The Romanian Cultural Institute in Vienna and the association Galeria Artep present on Aprilie 26, at 7 pm, a Curator Talk with Cristiana Ursache, the curator of the exhibition "Memento Vivere" by the Romanian artist Claudiu Ciobanu. The exhibition can be visited until April 26, 2023 at the ICR Vienna.
The exhibition MEMENTO VIVERE is a visual poem by Romanian artist Claudiu Ciobanu dedicated to the human and the intensity of life in a technology-occupied world.
“Posthumanism has transcended the boundaries of philosophy and is increasingly found in the visual arts in critical, utopian, provocative, or imaginative situations. Claudiu Ciobanu transforms the idea of communication from text to gesture and this is reflected in the only work in the exhibition with two figures - mother and daughter. Through the simple gesture of a motherly hug, the artist encapsulates a deep, ancestral communication that technology can never replace. Communicating through touch is what makes us want to live, to remember, to feel - memento vivere," explains the exhibition's curator, Cristiana Cause.
Cristiana Ursache is an art curator based in Iași, Romania. She is consistently connecting the dots between emerging artists and art historical thought. Her studies initially focused on a historical approach, later developing a predilection for contemporary art and Romanian artistic manifestations. She completed her undergraduate studies at the "George Enescu" University of Arts, Iași, specializing in History and Theory of Arts, and is currently attending the master's courses in Theories and Practices in Visual Arts at the same university. In the past, she attended courses at universities in Spain and Switzerland, at Escuela de Arte de Sevilla through the Erasmus+ Scholarship Program, and at Zurich University of the Arts. In the summer of 2022, she worked as a cultural mediator at the Romanian Pavilion in the 59th Edition of the Venice Biennale, and in the autumn, she coordinated the Cultural Mediator Program at ''Path in Transilvania'' by Ștefan Câlția, curated by Matei Câltia at The Garrison Chapel London. She curated solo and collective exhibitions for artists such as Ștefan Câlția, Sorin Ilfoveanu, Claudiu Ciobanu and young Romanian artists.
Claudiu Ciobanu belongs to the young generation of artists from Iași and is a graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design of the National Art University "George Enescu" in Iassy. He studied painting as part of the Erasmus program at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain, where he discovered experimental painting and drawing techniques. His studies in Spain ended with an exhibition project of drawings selected in 2009 for the exhibition Young Romanian Art 10, "Slightly bored" curated by Mircea Nicolae at the New Gallery of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Venice. He has participated in various national and international projects and has been exhibited in Israel, Washington, Berlin and Vienna.
ARTEP is a contemporary art gallery that opened in Iassy in December 2018, in a completely redesigned space to showcase the most important artists of the period. In the four years since its opening, the Artep Gallery has offered the Iassy audience an impressive lineup of visual artists such as Felix Aftene (2018, 2020), Ștefan Câlția (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022), Virgil Scripcariu (2019), Mark Verlan and Ghenadie Popescu (2020), Matei Bejenaru (2021), Nicu Ilfoveanu (2021), Claudiu Ciobanu (2022), Miruna Radovici (2022).