With this week’s episode, the “Contemporary Romanian Art Scene in 8 Gallery Tours” series, which for months has presented some of Romania’s best exhibition spaces, curators and artists, will run as part of our brand-new program devoted to visual arts. Called “Art Fridays”, it will broaden the scope of your journey by illuminating all corners of Romanian visual creativity and inviting you to engage, no matter where you are. Start now the exploration of the most influential Romanian galleries, enjoy the hottest exhibitions all over the country, learn about recent works by first-rate artists and let yourselves be guided and transformed by the works artists create in response to the world we live in.
Founded in September 2015 by Suzana Vasilescu, SUPRAINFINIT Gallery develops a fluid program that highlights Romanian and international emerging and mid-career artists. It heralds the name of a plural and utopian universe created by artist collective Apparatus 22. By recently expanding its curatorial framework with SEQUENCE (a vitrine project) and SALTMINE (a temporary exhibition & performance platform located underneath the main exhibiting space), the gallery seeks to engage in a multilayered approach to artistic contexts and contents. After producing several exhibitions in its initial space and followed by a nomad experience in chaotic and ever fascinating Bucharest, SUPRAINFINIT has recently moved to its new and permanent location. The gallery’s current co-director is independent curator Cristina Vasilescu.
#Episode 1: SUPRAINFINIT Gallery
WHEN YOU LOOK AND YOU CAN'T SEE BY ARTIST ZIAD ANTAR
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Ziad Antar (1978, Sidon) is a Lebanese video artist and photographer. Antar’s work has been acquired by public and private collections, including the Centre Georges Pompidou, the British Museum, the Louis Vuitton Foundation and the Aishti Foundation, among others. He is also the co-founder of “La Vitrine,” a non-commercial, street-level space for site-specific interventions. He studied Agricultural Engineering at the American University of Beirut before turning to video and arts with a residency at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2003) and a post-diploma at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris (2004). Ziad Antar lives and works between Beirut and Paris.
ABOUT THE CURATOR:
Cristina Vasilescu is a curator living and working in Bucharest. She’s currently Artistic Director at SUPRAINFINIT Gallery in Bucharest and founder of 19DOORS project space inhabiting a domestic environment in Bucharest. Working across multiple disciplines, she co-founded Quote—Unquote, an interdisciplinary platform that investigates the mechanisms, uses and effects of (public) speech in contemporary society through artistic practice and its intersection with other fields of activity. She co-directed clearview, a contemporary art project based in London, worked at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) London and studied Curating Contemporary Arts at the Royal College of Art.
ABOUT THE GALLERIST:
Suzana Vasilescu (born in 1988) is an Art historian and Cultural manager. She was, amongst others, the organiser of the first post-modern and contemporary art auction in Romania, in the framework of Artmark Auction House, where she also led the department of Post-modern and Contemporary Art. In 2015 Suzana initiated the first Art Biennial in Romania –Art Encounters– which took place at Timisoara and has been a milestone in the art context of Romania. She is currently the Founder and Director of the contemporary art gallery, SUPRAINFINIT, and is the art advisor for important private art collections in Romania. She is integral part of the acquisition board of the Museum of Recent Art, the first private art museum opened in the last century in Romania, having as focus Romanian art from 1965 to the present. Between 2011 and 2014 she was the Director of the contemporary art gallery, Nicodim Gallery. She holds a MBA at the most prestigious Romanian business school, ASSEBUSS, in partnership with Kennesaw State University, Atlanta Georgia.
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