October 17 – November 30, 2009
The Ratiu Foundation / Romanian Cultural Centre
Manchester Square, 18 Fitzhardinge Street, London W1H 6EQ; Tel. 0207486 0295
Opening times: Mon – Fri / 12.00 – 18.00. Admission free
(booking essential, by phone or e-mail at [email protected] lturalcentre. org.uk)
Shown as a cinematic collection of photograms displayed panoramically, the `360-degree room drawings’ project consists of a special scenography which aims to affect the relationship contemporary humans have with time-turned- history and with symbolic gestures which consistently reclaim their significance. Present-day Romanian thirty-year- olds, who spent their childhood at the apex of communism (many living in apartment blocks taller than 10 floors), had the habit of playing “inside the staircase”. This was the common place of a more or less coerced communion. They jumped down the stairs, progressively increasing the number of steps, ascending and descending until exhaustion. The gesture, besides the personal ambitions of competition, constantly regenerated the children’s relation to the initially dull space. Its transformation into an unofficial playground enabled, or rather tried to enable, the stairwell’s ludic function. It was, ultimately, a subversive gesture, frowned upon by the elderly, unequalled in message by its ludic content and unsanctioned because of the “innocence” of young age. (Text by Raymond Bobar)
RALUCA POPA (born in 1979) lives and works in Bucharest, Romania. She has a BA degree in Graphic Arts from the University of Art & Design, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (1999 – 2003) and a MA degree in Fine Arts from the same university(2003 – 2005). Additional studies include a three-month scholarship at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Castilla-la Mancha (Cuenca, Spain) in 2002, workshops at École Régionale des Beaux-Arts de Nantes (France) in 2001, and at the Gallery of Miskolc (Hungary) in 2004. Since 2004 she works as an art director and illustrator at DSG (Bucharest), a visual effects and animation studio.
View some of the drawings here.