Fabio Andrea Sajiz
Florin Tudor & Mona
Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor
'Il Mondo Nuovo', Ljubljana 2005
Curator: Michnea Mircan
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest
'Il Mondo Nuovo'
'Il Mondo Nuovo' re-stages a mysterious painting by Giandomenico Tiepolo, in
which the characters turn their back to the viewer, engrossed in contemplating
to which the viewer has no access. Mona and Florin reproduced the scene in
a filmed performance acted by artists and curators from Ljubljana, who silently
study an empty wall in Hribar Gallery. The Ljubljana performance is the second
episode of a project the artists started in Innsbruck, where they invited architects
to contemplate an empty construction site, from which the new world and the
of architecture would emerge - an architectural object that does not de-nature
the landscape and that appeases all tensions engendered by communal living.
The actors in the anticipated discovery stand at the threshold between two
("architecture is the new world since there is no more land to discover and
people are constantly re-processing their cities", the artists say), somehow
the utopian component that architecture unmistakably contains.
In Ljubljana, the performance resonates quite differently and suggests taking
the space into possession, extending the reach of contemporary art, with its
debates and dilemmas, into the citadel.
Excerpts from the curator's text
In 'The Rain', Florin sits under a heavy outpouring of rain, attempting
to sketch from memory the (communist) block in which he and Mona live,
with the rain of course washing away the ink and destroying the paper.
The work is based on La Pluie (Projet pour un texte), by Marcel Broodthaers,
an artist who used cinema as a device of simultaneous inscription and
erasure. The displaced quote functions like a subtle comment on communist
architecture, whose unhinged seriality and infinite suburbs flout the
organization of memory. The installation is completed by drawings from
memory of blocks from Bucharest, made in Ljubljana.