Interview with Diana Marincu

Romania at the 56th edition of the International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia.


Author: Gabriela Mateescu
Published on: 31.03.2015

The project Inventing the truth/On fiction and reality was selected in the competition organized by the Ministry of Culture for representing Romania at the 56th edition of the International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition will take place at The New Gallery of the Romanian Institute for Culture and Research in Humanities in Venice.
Larisa Sitar, Sketch for diorama (part of the series And then one thing led to another...), 2014, collage, variable dimensions. Courtesy: the artist
Larisa Sitar, Sketch for diorama (part of the series And then one thing led to another…), 2014, collage, variable dimensions. Courtesy: the artist

Gabriela Mateescu: Congratulation on the selection of your project. We can say that this year Romania covers all the media. Can you please elaborate the subject of the exhibition Inventing the truth. On Fiction and Reality?

Diana Marincu : Thank you, I appreciate your interest in the exhibition and I hope we will see you at the opening, on the 8th of May.

The starting point of this exhibition was the interest I have noticed along the years in a new way of approaching the archive, as a flexible and unpredictable concept in contemporary Romanian art, and the use of history through the insertion of fiction in the process of interpretation. Of course, fiction, as an instrument for understanding the past, is not only a way of turning true facts into invented stories, it is not a lie. It is rather a convention standing for the need to see the invisible story, the anonymous and personal narrative, the “repressed other of historical discourse”, in the words of Michel de Certeau. This insertion of fiction in the “official” narrative I think opens up a new way of imagining possibilities and outcomes not only the past, but for the future as well. The second conceptual path that the visitors can take in the exhibition is the use of fiction in the everyday life relationship we build with the objects around us – the concepts used by Alex Mirutziu were very helpful in clarifying this – „bureaucratic objects” and „ontological design”. Our interaction with the silent objects is very relevant to the way we construct our identity and our physical development according to this relation. Alex’s research focuses a lot on an object-oriented philosophy and turns to the invisible effect that bodies in space have on each other – be they humans or objects. In the end, this exhibition should function as a relevant space in which we question both ourselves and the history of others – anonymous people, unknown objects, foreign places etc.

Michele Bressan, Present, 2014, object, 20 x 12 x 2 cm. Photo: Michele Bressan. Courtesy: the artist
Michele Bressan, Present, 2014, object, 20 x 12 x 2 cm. Photo: Michele Bressan. Courtesy: the artist

GM: How did you select the artists? I know you`ve worked with some of them from as far as the exhibition Pasaj at The National Museum of Contemporary Art – Anexa, third floor

DM: I have previously worked with all of them in different ways. It is true that with Michele Bressan, Lea Rasovszky and Larisa Sitar I had a recent collaboration in the form of the exhibition we did in May 2014, Pasaj (exhibition produced by Ephemair Association and opened on The White Night of the Galleries); but with the others I also had a professional relation derived from the fact that I wrote about their works and exhibitions. Whenever I write about an artist I try to meet him/her, get to know them more, understand their way of thinking and acting. I believe in this role of an involved art critic, not in a distanced one who analyzes what is out there in the exhibition without connecting what is seen with what is behind it, as part of the process of artistic creation or research.

The selection for this exhibition, Inventing the Truth. On Fiction and Reality, came naturally, having in mind the works I already knew from these six artists, works not yet made but about which I had already a clear idea (or about which I had conversations with the artists). I gave carte blanche to two of the artists, Lea Rasovszky and Alex Mirutziu. I always enjoy working in different ways according to the practice of each artist. I invited all of them to make proposals, to talk about their projects and I also left a bit of room for surprise.

Lea Rasovszky, Fluent in Isolation, 2015, sound and visual installation. Courtesy: the artist
Lea Rasovszky, Fluent in Isolation, 2015, sound and visual installation. Courtesy: the artist


GM: Can you tell me more about each of the individual works of the artists and how they connect to each other?

