On Friday, 17.01.2020 and Saturday, 18.01.2020, we are delighted to announce the premiere of “MONUMENT 0.8: Manifestations” at Kaaitheater in the context of Europalia Romania. With a collage of feminist voices, artistic gestures, historical avant-garde, and traditional songs, Eszter Salamon focuses on Romanian histories.
MONUMENT 0.8: Manifestations is a performative, visual and sound collage that animates an emancipatory space by interweaving traces of the Romanian history of feminism, artistic gestures and female perspectives in the history of painting and traditional music. This choral performance destabilizes not only dominant views on history, but also borders that were built to separate artistic expressions, cultures, nations and identities. As the piece carves out a trans-historical and trans-disciplinary space of memory, a new ecology of relationality appears through a hybrid fabric of political and choreographic movements, creating a new poetic matrix.
Performance art has always sought to unite art and life. How and why is it important to address the marginalized history of feminism in the Romanian and Eastern European context – on the periphery of our collective historical consciousness?
Eszter Salamon is a Hungarian choreographer, artist, and performer who lives and works in Berlin, Paris, and Brussels. Salamon uses choreography to build bridges between media such as image, sound, music, text, voice, and bodily movements. Her creations are often based on particular issues such as hidden power structures sustaining the hierarchical systems of artistic and educational economies of productions. Another field of investigation in Salamon’s work is the relationship between voice, language and movement. Her work has been presented at museums including Centre Pompidou (FR) and MoMA (USA), and events like Holland Festival.
concept, choreography & artistic direction Eszter Salamon | developed with and performed by Salka Ardal Rosengren, Madalina Dan, Flavia Giurgiu, Ayşe Orhon, Judith State | artistic assistant Liza Baliasnaja, Christine de Smedt | stage design Marilena Preda Sanc | digital processing Mateias Bogdan | lights Sylvie Garot | technical direction Sylvie Garot, Rima Ben Brahim | costume design Cristina Barbu | vocal coach Elena Gheorghe | production Studio E.S. / Elodie Perrin, WASP Studios | commissioned by EUROPALIA ROMANIA (Brussels), Andreea Capitanescu (curator) | co-produced by Kaaitheater, EUROPALIA ROMANIA, Romanian Cultural Institute | supported by 4Culture Association, Life Long Burning/Creative Europe Programme of The European Union | cultural project co-financed by The Administration of the National Cultural Fund | special thanks to Lia Perjovschi for her drawing and research «Romanian feminism», Olivia Nitis, Oana Baluta, Valentina Iancu, Maria Balabas, The Balassi Institut Bucharest | Studio E.S. is supported by the Drac Île-de-France.
Cosmin Nasui (BA-es in History of Art and Visual Arts&Design) has worked as art historian, curator, art critic, gallerist, cultural journalist, cultural manager for the last 20 years.//Cosmin Nasui este curator, istoric și critic de artă, manager cultural, evaluator acreditat de artă contemporană, evaluator de proiecte culturale. Este fondator al celei mai largi platforme online românești pentru susținerea și promovarea artei contemporane românești www.modernism.ro. Este managing partner la Nasui collection & archives (www.cosminnasui.com) și curator la platforma muzeală privată PostModernism Museum (www.postmodernism.ro). Este autor de cărți de sinteză, monografii și studii de istoria artelor.
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