artists & participants
Art Encounters 2017 lies at the intersection between an experimental art festival and a contemporary art biennial, and focuses on Romania’s cultural connections with its geographic neighbours. Entitled Life a User’s Manual, the central exhibition curated by Ami Barak and Diana Marincu, will survey and compile fragments from everyday life, as seen in both current artistic practices and historical art projects from the 1960s onwards.
The biennial has been developed through an extensive programme of curatorial research and will bring together a group of international artists who will engage in meaningful dialogues with the region’s artistic discourses and communities. The exhibition will be embedded across a wide range of cultural and public venues in Timisoara and Arad, and will highlight the ways in which artists reflect on many day-to-day realities that are now becoming increasingly unstable.
Like in George Perec’s novel, La vie mode d’emploi, the exhibition will present characters, situations and contexts – stories that span not only over a day, but also a lifetime. As the fluxus artist Robert Filliou said, “art is what makes life more interesting than art”.
Alongside the main exhibition, Art Encounters 2017 will provide a close examination of the Romanian art scene by inviting a comprehensive selection of independent art organisations that provide critical support and opportunities for contemporary art in Romania. The biennial will seek to become a dynamic platform to engender cultural development and debate, both regionally and nationally, in ways that can help sustain emerging generations of Romanian artists.
Ana Adam (RO), Ana Adamovic (RS), Dan Acostioaei (RO), Adorjani Marta (RO), Francis Alys (BE-MX), Alexandru Antik (RO), Razvan Anton (RO), Sandor Barta (RO), Jozsef Barta (RO-HU), Marion Baruch (RO-IT), Liliana Basarab (RO), Ioana Batranu (RO), Anca Beneru & Arnold Estefan (RO), Stefan Bertalan (RO-DE), Dan Beudean (RO), Michel Blazy (MCO_FR), Alex Bodea (RO-DE), Irina Botea Bucan (RO-UK), Stefan Botez (RO-CH), Razvan Botis (RO), Dora Budor (HR-US), Michele Bressan (RO), Corneliu Brudascu (RO),Alin Bozbiciu (RO), Pavel Braila (MD), Igor & Ivan Buharov (HU), Vlad Cadar (RO), Ciprian Ciuclea (RO), Claudiu Cobilaschi (RO), Norbert Costin (RO), Roman Cotosman (RO-US ), Gheorge Cringasu (RO), Raluca Croitoru (RO-NL), Adrian Dan (RO), Cristina David (RO), Danes Miklosi (RO), Alle Dicu (RO), Nikola Dzafo (RS), Yael Efrati (IL), Arantxa Etcheverria (RO), Constantin Flondor (RO), Yona Friedman (HU-FR), Bogdan Girbo (RO), Teodor Graur (RO), Flaka Haliti (XK-DE), Lena Henke (DE_US), Camille Henrot (FR-US), Chana Horwitz (US), Nicu Ilfoveanu (RO), Catalin Ilie (RO-DE), Nona Inescu (RO), Isidor Isou (RO-FR), Mary Reid Kelley (US), Aurora Kiraly (RO), Julius Koller (SK), Michelle Lacombe (CA), Cezar Lazarescu (RO), Zbigniew Libera (PL), Ana Lupas (RO), David Maljkovic (HR), Victor Man (RO-DE), Mangelos (HR), Olivia Mihaltianu (RO), Andrei Nacu (RO-UK), Branislav Nikolic (RS), Vladimir Nikolic (RS), Catalina Nistor (RO), Roman Ondak (SK), Miklos Onucsan (RO), Pusha Petrov (RO), Pratchaya Phinthong (TH), Cristi Pogacean (RO), Raluca Popa (RO), Julien Previeux (FR), Claudia Radulescu (RO-BE), Lea Rosovsky (RO), Josef Robakowski (PL), Cristian Rusu (RO), Laurentiu Ruta-Fulger (RO), Anri Sala (FR-DE), Sergiu Sas (RO), Diet Sayler (RO-DE), Decebal Scriba (RO-FR), Hassan Sharif (UAE), Wang Sishun (CN), Larisa Sitar (RO), Serge Spitzer (RO-US), Mircea Stanescu (RO), Slobodan Stosic (RS), Mircea Suciu (RO), Florin Stefan (RO), Tot Endre (HU-DE), Smaranda Ursuleanu (RO), Vona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor (RO), Sorin Vreme (RO)
Ami Barak, Diana Marincu