Momentum project brings together the work of nine contemporary Romanian artists around a topic that has a significant history with classicized consequences in the public consciousness: March 8th , International Women's Day and the general association of the month of March with femininity and all its conformist baggage. Artists observe and deconstruct social realities, relate to issues based on personal experiences to build a different vision of how society should relate not only to the 8th of March, but especially to a half of human population bearing on her shoulders political, economic and cultural prejudices and despite the dramatic changes in women's lives for some decades now within developed societies, the transition to "something else" turns out to be a slow process, with syncopes and contrasts. Carmen Acsinte cuts out a contemporary "genre scene" recreating a room in the private space where a couple consumes a reality influenced by social norms, Dan Pierşinaru remembers through an installation a memory from childhood related to the significance of March 8th and social pressure, while Renée Renard relies on the experience of self-therapy by processing her own video hysterectomy.
The situation of women who are forced to work in another country to earn a living is the subject of photographic documentation signed by Matei Bejenaru, social realities and their multiple facets being also addressed by Marilena Preda Sânc in her video about the normative roles women, by Patricia Teodorescu who video-documented interviews with various human categories in order to capture attitudes about gender roles in contemporary Romanian society, by Simona Dobrescu with a memorable photo that focuses on the artificiality of women in the corporate area, by Mario Ionescu in a series of identity photographs and by Valeriu Schiau in an objectual story about reproductive rights. The conceptual dimension is assumed by Paricia Teodorescu whose secondary video traces through a symbol the process of transition and the fragility of memory in parallel with human violence in a kind of cause and effect relationship. Momentum is a project that reflects social reality and emotional intimacy, calling for a critical gesture at the same time and the invitation to identify changing solutions by understanding our altered consciousness and long-term consequences determined by socio-cultural limitations.
Curator: Olivia Nitis
Artists: Carmen Acsinte, Matei Bejenaru, Simona Dobrescu, Mario Ionescu, Dan Pierșinaru, Renee Renard, Marilena Preda Sânc, Patricia Teodorescu
Period: March 7 - 30, 2013
Location: Aiurart Contemporary Art Space, Bucharest