October 12 – November 16, 2006 YOUNG ARTISTS’ BIENNIAL
BUCHAREST – second edition

AWOL, Absent Without Leave

Meta Cultural Foundation in partnership with Goethe-Institut Bukarest are inviting you to attend the opening of the second edition of The Young Artists’ Biennial, AWOL, Absent Without Leave, which will take place on Saturday, October 14, 19.00 at the Brătianu Palace, 6 Visarion St.(Piaţa Romană), Bucharest.

Prior to the opening UNAgaleria (10 General Budişteanu St., Bucharest) will host the PRESS CONFERENCE of the Biennial on Friday, October 13, 13.00 pm.

Please confirm Your participation on the email: metacult@gmail.com

(Contact person: Viviana Drugă, project assistant, Tel: 0745398018).

The Young Artists’ Biennial is Bucharest’s first large periodic event in the domain of visual arts which aims at displaying and promoting the art of young contemporary artists in a regional and international context. The project was designed to combine theoretical and artistic discourses and will bring together artists, curators, art critics, journalists, cultural operators, researchers, visual culture theoreticians.

“AWOL is a term which refers to someone who has deserted their post without permission - the person is somewhere else, with thoughts and needs beyond and in opposition to the central point, the institution. In accordance with this, the biennial and artists’ work aim to investigate and create alternative spaces and situations for presenting and experiencing art. The exhibition will include works that critique the ‘institution’, projects that engage with the politics and communities of a particular site, and work that engages with the emotionalism of someone who is AWOL.

Above all, AWOL allows for the possibility of art arising out of unexpected discoveries, or unlikely juxtapositions for both artists and audience. By creating the opportunity where ideas of ‘here’ and ‘somewhere else’ can be explored, the Biennial aims to begin to distinguish the European identity of the capital based on such an exploration of creativity through proposals of alternative spaces for expression, experience, reflection and dialogue” (curators’ statement)

The schedule of the Young Artists Biennial will include:
October 13, UNAgaleria (10 General Budişteanu St.):
ROUND TABLE on the topic Defying gravity – geopolitical and structural (dis)advantages of being young – 10.00-13.00
Round Table participants: Rael Artel (critic and curator, Rael Artel Non-profit Space, Estonia, appointed curator for the International Biennial, Estonia, 2007), Ami Barak (curator, president, IKT/International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, Paris), Dave Beech (journalist, Art Monthly magazine), Giuliana Carbi (director, Trieste Contemporanea, Italy), Kim Sukie Dhillon (jurnalist, Frieze, Londra), Jaroslaw Lubiak (art historian, art critic and a curator, Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz/Poland), Duncan MacLaren (art critic, Map Magazine, Scottland), Jane Neal (journalist, Art Review, London), Nevenka Sivavec (curator at the Center for Contemporary Arts Celje/Likovni salon), Ron Sluik (artist, curator and publisher at the AoRTa Art Centre Chisinau), Carol Soutar (adviser - Cultural Enterprise Office, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee), Yeb Wiersma (artist, member in the Trans Artists Foundation, Amsterdam).

Romanian art critics, curators, journalists and gallerists as well as the team of curators of this year’s exhibition will also be present at the round table.

PRESS CONFERENCE - 13.00-13.30 pm
ROUND TABLE – part II – Conclusions

October 14:
PORTFOLIO REVIEW WORKSHOP - part II - 10.00 am -13.00 pm, UNAgaleria, 10 General Budişteanu St.
OPENING of the international exhibition AWOL, Absent Without Leave,
– October 14, 19.00 pm, Brătianu Palace (6 Visarion St. /Piaţa Romană)
Curators: Jenny Brownrigg (curator at Dundee University, Exhibition Department, Great Britain), Branko Franceschi, curator and executive director, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, Croatia), Irina Grabovan (director and curator, Artcentre AoRTa Chisinau, Republic of Moldavia), Simona Nastac (curator nd art critic, Romania), Oana Tanase (independent curator and art critic, Romania).
Artists: Anca Benera (Romania), Miranda Blennerhassett (Great Britain), Orsolya Bagala Larsen (Hungary, resides in Copenhague), Olga Bersan (Republic of Moldovia), Alejandro Cesarco (Uruguay, resides in New York), Marcus Coates (Great Britain), Simona Denicolai (Italy) & Ivo Provoost (Belgium), Marjan Denkov (Macedonia), Matthias Deumlich (Germany), Will Duke (Great Britain), Duo van der Mixt (Romania), Igor Eskinja (Croatia), Mandy Gehrt (Germany), Guy Gormley & Jack Stubbs Wormell (UK), Per Hüttner (Sweden, resides in Paris), Ivana Jaksic (Serbia), Miha Knific (Slovenia), Yuri Lonkoff (Republic of Moldavia, USA) , Benoît Maire (France), David Maljkovic (Croatia), Mamabart (Belgium), Ioana Marinescu (Romania, resides in London) & Robert Fearns ( UK), Victor Man (Romania), Gili Mocanu (Romania), Nicoleta Mocanu & Marius Stoica (Romania), Ivan Moudov (Bulgaria), Flávia Müller Medeiros (Brazil, resides in London), Ciprian Muresan (Romania), Stuart Murray (Great Britain), Kader Muzaqi (Kosovo), Lucia Nimcova (Slovakia), Svitlana Oleshko (Ukrain), Oksana Pasaiko (Ukraine), Olivia Plender (Great Britain), Marion Porten (Germany), Louisa Preston (Great Britain), Lala Rascic (Bosnia and Herzegovina ), Ulf Saupe (Germany), Gentian Shkurti (Albania), Tobias Sternberg (Great Britain), Ed Templeton (Los Angeles), Alexander Tinei (Republic of Moldavia), Florin Tudor & Mona Vatamanu (Romania), Nikola Uzunovski (Serbia and Montenegro, resides in Venice and Helsinki), George Vasilache (Romania), Alexander Valchev & Stefania Yanakieva (Bulgaria), Alejandro Vidal (Spain), Borjan Zafirovski (Macedonia), Alexander Zika (Germany), Yoke & Zoom/Gavin Wade (Great Britain), Jordan Wolfson (New York/Berlin), Veronika Zapletalova (Czech Republic)
November 10/11:
ART CRITIQUE WORKSHOP under the direct guidance of the art critic Jan Verwoert, member in the consultative commitee of Kunstverin München and associate professor of Contemporary Art and Theory at the Umeå Academy (Sweden).

An event under the High Patronage of Romania’s President, Mr. Traian Băsescu.
Partners: Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe through the Ministry of External Affairs of the German Federal Republic, Bucharest City Hall through ArCuB - the Center for Cultural Projects of Bucharest Municipality, Romanian Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs, Administration of National Cultural Found, The Swiss Cultural Program in Romania, Romanian Cultural Institute.

With the support of: Ion I. Brãtianu Cultural Foundation, Scottish Arts Council, Glasgow City Council, Czech Center, UNAgaleria, Moderna Museet Stockholm, British Council, Arts Council England, Polish Insitute in Bucharest, New Europe College, Artluk, National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), American Cultural Center, MCL Glasgow, University of Dundee, project # (DSBA), Patrick Painter Ink., Union of Architects of Romania.

Main sponsor: Flamingo Computers
Media Partners: Cotidianul, TVR, Banii nostri, Forum Invest, aLtitudini, Suplimentul de cultura, Omagiu, 24-FUN, Radio Guerrilla, Igloo, Feeder.ro, AnticArt.

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