. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)


Posted by | Conversations at the Edge | Posted on | November 12, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 6pm | Curator Irina Botea in person!

Post-Mortem Dialogue With Ceauşescu (Ion Grigorescu, 2007). Image courtesy the artist.

Post-Mortem Dialogue With Ceauşescu (Ion Grigorescu, 2007). Image courtesy the artist.

“Artistic reenactments do not ask…what really happened…instead, they ask what the images we see might mean concretely to us” — Inke Arns

Artistic reenactments do not aim to affirm or glorify the past, but rather to examine an event’s relevance in the present. They call into question our very understanding of this present—along with its social, political and cultural potential. This program, curated by artist and SAIC faculty member Irina Botea, proposes a trajectory of reenactment that cycles through highly mediated events and famous works of art, from a propaganda film made by the Romanian secret police in 1959 to Sharon Hayes’s Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) Screeds (2003), in which the artist attempts to recite from memory Patty Hearst’s infamous tapes to her parents after being kidnapped in 1974. Also featuring work by Ion Grigorescu, Ciprian Muresan, Mathew Paul Jinks, and Artur Żmijewski, among others. Multiple artists, 1959-2010, Poland/Romania/USA, multiple formats, ca. 75 min.

IRINA BOTEA (1970, Ploiesti, Romania) is a visual artist, whose works combine cinema verite and direct cinema with reenactment strategies, auditions, and rehearsals. She received a BFA and MFA from Bucharest University of Arts in 2001 and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. Solo and group shows include: National Gallery Jeu de Paume, Paris; Reina Sofia National Museum, Madrid; Gwangju Biennale 2010; U -Turn Quadriennial, Copenhagen; 51st Venice Biennale; Prague Bienale; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; Casa Encendida, Madrid; Salzburger Kunstverein, Austria; Argos Center for Art and Media, Brussels; Artefact Festival, Leuven; Rotterdam Film Festival; HMKV Halle, Dortmund; Casino de Luxembourg; Kunstforum, Vienna; Foksal Gallery, Warsaw; MNAC (National Museum of Contemporary Art), Bucharest; Museum of Contemporary Art, Szczecin, Poland; and Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowki Castle, Warsaw. She resides in Chicago.