TRIUMF AMIRIA. Museum of Queer Culture [?]
presents the series of statement exhibitons
YOU FEEL ~ AND DRIFT ~ AND SING
in four locations in Bucharest, Romania
TRIUMF AMIRIA. The Museum of Queer Culture [?] in partnership with The National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), has the pleasure to present the series of statement exhibitions YOU FEEL ~ AND DRIFT ~ AND SING in a tentacular approach in four art venues in Bucharest: Combinatul Fondului Plastic, Suprainfinit Gallery, Spatiul THE INSTITUTE, SWITCH LAB
YOU FEEL ~ AND DRIFT ~ AND SING exhibitions include more than 100 works and work series by 38 artists and artist collectives and represents the tangible result of research into the queer artistic practices happening in Romania since 2001. The exhibition marks the two decades passed since the landmark repeal of Article 200 of the Penal Code of Romania in 2001 which criminalized same sex relationships.
The curatorial duo KILOBASE BUCHAREST – Dragoș Olea (also TRIUMF AMIRIA’s visual art curator) and Sandra Demetrescu (also chief curator at MNAC) – selected works created by queer artists, dealing with queer themes or meant to disrupt the status quo and enable change, to queer the future in resonance with the fluid spirit of TRIUMF AMIRIA. Thus, one can discover works following artists or artist collectives, in alphabetical order: Apparatus 22, Alex Bodea, Ștefan Botez, Patrick Brăila, Cornel Brudașcu, Irina Bujor, Liviu Bulea, Andrei Chintilă, Lorena Cocioni, Raluca Ilaria Demetrescu, Georgiana Dobre & Kjersti Vetterstad, Paul Dunca / Paula Dunker, Julio Elvisey Pisică, Vergine Santa Frida, Alex Horghidan, Limba semnelor de întrebare (The Language of Question Marks), Luca Istodor, Hortensia Mi Kafchin, Katja Lee Eliad, Mihai Lukács, Mihai Mihalcea, Alex Mirutziu, Sebastian Moldovan, Paul Mureșan, Vasile Mureșan (Murivale), Ioana Nemeș, Mircea Nicolae, Adrian Oncu, Sorin Oncu, Ileana Pașcalău, Manuel Pelmuș, Adina Pintilie, Veda Popovici, Lea Rasovszky, Flaviu Rogojan, Miron Schmückle, Aris Tureac, Mihaela Vasiliu (Chlorys).
1) Venue 1 / Main exhibition
YOU FEEL ~ AND DRIFT ~ AND SING (1 – 245) at Combinatul Fondului Plastic
The exhibition can be navigated in multiple ways, for example:
*) a multidimensional puzzle in which 245 queer narratives coexist and diffuse one into another under the reigning aspects of love, empathy and the critical spirit empowered at the level of the hyperbolic
*) an imperatively necessary ~ fragile ~ precious forum resisting restrictive definitions of scope, where the boundaries between the public space (the agora) and the private worlds become blurred thanks to the adventurous ~ magical ~ surprising exhibition layout created together with the architect Laura Paraschiv / CIRCA 1703 – 3071
*) a nonlinear expected ~ unexpected ~ immersive retrospective account of two decades or queer artistic production in Romania. No themes have been imposed beforehand, but they emerged following in-depth research and conversations with the artists.
*) A revelry-free celebration in which we invite you to feel ~ drift ~ sing among an abundance of queer artistic voices chanting about identity, desire, trauma, ecology, healing rituals, a daring and progressive future, differences, stigmatum, racism, the contemporary art system, the reclaim of public spaces, the splitting off definitions and oppressive norms, the language and neologisms of an extended vocabulary, fluidity and generosity.
“Placing an exhibition (or, better said, a series of exhibitions of the likes of YOU FEEL ~ AND DRIFT ~ AND SING) in an ‘in-between’ state – fluid, myria-narrative and tentacular – has meant deep collaboration with numerous artistic communities while exploring answers to a few questions: Who are, or who should be, the invited artists given the budget constraint of 30 artistic openings? How can we enable a generous, nuanced and surprising spectrum of queer or queering work in the exhibition? How can we keep a constructive equilibrium between established voices which have consistently been contributing to the queer discourse in Romania and internationally in the two decades in scope, and more recent, emerging voices, with various gender expressions etc?” – explain the members of KILOBASE BUCHAREST.
YOU FEEL ∼ AND DRIFT ∼ AND SING (1-245)
Combinatul Fondului Plastic
strada Baiculesti 29, Bucharest
December 4, 2021 – January 19, 2022
Wednesday – Sunday / 1- 7pm / in the period 12- 19 January the exhibition is open daily
2) Venue 2 / Tentacle A
YOU FEEL ∼ AND DRIFT ∼ AND SING (246 – 309) at Suprainfinit Gallery
functions as a repository of a set of hypersensitive sensors of the invisible ~ transparency ~ immaterial. From works using ready-made texts (extracted from a surprising commercial context) as a transmitter of emotions almost indescribable to critical works on unseen aspects that further propagate discrimination of the queer community, from works about ecology to works for healing processes, or works tapping into the potential of the queer imaginary, an immaterial force that can invent new horizons.
