Momentum 2 emerged from a desire to determine the insertion of a thematic segment within art practices in Romania - forms of violence and abuse against women - a topic avoided in local contemporary art for various reasons. One of them seems to be related to the severity and discomfort such issues raise in a culture that combines prejudices concerning gender relations in which violence becomes the norm with the mechanisms of consumer culture in which violence serves marketing policies. On one hand, violence and abuse are perceived as private phenomena, and on the other they are show type subjects consumed by the public as such. They are in fact social phenomena with moral, physical and mental implications to be regulated at the legislative level, through state policies that combat such behavioral deviations. External pressures and those of non-governmental organizations in the country have determined that only in 2012 to be promulgated a law against domestic violence. However, implementation difficulties and mentality limitations keep violence against women at high levels. Internationally one in three women is a victim of violence or a form of abuse. Women artists and male artists involved in this project have related to the subject in different ways, some allusive other more direct. The works reflect attitudes, personal stories extended to collective ones, forms of social criticism extremely necessary in today's society.
Curator: Olivia Nitis
Artists: Michele Bressan, Irina Botea, Irina Broboană, Cătălin Burcea, Mario Ionescu, Flavia Lupu, Delia Popa, Marilena Preda Sânc, Valeriu Șchiau, Roxana Trestioreanu, Mihai Zgondoiu
Period: April 24 - May 14, 2014
Location: Aiurart Contemporary Art Space, Bucharest