Mădălin Mărienuț, photographer and lecturer, PhD, at the Faculty of Arts and Design of the West University of Timișoara, presents the photography exhibition ”Wounded Light” at the Gallery of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Vienna. The exhibition is made up of 25 photographs which present the actual image of the industry in Jiul Valley, the result of the photographic documentation of the area in the period 2020-2021. In the context of the opening of the exhibition, on the 20th of January, 19.00, the project will be presented in English by the artist photographer Mădălin Mărienuț, together with the documentary photographer Ciprian Hord. The homonym photography album will be presented, for which the Preface was written by Dr. Florin Oprescu, lecturer at the Institute for Romanistics, University of Vienna, English translation by Luca Mixich. The project is organised by the Romanian Cultural Institute in Vienna in partnership with the Romanian Embassy in the Republic of Austria and the West University of Timișoara and celebrates the Day of Romanian National Culture.
In order to participate in the opening of the exhibition, please confirm your presence at the email address email@example.com till 18.01.2022. A 2G certificate is also necessary: proof of vaccination or recovery.
”Using the means of plastic expression, the photographic exhibition ”Wounded Light” intends to transmit more than information on the existent situation, mainly an invitation launched for the spectator to better understand the reality in the Jiul Valley. If the human eye has the capacity to adapt quickly to the rapid change of the light conditions, the camera does not have this possibility without the intervention of the photographer. Through the used technique, the series of photographs, (which will also be presented in an album) proposes a connexion between the subterranean world, animated by the few miners who are still working in the underground and the exterior world they come into contact with when they get out of the mine. The series describes the geographical area of the old mines, most of them closed: the smoke horn of almost 220 meters in Lupeni, the statues of the two Stahanovist miners in Uricani, kilometres of abandoned concrete, but also locations such as the football stadium Jiul Petroșani, which once abounded in spectators. ” (Mădălin Mărienuț)
The exhibition ”Wounded Light” will be open to the public during 20th of January – 25th of February 2022, from Monday till Friday, between 10.00 – 16.00. Entrance is free. In the first stage of the project, the exhibition was presented at the Institute for Romanistics of the University of Vienna during 20th of October – 30th of December.
Mădălin MĂRIENUȚ is photographer and lecturer at the Faculty of Arts and Design at the West University of Timișoara, where he teaches Photography courses. Between 2013-2016 he followed PhD studies at the Faculty of Arts and Design at the West University of Timișoara, being awarded the title of Doctor in Visual Arts in 2017 with the study ”Intimacy as Spectacle in Visual Arts”
Starting with 2007, he exhibited works in over 20 national collective exhibitions (Arad, Oradea, Timișoara, Craiova, Bucharest) and international ones (Serbia, Ucraine, Hungary, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Turkey). In 2012 he had his first personal exhibition, TAG ME, in Arad, followed by INDIgenous in 2013 in Timișoara (Calpe Gallery) and Bucharest (Museum of the Romanian Peasant). In 2015 he presented the exhibition „Fotografia-document nostalgic / Photography - nostalgic document” at Teba – CityZenit Gallery Arad. In 2017 he participated in the exhibition „Surveillance Society” in Athens, at Void Gallery, followed in 2018 by the exhibition „Athens” at the same gallery. In 2019 he had his personal exhibition at RCI Vienna within the launching of the book „Morfologiile puterii / The Morphologies of Power” by Florin Oprescu.
Part of the project ”Wounded Light” was exposed for the first time in October – November 2020 in Athens as part of the collective exhibition ”Balkans Today. The present of a wounded landscape”.