Inima o am pe limbă / My heart sits on my tongue
13.03 - 17.04.2020
LILIANA BASARAB: My heart sits on my tongue
opening: Friday, 13 March 2020, 6 – 9 pm
exhibition open: 13.03 – 17.04.2020
Liliana Basarab uses ceramics knowing too well how this medium is associated with decorative arts and with an empirical, emotional way of working. Her objects are fragile without being precious and are strong precisely because they are manually crafted – sharp technique, no hesitations.
Pieces that could be considered as being feminine are displayed as cult objects and are unapologetically choosing the best exposure spot for themselves. Objects that could be read as masculine are dimensionally reduced, almost toy-like. Together, they form a nature in which anomalies go beyond a critique of patriarchy and manage to even – temporarily – suspend binarism itself. They do this while remaining weightless and genuine, humorously avoiding any traces of strain.
The material is a firm one, but shapes are flexible, full of life, cheerful. Sometimes they mingle with vegetal or animal parts which, to their despair, only make their stiffness more clear. Most of them laugh at us but secretly wish to come to life so that we can all laugh together, tongues at sight, hearts out in the open.
Liliana BASARAB (b. 1979) is a visual artist working in Bucharest, that started her career in Iași, in the early 2000s. Her art practice is socially engaged and often functions as a reflection on representation. She is interested in gender issues and works whithin various mediums like ceramics, sculpture, drawing, peformance, workshops, video.
Her works were shown in solo and group exhibitions like Ex-east – The past and present stories of the Romanian avant- garde, Oscar Niemeyer building, Paris, FR, Garage sale, Sandwich, RO and Beijing Konditorei, C5CNM Beijing, CN in 2019; Life a User's Manual, ArtEncounters Biennial, Timișoara, RO in 2017; Talent is not democratic, art is not luxury, Borderline Art Space (solo), Iași, RO in 2016; In times of hope and unrest. Critical art from Iași, Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest, RO (with Bogdan Pălie) in 2015. She took part in the first two editions of the Periferic Biennial in Iași, RO (2001 and 2003). Her work includes numerous artist residencies, screenings, performance and artist talks. www.lilianabasarab.com
This event is part of the Program “Sandwich Club 20-21”. A cultural program co-funded by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The program does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The AFCN is not responsible for the content of the program or the manner in which the results of the program may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the funding recipient.