IHME Recommends: tranzit.ro


For the rest of 2015, the IHME Recommends page will be introducing public art producers abroad. ENPAP, or the Enlarged Network of Public Art Producers, was initiated by director of Mossutställningar in Stockholm Stella d’Ailly. The aim of the network is to combine forces in fund-raising and sharing of professional expertise – both producing and curating – between members. IHME is happy to introduce the members of the network.

tranzit.ro was founded in 2012 on the initiative of the ERSTE Foundation, becoming the fifth member of tranzit.org, a network of independent, non-profit organizations in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and the Slovak Republic. tranzit.ro has the additional role of being itself a network that is active in three permanent institutions in the cities of Iasi, Cluj and Bucharest, with an annual project also organized in Sibiu by the artist Lia Perjovschi.

Through its wide range of activities, experiments with different working methodologies, and collaborations, tranzit.ro aims to establish itself as an innovative platform dedicated to contemporary art. tranzit.ro operates under a common conceptual framework, “Fiction, Rhetoric and Facts”, which tries to create a context for and to facilitate the development of cultural and artistic projects that reflect and act on the fabric of Romanian society, as seen against the wider contemporary background. Likewise, tranzit.ro/ Iași asks: Which is more important, the sound, the “world of words”, or the facts – the hard facts? Rather than illustrating curatorial concepts, tranzit.ro/ Iași seeks long-term involvement in art projects or with artists who may initiate public interventions and influence the mental or social constructions that surround us.

tranzit.ro/ Iași is very proud to have recently successfully produced a new site-specific project by the internationally renowned artist Andreas Fogarasi. Curated by Cristian Nae, an Iasi-based theoretician, the exhibition continues until March 27 at the Cupola Gallery, and takes the form of a dramatic intervention in what was the permanent flooring of the locally best-known exhibition space in Iași – the Artist Union Gallery. Fogarasi decided to temporarily replace 37 tiles (33 x 33 cm) with various other old and new materials taken from or inspired by the city’s surfaces. Thus, the artist seems to be offering us, the inhabitants, as caretakers of these materials, a surface for a sort of dialectic game that might possibly lead us to a phantomatic truth, one that is impossible to spell out.

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