[oberlist] PL* evnt/expo: CHIOȘC / KIOSK, exhibition at Rondo Sztuki Galeria + in Katowice, Poland

Vladimir US vladimir at oberliht.org.md
Thu Dec 15 05:41:04 CET 2011


exhibition with participating artists:
Tonka Maleković [HR] & Ion Fisticanu [MD], Pawel Mendrek [PL] and Ewa  
Zasada [PL], Krystyna Nikiel [PL], Łukasz Obałek [PL], Jarek Sedlak  
[CZ], Bartek Skrzyczek [PL], Lesław Tetla [PL], Vladimir Us [MD],  
Kasia Wolny [PL], Joanna Zdzienicka [PL]

curators: Leslaw Tetla [PL], Vladimir Us [MD]


Rondo Sztuki Galeria +
opening: December 15, 2011, 18:00
address: Rondo im. Gen. Jerzego Ziętka 1, Katowice, Poland
program: 15/12/2011 – 05/01/2012
Tue-Fri: 11:00 – 19:00
Sat-Sun: 10:00 – 18:00
contact: + 48 32 720 11 32

free entrance

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Wystawa Chiosc / Kiosk to rezultat współpracy Pracowni Działań  
Interdyscyplinarnych Akademii Sztuk Pięknych w Katowicach z kuratorem  
i dyrektorem Stowarzyszenia Artystycznego Oberliht z Kiszyniowa,  
Vladimirem Us. Tytułowy kiosk to struktura architektoniczna, obiekt  
inspirowany standardowym mieszkaniem Mołdawskiej SRR. Wobec  
niemożności oficjalnego, publicznego prezentowania sztuki tzw.  
podziemia, w latach 70. i 80. popularne stało się “wystawianie” w  
prywatnych mieszkaniach. Dzisiaj, moduł ten wyjęty z kontekstu  
osiedla, bloku przez artystę Stefana Rusu i umieszczony na jednym z  
placów w Kiszynowie- stolicy Republiki Mołdawii w sposób symboliczny  
przenosi dyskusję z mieszkania w przestrzeń publiczną. Jako otwarta  
galeria jest miejscem animowania i prezentowania projektów  
artystycznych, punktem dystrybucji informacji kulturalnej, platformą  
do spotkania i rozmowy. Na wystawie zaprezentowanych będzie kilka  
projektów powstałych dla i wokół Chiosku.

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CHIOSC / KIOSK exhibition is the result of collaboration between  
Interdisciplinary Actions Studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in  
Katowice with the curator and president of Young Artists Association  
Oberliht from Chisinau, Vladimir Us. The eponymous “FLAT SPACE” is  
an architectural structure inspired by the standard flat in Moldavian  
SSR. Given the impossibility of open, public exhibition of the  
artistic underground, in the 1970s and 80s it became popular to host  
art exhibitions in private homes. Today, this module is removed from  
the context of block of flats and housing estate by the artist Stefan  
Rusu and placed on one of the squares in the Moldovan capital  
Chisinau, thus symbolically taking the discussion from the flat into  
public space. As an open gallery, it is a place for animating and  
presenting artistic projects, cultural information point and a  
platform for meetings and talks. The exhibition will present several  
projects created for and around FLAT SPACE.



At a time when FLAT SPACE existed only as a file in the drawers of the  
city administration, the activities anticipating the KIOSK project  
were already taking place. INTERVENTIONS2 (2007) – consisting of a  
series of exploratory walks through the city as a means of  
documenting, with the help of photography, places of power and  
control, processes of gentrification, the invisible and left over  
spaces or non-places – was followed, in 2008, by INTERVENTIONS3, a  
new edition which involved more than thirty participants from several  
European countries who were invited to reflect on the processes that  
have been shaping Chisinau’s public space. This particular activity,  
organized as an artist-in-residency program and consisting of walking  
tours, public presentations, screenings and other events, resulted in  
a series of ephemeral interventions throughout Chisinau and its  
suburbs, transforming the city into a plateau for research, a space  
for production and exhibition, where the artists could meet and  
interact with the public.
The general concern with the public space issue enhancing both  
projects’ objectives and the need to influence the existing public  
policies and local authorities to extend the access to public space  
and allow its less restricted usage have prepared the ground for a  
more permanent structure to be installed in the city (excerpt from  
KIOSK catalogue, Chisinau 2011).

