[oberlist] SK* CHIOȘC/KIOSK exhibition @ Galéria HIT, Bratislava, April 17 - May 10, 2013

Vladimir US vladimir at oberliht.org.md
Tue Apr 16 09:35:58 CEST 2013

Ștefan RUSU, Flat Space – model, 2008


CHIOȘC/KIOSK exhibition
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by the Moldovan state within an outdated cultural policy framework.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  
maintains them.

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.

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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