The pluralization of the public sphere. Art exhibitions in Romania between 1968 and 1989

The pluralization of the public sphere. Art exhibitions in Romania between 1968 and 1989

The project analyzes unofficial, alternative, subversive or, generically, experimental art in Romania during the Ceaușescu regime, from the vantage point of the institutional frameworks, representation politics and micro-communities of artistic production.These practices concur to constitute what has been recently labeled as ”the second public sphere”.

Research Project:
The pluralization of the public sphere. Art exhibitions in Romania between 1968 and 1989.

Timeframe: October 1, 2015 - September 30, 2016

Research Team:

Project manager: Cristian Nae, Conferentiar universitar dr., Universitatea de Arte George Enescu din Iași Postdoctoral researcher: Daria Ghiu Ph.D. Student: Veda Popovici (Universitatea Nationala de Arte Bucuresti) Ph.D. Student: Madalina Brasoveanu (Universitatea Nationala de Arte Bucuresti)


The project analyzes unofficial, alternative, subversive or, generically, experimental art in Romania during the Ceaușescu regime, from the vantage point of the institutional frameworks, representation politics and micro-communities of artistic production.These practices concur to constitute what has been recently labeled as ”the second public sphere”. We are dealing with those artistic practices taking place in informal spaces or subversively introduced within the existing art systems, being exhibited for or understood only by a narrow circle of friends. The main goal of the project is to document and analyze in a contextual and comparative manner the most significant artistic events that were influential in shaping experimental art practices in Romania between 1968 and 1989, and to undermine the rigid distinction between official and unofficial art, in order to construct a selective history of art exhibitions in communist Romania. Particularly, by employing deconstruction theory, discourse analysis and micro-history, in the framework of spatial art history, the project aims to further clarify the relation between informal and official institutional artistic systems, focusing on the ideological mechanisms that are materialized or countered, on transnational relations, as well as on the concrete ways in which these exhibitions and the multiple actors engaged in their production contribute to the social construction of a pluralistic public sphere during late socialism.

Project financed by: UEFISCDI
Project's Code: PN-II-RU-TE-2014-4-2194
Contract no: 1/1.10.2015

Source: 
http://www.nec.ro/research-programs/uefiscdi-cncs/te-projects/current/exhibitions