cultural information point / public platform for participation

When several years ago artists and theorists began to deal with the  
influence of the quickly spreading capitalism that was paving the way  
for holders of private property, and analyze its consequences within  
the urban (post-socialist) space, in some cases the kiosk was seen as  
the man in the street’s answer to the radical economic changes taking  
place in Eastern Europe. Small-scale private enterprise markets taking  
various forms (kiosks, vendor tables, stools, fridges, cars etc.)  
invaded the streets and public spaces, becoming the arena for a new  
citizen-driven economic model within the regulated capitalist  

In 2009 another type of kiosk was launched in Chisinau, aiming to  
provide an alternative within a cultural sector dominated by  
institutions inherited from the Communist period: the KIOSK project,  
embodied in FLAT SPACE, a cultural information point and a platform  
for public participation initiated by the Oberliht association.  
Installed on a tiny segment of municipal ground, squeezed in between  
cars aggressively taking over the sidewalks, FLAT SPACE plays the role  
of an active agent of bottom-up civic involvement, understanding  
cultural engagement as social action capable of producing a critical  
culture. The activities built around it address, in its immediate  
surroundings, the urgent question of public space. In a broader way  
the project offers the basis for the analysis of the cultural, social  
and political realities of one of Europe’s suburbs (excerpt from  
KIOSK catalogue, Chisinau 2011).


Tonka Maleković [HR] and Ion Fisticanu [MD]
Between 4 and 12 of July 2009, Croatian artist Tonka Maleković took  
part as artist in residency in the frame of KIOSK project, in  
Chisinau, initiated by Oberliht, young artists association. For this  
occasion she developed a project POSSIBILITY OF THE CITY in  
collaboration with Moldovan artist Ion Fisticanu.

Influenced by the artwork of Ion Fisticanu (“Cities on the roof of my  
house / INTERVENTIONS3, 2008”), Tonka Maleković connected his idea  
with her own preoccupations about how to develop relationship with the  
public space through the play, imagination and improvisation, in  
direct participation. Therefore, she proposed Ion collaboration,  
expanding the frame of the original work by positioning it within the  
wider concept and inviting more people to join in. The idea was  
simple: to walk, to observe, to play, to construct improvised  
constellations representing cities using the materials found on the  
spot, on various locations all over the city of Chisinau.
Rethinking the public space and one’s relation towards it, very often  
makes the basis of the work of Tonka Maleković. Possibility of the  
City project continues along this line. On metaphorical level it  
speaks about the city as a possibility, and its citizens as creators  
of the new urban realities. (excerpt from Oberliht Supplement | SoE,  
July 2009).

Pawel Mendrek [PL] and Ewa Zasada [PL]

“Reconstruction of a construction. Critical reconstruction.  
(Re)construction for now.”

The project by Ewa and Paweł reconstructs a fragment of a dilapidated  
fountain in Chisinau (the location is not without significance), which  
will dissolve with time and again reveal a certain lack. The form made  
of soap reconstructs the missing part not so much provisionally as  
temporarily. It fills a gap in the form – not just an aesthetic  
object, but on the symbolic level – in the system it represents.
Persistence of systems, all of which have a touch of utopia  
“eroded” with time by the rapid current of life, proves momentary.  
In the words of Zygmunt Bauman, u-via replaces u-topia, and the  
temporality of the proposed reconstruction is “the collapse of long- 
term thinking”, by Małgorzata Szandała

Krystyna Nikiel [PL]
More than the object itself, what interested me was the place where it  
is located. I began an intense “exploration” of Moldova, recording  
this process in photography and pencil. These activities lead me to  
the home of Ms Nona who comes from Moldova. However, I had a long and  
surprising journey before I got there.

Łukasz Obałek [PL]
I am showing the FLAT SPACE model fully covered in mirrors – it is my  
response to being asked for a comment on the reality of Moldova. I am  
aware that any artistic expression of the living conditions in an  
unfamiliar place can be easily interpreted as empty demagogy. Snatches  
of information from many different sources are hardly sufficient to  
form an opinion of the situation in a foreign country. What  
information reaches us, creates an image of a country in the period of  
political and mental transformation, with typical accompanying  
problems. Currently, mostly due to the development of the Internet,  
the changes are becoming faster and generate new expectations. For me  
this is the source of the manual interface of these ambitions that  
The mirrored object in one of the squares in Chisinau will by itself  
comment on the surroundings.