DM: The two main approaches of the theme in this exhibition can be summarized as follows: one of the conceptual lines of thought relates to a nonchalant and informal understanding of history, a hidden story than can be reformulated according to the intrusion of fiction in the process of interpretation. Fiction can be seen as a disturbing noise or as a prop that one can use to fill in the blanks. On the other hand, fiction is also an everyday instrument used to explore options for the reality in which we live in or the limited possibilities we are confronted with. But in this case fiction is not day dreaming, but rather a technique of grasping what is not so obviously delivered to us by reality. It is a way of relating to our everyday life in a poetic way, it makes you see the invisible…

Carmen Dobre, Consuming History, 2015, digital photograph, series of 12, 30.2 x 55.9 cm each, ultrachrome print on lightbox, edition of 5 + 2 ap. Courtesy: the artist
Carmen Dobre, Consuming History, 2015, digital photograph, series of 12, 30.2 x 55.9 cm each, ultrachrome print on lightbox, edition of 5 + 2 ap. Courtesy: the artist

The three artists I have developed the first research path, regarding historical narratives, are Carmen Dobre-Hametner, Ștefan Sava, and Larisa Sitar. Carmen’s photographic project is a very consistent research focused on many issues relating to reenactment as a strategy for understanding history and for bringing past facts in the proximity of the now, the present life. She discovered a very interesting site called The Soviet Bunker, in Vilnius, Lithuania, where tourists come to experience the trauma of communism. 

Art Paris Art Fair 2015

Author: ArtGuideEast
Published on: 22.03.2015

From 26th to 29th March 2015, Art Paris Art Fair brings together 145 galleries from some 20 countries at the Grand Palais. Headed by Guillaume Piens since 2012, the fair focusses on discovery and presents a wide panorama of modern and contemporary art. Art Paris Art Fair also shows design, photography and art books. The fair has undergone a profound renewal with some 50 % newcomers and galleries from abroad. Since 2012, a rigorous selection process and a multidisciplinary, dynamic approach to contemporary creation have resulted in a constant rise in the number of visitors to the fair.


With a strong international focus, the fair has positioned itself as a pioneer in the exploration of regions of the world whose artistic creation is seldom, if ever, shown in France. Art Paris Art Fair looks at a different geography of the art world that takes visitors off the beaten track to places like Casablanca, Zürich, Moscow, Bucharest or Singapore.

CEE galleries @ ART PARIS :
Kálmán Makláry Fine Arts (HU),
Duplex (BiH,FRA),
Allegra Nomad Gallery (RO),
VS Unio (RU)
Nadja Brykina Gallery (CH)


After Russia and China, Singapore and Southeast Asia are guests of honour for the 2015 edition. This platform is directed by Iola Lenzi, a curator, researcher and Southeast Asia specialist who curated the exhibition “The Roving Eye: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia,” shown at the ARTER Foundation in Istanbul (September 2014 to January 2015). Eight Singapore-based galleries including Art Plural Gallery, STPI, Chan Hampe Galleries, Element Art Space, Yeo Workshop, iPreciation, Intersections and Sundaram Tagore Gallery will demonstrate the diversity of talent from Cambodia, Burma, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand. A pro- gramme of talks and video screenings will complement this presentation of what is a little known but booming art scene.

The general sector will also include a number of galleries and artists from Southeast Asia Including Burma’s Aung Ko at Primo Marella, Vietnam’s Dinh Q. Le and Bui Cong Khanh at 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, and from the Philippines, Manuel Ocampo at Nathalie Obadia and Alfredo & Isabel Aquilizan at Hélène Bailly.

This year’s general sector has undergone deep changes with the arrival of modern art galleries such as Boisserée (Cologne), Luca Tommasi (Milan), Galerie Maeght(Paris), as well as others dealing in contemporary work such as Plutschow and Andrés Thalmann from Zürich, Flowers from London, Re- nate Bender and Tanit from Munich, Maria Lund from Paris and Istanbul’s Sanatorium and Krampf Gallery.