YOU FEEL ∼ AND DRIFT ∼ AND SING (246 – 309)
strada Mantuleasa 22, Bucharest
December 18, 2021 – February 18, 2022
Wednesday – Sunday / 1- 7pm
3) Venue 2 / Tentacle B
SIMȚI ~ ALUNECI ~ CÂNȚI (310 – 340) la Spațiul THE INSTITUTE
Having as a guiding light a sample of wisdom signed by RuPaul, “We’re all born naked and the rest is drag.” the exhibition at THE INSTITUTE is expanding in multiple directions the definition of drag by meanings that are twisted ~ unexplored ~ spectral about the gesture ~ ability ~ need to disguise ourselves.
YOU FEEL ∼ AND DRIFT ∼ AND SING (310-340)
Spatiul THE INSTITUTE
strada Baiculesti 29, Bucharest
December 18, 2021 – January 30, 2022
Wednesday – Sunday / 1 – 7pm
4) Venue 4 / Tentacle C
YOU FEEL ∼ AND DRIFT ∼ AND SING (341 – 370) at Switch Lab
is an expansive mini-unit with artistic interventions on the archival impulse and with materials on queer topics in Romania in the period 2001-2021.
YOU FEEL ∼ AND DRIFT ∼ AND SING (341 – 370)
strada Brezoianu 23 – 25, Bucharest
December 18, 2021 – January 30, 2022
Wednesday – Friday / noon – 5pm
About TRIUMF AMIRIA
A polymuseum in progress, fluent in multiple artistic languages, TRIUMF AMIRIA – Muzeul Culturii Queer [?] is researching, disseminating, and highlighting queer culture and queer artistic production in Romania.
It is also an ever-changing expression of a complex process of queering ~ critical thinking about what a museum could be, therefore it reveals itself as a hybrid between a real institution possible in the confines of the Romanian context and an ideal construct.
It is the first large-scale queer initiative of its kind in Romania.
TRIUMF AMIRIA is about the past, about the future and often about the unknown.
About the past because one of the goals is to recover the queer artistic production of the two decades that passed from an essential moment in Romania’s recent history: the repeal in 2001 of Article 200 of the Criminal Code, a gesture that meant decriminalizing same sex relationships.
TRIUMF AMIRIA is also about the future because it encourages, contextualizes and advances queer artistic perspectives, queer sensibilities and criticality through exhibitions, workshops, guided tours, theater performances and performances, public readings, parties, networking events in order to deconstruct multiple paradoxes shaping RO realities and beyond. It operates with love and empathy at a hyperbolic power.
To create an extensive space for reflection for and about the local queer culture, TRIUMF AMIRIA works in partnership with major cultural institutions such as the National Museum of Romanian Literature, the National Museum of Contemporary Art and the Replica Educational Theater Center.
In the period march 2020 – march 2022 the project is financed through EEA Grants 2014-2021 within the RO-CULTURA Programme.
The exhibition is sponsored by: UniCredit Bank, Between Bridges Foundation, Family Servais Collection and extra support offered by The Institute, add, INVITRO, CEDI and anonymous donors.
Media partners: ARTA magazine, CUTRA, ELLE, The Institute, Propagarta, Zeppelin
Exhibition design by: Laura Paraschiv / CIRCA 1703 – 3071, in collaboration with KILOBASE BUCHAREST
Graphic design: Otilia Mihalache-Fiastru, Serioja Bocsok
Production: Ion Georgescu, Ovidiu Toader, Sebastian Moldovan, Matei David
Thank you list
Triumf Amiria: Vlad Viski, Ioana Gonțea, Yvonne Irimescu, Mihaela Cîrjan, Ruxandra Grecea, Jerzy Ioana, Anamaria Mohr
MNAC: Călin Dan, Ioana Călinescu, Antigona Rogozea
Voluntari: Dan Chirca, Tristan Giraud, Mirona-Maria Iancu, Teodora Lica, Cristobal Molin, George Ionesi / CESI: Iulia Vlad, Alice Feraru, Belchiz Mauchi, Emilian Lungu
Onorina Nicodim, Mihai Nicodim, Andreea Alexe, Ben Lee Ritchie Handler, Petru Lucaci, Dani Ghercă, Suzana Vasilescu, Cristina Vasilescu, Maria Neneciu, Adrian Borțun, Asociația MATKA, Tudor Grecu, Ioana Ulmeanu, Anca Mihuleț Kim, Liviana Dan, Geir Haraldseth, Anne Szefer-Karlsen, Tominga O’Donnell, Erika Olea, Maria Farcaș, Cătălin Matei, Valentin Garcia, Raluca Bibiri, Radu Cioată, Daniela Calciu, Pufi, Ruxandra Demetrescu, Matei Demetrescu, Iris Opriș (MNAC), Gabriela Popp (MNAC) / Echipa tehnică MNAC: Mirel Dumitrașcu, Nelu Radu, Ion Zegheanu, Cristi Enache, Paul Sandu, Florin Memet, Adrian Stoian