[oberlist] SK* CHIOȘC/KIOSK exhibition @ Galéria HIT, Bratislava, April 17 - May 10, 2013
vladimir at oberliht.org.md
Tue Apr 16 09:35:58 CEST 2013
Ștefan RUSU, Flat Space – model, 2008
Galéria HIT, Bratislava
April 17 – May 10, 2013
April 17, 2013, 6pm – opening
Eternal Play 2012, a film by Paula DURINOVA – screening
April 17, 2013, 8pm
participants: AREA Chicago, Aliona BALAN and Alexandru LOZINSCHI,
Nataša BODROŽIĆ, Maxim CUZMENCO, Paula DURINOVA, Michal HOLY, Tonka
MALEKOVIĆ and Ion FISTICANU, Ștefan RUSU, Jarek SEDLAK, Spălătorie
Theatre, Gruppo Tökmag, Vadim ȚÎGANAȘ, Vladimir US.
curator: Vladimir US
Diana AROSIO, Ivy. Plastic Garden, installation, 2010
CHIOȘC/KIOSK project articulates and expresses the need for
alternative cultural infrastructure to be created in Chisinau – a
city where the cultural life is still dominated by institutions
established during the Soviet period – as a model for sharing,
education, production and presentation of socially engaged artistic
Jarek SEDLAK, Power to Flowers, installation, 2011
The exhibition presented in HIT takes form of a furnished flat, thus
making reference to the FLAT SPACE – a functional replica of a
socialist apartment designed by Stefan Rusu and commissioned to
represent the identity of KIOSK/CHIOȘC project. In its turn, the FLAT
SPACE was conceived as a response to the existing self-sufficient and
closed system of cultural institutions that is continuously supported
by the Moldovan state within an outdated cultural policy framework.
The other important reference that FLAT SPACE has is the phenomenon of
the apartment exhibitions that took place in the mid of 70s, in bigger
cities in USSR like Leningrad, Moscow or Odessa, organized by artists
whose works got censored or banned from being exhibited in the
official exhibition halls.
Today, many years later, FLAT SPACE can still be read as an apartment
exhibition space due to the lack of support that contemporary art and
culture receive from the authorities of the recently-born independent
Moldovan state, thus being marginalized and reduced to an invisible
In the course of 2009-2012 KIOSK/CHIOȘC project supported artists,
architects, curators and activists to project new functions and
sometimes add a different significance to the inherited social (in the
past controlled by the Soviet state) space, by extending the limits of
what could become later a public space and by inviting new actors to
step in, thus opening the process of city planning and space
distribution to other previously excluded social groups.
The current exhibition presents the works created by local and invited
in the frame of KIOSK/CHIOȘC artist in residency program participants.
By making use of abandoned, underused or mono-functional public spaces
the artists along with Chișinău inhabitants, open new spaces of
dialogue and critical reflection, and observation of the recent public
space transformations, questioning in the same time the established
order and the existing regulations along with the authority that
The outcomes of these interventions and the reactions to them should
encourage us to rethink the role that art could play and the artist
could have when working in and with the public domain, regaining and
opening new space of interaction in a landscape dominated by private
political and economic interests.
CHIOSC | curator
Proiectul CHIOSC este realizat cu suportul financiar al Fundatiei
Culturale Europene http://www.eurocult.org
Moldova Young Artists Association "Oberliht"
tel/fax: + (373 22) 286317
email: vladimir at oberliht.org.md
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