 Another novelty in 2015 is the record number of 35 solo shows: Atelier Van Lieshout (Carpenters Workshop Gallery), Thomas Agrinier (Galerie Estace) Henni Alftan (Galerie Claire Gastaud), Nicolas Alquin (Galerie Koralewski), NilufarBanisadr (55Bellechasse), Ruedi Bechtler (Galerie Ziegler), Fouad Bellamine (Galerie Frédéric Moisan) Léa Bénétou (Galerie Des Petits Carreaux), François Calvat (Galerie Pascal Vanhoecke),Aldo Chaparro (Spazio Nuovo), Paz Corona (Les Filles du Calvaire), Stéphane Crasneanscki (Ilan Engel Gal- lery), Gérard Fromanger (Galerie Caroline Smulders), Francesca Gagliardi (Galerie Géraldine Banier), Shaun Gladwell (Analix Forever), Herbert Hamak (Tanit), Ren Hang (Galerie Nicolas Hugo), Patrick Hughes (Flowers Gallery), Thomas Jorion (Galerie Insula), Hur Kyung-Ae (Kálmán Makláry Fine Arts), Jane Lee (Sundaram Tagore Gallery), Frank Maier (Ambacher Contemporary), Renato Mambor (Pierre Alain Challier), Yassine Mekhnache (Krampf Gallery), Mohamed Melehi (Loft Art Gallery), Ivan Messac (Galerie Baudoin Lebon), Radenko Milak (Duplex 100m2 & l’Agence à Paris),Paul Neagu (Allegra Nomad Gallery), Dawn Ng (Chan Hampe Gallery), Jean-Pierre Pincemin (Galerie Jacques Elbaz), Jean-Pierre Ruel (Galerie Espaces 54) Julio Rondo (Galerie Andreas Binder), Lyndi Sales (Galerie Maria Lund), Sam Szafran (Galerie Claude Bernard), Swoon (Galerie L.J.).


The Promises section, successfully introduced in 2013 as a way of promoting the discovery of new international talents, this year includes 12 galleries that are under five years old and are taking part in the fair for the first time. This is Art Paris Art Fair’s specific effort to help young French and international galleries become better known and reveal new talents. They include Podbielski (Berlin), Christopher Gerber (Lausanne), Heinzer Reszler (Lausanne), Jo van de Loo (Münich), TJ Boulting (London), Galerie ArchiRAAR (Brussels) and Rivière / Faiveley (Paris).

The ArtDesign section explores the relationship between design and contemporary art. Now in its fourth year, it brings together carefully selected galleries presenting unique or very limited edition pieces produced by contem- porary talents. JournalistÉlodie Palasse Leroux, design columnist, curator (50 Years of Singapore Design), founder of Sleek Design, is overseeing the 2015 selection that includes Nec Nilsson et Chiglien, School Gallery/ Olivier Castaing and Armel Soyer. In addition, Carpenters Workshop gallery in the general sector is taking part in the fair for the first time.

Art Books – Librairie L’Écume des pages : Art Paris Art Fair presents the section for art and artists’ books in cooperation with both the art and coffee table books section of French National Union of Publishers (SNE) presided by Pascale Le Thorel, and L’Écume des pages bookshop. Every hour for the duration of the fair, artists, authors and art historians will meet the public and sign their books. Special attention is devoted to the set design of the bookshop: signing room and presentation of artists’ works.


The “Springtime in Paris” VIP programme highlights the outstanding revival of the Parisian art scene, the new venues such as the “Appartement,” the Louis Vuitton Foundation with its inaugural exhibition The Keys of a Passion, the Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé Foundation and the Philharmonie de Paris. Also on show is the exhibition Pierre Bonnard at the Musée d’Orsay, Taryn Simon at the Jeu de Paume, Pieter Hugo at the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, Carmen Perrin at the Maison de l’Amérique Latine, Mathieu Briand and Jé- rôme Zonder at La Maison Rouge, Mark Lewis at Le Bal.

In March 2015 the art scenes of Singapore and Southeast Asia will have pride of place in the French capital with an exceptional series of events in key locations: at the Palais de Tokyo, the exhibition entitled Secret Archipelago (from 27th March to 18th May 2015) explores the regional art scene with Sin- gapore as a springboard.