. The
photographs were taken in Norhtern Burkina Fasso, in the Sahel.
In the stillness
Adrian Catu is a freelancer photographer, collaborator of the
National Geographic Romania, passionate of documentary photography.
He has a master's degree at the SNSPA Bucharest. Be they located
in Romania or on other continents, his themes dwell on the man
and his habitat. Personal exhibitions: Peter Pan's Portraits (portraits
from the Madagascar, 2009), Beyond the traffic (victims of the
persons trafficking, Romania, 2011), Nothing special about Paris
Paris (street photography, Paris, 2012).