Jarek Sedlak [CZ]
… 500 flowers in a real fight against 20 cars at least
… searching for bits of sensitivity for public space in drivers’  
… bring your own flowers and plant them at Bucuresti 68 str. in  
During his residency in Chisinau, in collaboration with Oberliht  
Association, Jarek Sedlak has produced a work composed of 500 flowers  
that were planted on the square from Bucuresti str. 68, restricting  
this way the transport circulation on the square and keeping it free  
of cars during one day. This allowed the ordinary users of the square  
to project their own ideas for the suddenly free place, making space  
for imagination and play.

Bartek Skrzyczek [PL]
My project on the socio-political situation in Moldova takes the form  
of game simulation. Black background with military symbols (tanks,  
grenades, guns) sized 440 × 280 cm has been divided by dotted lines  
into 40 × 40 cm squares. There is interaction on the board: each  
wallpaper square corresponds to one Moldovan ornament.
As an individual I have no way of changing world politics. Actually, I  
have little influence even on my immediate surroundings. The  
possibility of change is just a wish. I would like any person to be  
able to decide their fate, shape and creatively criticize reality. The  
awareness of potential change is in itself a change.

Lesław Tetla [PL]
The project “…” is connected with resident lists/intercoms  
located at the entrances to blocks of flats. Due to personal data  
protection regulations, residents choose if they want to make their  
names public or not. As a result of their decision to remain  
anonymous, many lists are composed mostly of empty spaces with flat  
numbers. While documenting intercoms at housing estates in many cities  
I came across a meaningful example. On a long list with just flat  
numbers there was only one name – J. Nowak. As it is the most common  
name in Poland, it means just as much as another number. For my  
project I consulted the statistics of most common last names in Poland  
and Moldova.

Vladimir Us [MD]
Stefan cel Mare si Sfint Boulevard, which stands today for the main  
boulevard in Chisinau, is a research project through which I would  
like to reveal the names that this particular street had in the past,  
thus unveiling the past and present mechanisms that stay behind the  
process of writing the history. The name of Stefan cel Mare si Sfînt  
was attributed to this street in 1990, when Republic of Moldova became  
an independent state after the fall of the Soviet Union. In the  
process of research I found out that this particular street has  
changed its name at least seven times, changes that were operated  
under different regimes in the past.

Kasia Wolny [PL]
The idea behind „Large Panel” is to draw attention to details in  
blocks of flats built of prefabricated concrete panels, which usually  
go unseen by the residents accustomed to their presence and character.  
The interiors photographed were constructed in a way that defies  
craftsmanship and common sense. They create a dream-like and surreal  
atmosphere. Photographs arranged into imperfect collages filled with  
detail express the absurd nature of the spaces portrayed.

Joanna Zdzienicka [PL]
I am familiar with the activities of Oberliht Association and FLAT  
SPACE as public platform for participation from Chisinau mostly from  
stories. Moldova seems quite an exotic country to me. My works are  
directly inspired by the images that form my source of information  
about this place. One of them is the photograph of FLAT SPACE model,  
which functions as the unofficial logo of this space. Another is a  
newspaper photograph documenting the “Plastic Garden” action.  
Turning these images into paintings allows me to come in touch with  
the subject and familiarize the form in my own artistic language.


Wind Protest is initially an artistic intervention connected to the  
April 2009 events that took place in Chisinau. It was realized by  
Diana Arosio, Helen Brandt, Felix Reisbeck and Vladimir Us and was  
presented in the FLAT SPACE. The work itself makes reference to the  
freedom of expression and access to information. The public was  
invited to write their statements, opinions and feelings related to  
7th of April events down on a piece of cloth that were presented later  
publicly in the balcony of the FLAT SPACE. The intention of this work  
is to communicate differently, more effectively and without violence.
In 2011 inside the balcony at FLAT SPACE the works of 8 of March  
Public Action [MD], Campaign for supporting the GHOST Pavilion of  
Republic of Moldova [MD], Art Workers Coalition, 1969 [US], artistic  
groups focAR [RO] (Alina TUDOR and Razvan NEAGOE) and Monotremu [RO],  
artists Dan Perjovschi [RO], Janos Sugar [HU] were presented.

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Vladimir US

CHIOSC   |   curator


Proiectul CHIOSC este realizat cu suportul financiar al Fundatiei  
Culturale Europene http://www.eurocult.org

Moldova Young Artists Association "Oberliht"

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