Maia Stefana Oprea

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Zăercs buried at 2 Mai

[EN] The video Zăercs buried at 2 mai was shown in 2018 in the group event “Mills and Treasures” which took place at the National Literature Museum of Bucharest, as well as inside the installation “In-Trigâ Tent”, in my solo show “Nests” at Mogoșoaia Palaces.

The performance of burying Zăercs is a way to do a kind of mourning, to bury my regrets, to seek the innocence of the possibility to know the past again, it is perhaps the incredible hope that the Zăercs will not be taken by the waves and I will be able to dug them over years and years and rebuild them. That’s what I told my daughter, who was born two months after this video.

The Zăercs are dismantlings suggesting body fragments (legs, arms), they are very similar but without individuality and lacking a declared identity. Presently, the zăercs are a recurrence in my artistic path, in the form of drawings, objects, sculptures, paintings, photographs, performances, video, etc., as elements subject to degradation and reparation, disappearance and restoration.

[RO] Videoul Zercși îngropați la 2 mai a fost prezentat în 2018 în cadrul evenimentului de grup “Mori și comori” care a avut loc la Muzeul Național de Literatură din București, precum și în interiorul instalației “In-Trigà Tent”, în expoziția mea personală la Palatele Mogoșoaia.

 Performanceul de îngropare a zercșilor este un fel de a-mi face doliul, de a-mi îngropa regretele, de a căuta inocența posibilității de a cunoaște din nou trecutul, este poate speranța incredibilă că zercșii nu vor fi luați de valuri și îi voi putea dezgropa peste ani și ani, pentru a îi reclădi. Căci așa i-am povestit fiicei mele, care s-a născut la două luni după această filmare. 

Zercșii sunt dezmembrări sugerând fragmente de corp ( picioare, brațe), ei fiind foarte asemănători, dar fără individualitate și neavând o identitate declarată. În prezent, zercșii sunt o recurență în parcursul meu artistic, ei apărând sub forma unor desene, ‘obiecte de activat’, sculpturi, în picturi, fotografii, performance, video, etc., ca elemente supuse degradării și reparației, dispariției și refacerii.


DEVIS GREBU in the opening of AFTER ZĂERCS exhibition

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Master Devis Grebu honoured me greatly by opening my exhibition AFTER ZĂERCS @Signum Gallery in Bucharest:

EN: … she is a sort of locomotive, a locomotive that doesn’t crush the truck or the barriers when they meet, but who simply — I would say– plants flowers behind. She is multiple, has no limits, has this curiosity of the genius to insert, to intervene in all areas, in all matters … and succeeds, and does them very well, in my opinion even better: out of the ordinary. I am so happy for her evolution. It was 11 years ago that we met for the first time. (…) This exhibition is a more special exhibition, since it also has its humor, having been started out of a language problem …… ever since her childhood.

She uses many different materials here, which she either combines or suggests. In the paintings that she does with oil or acrylic on canvas she still suggests combinations of diverse materials. I do not think that one can define her, figurative, surrealist, abstract? I look at her paintings and they could be abstract, but also surrealist or figurative. Because you discover – if you want — in each of the paintings elements that are specific to these categories. I think this is actually a quality. Better yet, not to be integrated under a specific dome. Neither I, in what I do, I don’t think that I could fall under a certain (…) and maybe I an subjective because I see in her the same ambitions, the same desires.

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AFTER ZĂERCS exhibition 2014 / DUPĂ ZERCȘI expoziție 2014 @ SIGNUM GALLERY

AFTER ZAERCS exhibition 2014 @Signum Gallery, Bucharest

AFTER ZAERCS exhibition 2014 @Signum Gallery, Bucharest

Organiser: SIGNUM Gallery, under the patronage of the Bucharest Academy of Economical Studies


 Master DEVIS GREBU honoured us by accepting the invitation to speak at the opening of the exhibition Continue reading