“Plantelor 58 Artist Residency” aims to introduce international artists and curators to the Romanian cultural environment. The programme started in 2015 and it is an innitiative of gallerist Anca Poterașu - president of ARAC and founder of Anca Poterașu Gallery in Bucharest.
RESIDENCY PROJECTS / ARCHIVE
Curatorial Residency with Marta Ramos-Yzquierdo
Marta Ramos-Yzquierdo is an art historian from the UCM, Madrid, MA in Cultural Management from Instituto Ortega y Gasset, and she is part as curator of the ICI New York (Bogotá, 2013). After five years living in Chile, in 2009 she moved to Brazil where she was director of Galeria Baró. Between August 2012 and July 2013 she was appointed director of the independent art centre Pivô. Back in Spain, she has run the LOOP Fair 2017. She has recently been awarded a research grant at Real Academia de España in Rome, doing a curatorial study on the Operaismo during the 1960s-1970s in Italy. She also writes for magazines such as Arte al día, arthishock and a-desk.org.
There Is A Lion Across The River by artist Orit Ishay
Orit Ishay’s residency in Bucharest was the product of an intense month of research, image-making on the background of the city. The artist worked together with the local community to reveal a process of history-building seen through details of architecture, street-views and selected fragments out of different areas of Bucharest. Orit Ishay’s artworks often deal with underlying networks of social frights and collective hopes.
Academic Drawing by artist Kazimieras Sližys
Kazimieras Sližys worked together with curator Anca Verona Mihuleț to develop the Academic Drawing exhibition which opened between the 26th of September and the 15th of November, 2015. The research project of the Lithuanian artist implied instruments that didn’t aim to define an aesthetic statement; the conscious fragmentation of space, the usage of the sound and light for defining the immediate area of interest imposed unexpected forms of organizing the collected information. In order to avoid subjectivity and limit his possibilities, the artist had worked according to a well-established plan ever since his departure from Vilnius.
Infrastructure by artist Helena Wallberg
The exhibition Infrastructure was the result of the collaboration between Helena Wallberg and Anca Verona Mihuleţ, during the two months spent by the artist at the residency “Plantelor 58” and it opened between the 29th of November and the 17th of January, 2016. Helena Wallberg graduated from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. Her space interventions and site-specific installations have been displayed in various spaces – academic, independent, alternative – in Stockholm, Rotterdam and Vienna. Interested in materiality, Helena Wallberg questions distance, memory and personal space.
Pio Abad (b. 1983, Manila, The Phillipines) is mainly concerned with the socio-political significance of the objects surrounding him, but also with the dictatorial patterns of this last century. For the purpose of his residency in Bucharest, he made a comparative research with the dictatorial regime of Nicolae Ceauseascu. .
ARAC is a non-profit organization founded in June 2012, in order to produce and promote contemporary art in Romania and abroad. The initiative of the 58 Plantelor Residency belongs to Anca Poterasu, gallerist and ARAC President. The first edition of the Residency took place in 2015 and it was financed through a grant offered by Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and the Romanian Government.