PART I, 2012
This is a video made in collaboration with Roma and Romanian children in a village in Sibiu county, Romania. After reading "Momo" by Michael Ende to them (and after having spent time together over a summer), we embarked on a spontanous filmed theater play about princes, princesses and wizards. Video made for "Chelen Amenca" project in 2012. Shown at the Bruckenthal Museum in Sibiu (2012) and part of the "Good Girls" exhibition at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest (2013).
Maan Menelu, 2009
This is a video made in Paris, France, during a residency at the Romanian Cultural Insititute. It consists of the artist performing daily activities in the "city of love" while reciting "Manele", Romanian-Romani pop songs, usually about heart ache and sorrow. Manele are usually not very popular among "elite" citizens. Video shown at the International Centre for Contemporary Art, CIAC, Bucharest (2009) and the 5th Video Art Biennial in Tel Aviv, Israel (2010).
5+20 (WORDS), 2006
This a sound and text only piece made as an introduction to a theater play and consisting only of the presentation of its (im)possible characters. Video made as a response to the new situation of living in the United States of America for a class at the School of the Institute of Chicago. Many thanks to Marcellino Stuhmer.
The sounds are taken from BBC recordings of domestic environments, farm machinery and other everyday sounds used in a theatrical way. Video shown at the "Broken English and the Missing Piece Film Festival" in Goteborg, Sweden (2008), among other venues.
The "Mamaia/Grandmother" Project, 2004-2005
"Nice Day" video and "Three Shots Stories" photograph series shot at my grandparents' farm in rural Romania, near Bucharest. It was first shown at the Postgraduate Thesis exhibition at Goldsmiths College, London in 2005. Shown within "Offset" exhibition at Plan B Gallery, Cluj and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania (2005) among other venues.
"Territory of Fear" Project, 2002-2004
The Territory of Fear video documents the slaughter of lambs for Easter, a contemporary ritual that symbolically repeats, via the sacrificial lamb, the (self)sacrificing of Jesus. As I had been familiar with this very violent, but not very well known – in all its visceral details – custom, I documented several such Easter time slaughters in a village near Bucharest, where my grandparents had lived all their lives. Video showed at UNA Gallery, Bucharest, Mogosoaia Palaces, Ilfov County, Romania (2003), Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, USA (2008), Oberliht, Moldova (2010) and Aiurart Gallery, Bucharest (2014).