H.ARTA (visual arts group from Timisoara, Romania)

9th June 2006

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Friday 9 June 2006, 19.00-21.00, The Romanian Cultural Centre, 8th floor, 54-62 Regent Street, London W1B 5RE; Tel. 020 7439 4052, ext 102; e-mail: bookings@romanianculturalcentre.org.uk Click here to see images from this event. "H.arta group was founded in 2001 by Maria Crista, Anca Gyemant and Rodica Tache. Appeared as a reaction to the traditionalist system in contemporary Romanian art, H.arta group manifested itself until now on two stages: on the one hand, organizing exhibitions, meetings, discussions, workshops at the H.arta gallery, founded as an independent space still in 2001, in Timisoara, and, on the other hand, initiating a series of projects outside the gallery, for which most of the times the three artists ask the involvement of other artists or students, from Timisoara but not only. Situated often at the border between artistic and curatorial, the H.arta projects promote dialogue, participation and critical attitude, bringing art mediation to the foreground, as an important part of cultural production. Among the projects realized by H.arta there are: "How did you decide to become an artist?" (Iaspis, 2005), 'Painting our way through culture' (Prague Biennale 2, 2005), 'Brend' (H.arta gallery, 2004), 'What would you do in my place in Vienna?' (Museums Quartier, 2003). For the presentation at the Romanian Cultural Centre H.arta will talk about their participation at the Periferic Biennale 7 in Iasi, Romania, curators Marius Babias and Angelika Nollert, opening on the 12th of May 2006. At the City University in London, on the 12th of June, H.arta will present another one of their projects, 'Usually I do this', where they invited a few artists from Timisoara to present the jobs they do for a living." (Raluca Voinea) "Our work as H.arta group is about solidarity against the problems of the Romanian art system. It is about friendship and trust. And it is about hope to understand our context and to have a right, constructive reaction to it. Our main group work is running H.arta space, but we are also doing other projects as a group, projects talking about the experience of working together, about the people we meet, about finding energy and ways to make things possible." (H.arta) This presentation is part of the CULTURE POWER program which is initiated by the Ratiu Foundation UK. The program consists of a series of seminars focused around a presentation followed by a constructive dialogue with an invited audience. ImageOrganised by The Ratiu Foundation UK Details on www.ratiufamilyfoundation.com