Cristina David

Cristina David

b. 1979, Romania
Lives and works in Bucharest

Cristina David’s artistic practice employs photography and video as main means of expression and documenting the artist’s personal and peculiar view on the world, herself and the passing of time. Her projects bring forth more than often text, performance, objects and installations with a playful and ironic, overall conceptual twist. With a MFA from the Art Academy Of Bergen, Norway, Cristina David was engaged in various artistic residencies, in Seydisfjordur, Iceland (2015), Vienna, Austria (2014), Santa Monica, California (2012), Bratislava, Slovakia (2011), etc. Her works have been shown in the “The School of Kyiv”, Kyiv Biennial 2015, in exhibitions at Kunsthalle Winterthur (2015), The National Museum of Contemporary Art (Bucharest, 2014 and 2013), The University of California Irvine University Art Gallery/Room (Los Angeles, 2013), Futura Gallery (Prague, 2013), Shedhalle (Zurich, 2011), in Manifesta8 (Murcia, Cartagena, 2010), Museum of Contemporary Art of Finland (Helsinki, 2006). In 2011 she was awarded the Henkel Art Award (Romania) and in 2006 she won the First Prize at the Alternative Film/Video (Belgrade). Ivan Gallery hosted her latest solo show between January - February 2016 and launched her ongoing performative project "Nulla dies sine linea" at Sunday Art Fair London 2018 .

Cristina David & Ana-Maria Machedon, “Somon și Salmonella [Salmon and Salmonella]”, 2019, installation, pyrography on polychloropren, 154 x 154 cm (unstretched), photo credits: Cătălin Georgescu
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2005-2007 –  Bergen Art Academy, Norway (MFA)
2000-2004 –  National University of Arts Bucharest, Photo-Video Department (BFA)
1998-2000 –  University of  Bucharest, Faculty of Mathematics

Solo Exhibitions

2019 – Ghidează-mă  / Guide Me (Cristina David and Ivana Pegan Baće, Ivan Gallery, Bucharest); L= 3,08 W= 2,33 H= 2,17 (Galerie Klubovna, Brno, Czech Republic)
2018 – 1000 Notes. 387491 cm (Cristina David and Alina Șerban, Galerija Flora, Dubrovnik, Croatia)
2017 – Nu (doar) forme / Not (only) Forms (Galleria Alberto Torri, Milano)
2016 – Between the Total of Facts in My Life and the Sum of My Works Doesn’t Exist a Bijective Function (Ivan Gallery, Bucharest)
2014 – 14.53% of the Story I Never Tell (amt_gallery, Bratislava)
2013 – The Quarter of the Story I Never Tell (Futura Gallery, Prague)
2012 – Third of the Story I Never Tell, (Ivan Gallery, Bucharest)
2010 – Half the Story I Never Tell (Kurant Gallery, Tromsø), The Wrong Version of the Story (Kulturamt, Dusseldorf)
2009 – Cristina David+Anne Nyberg. Visual Playgrounds (Romanian Cultural Institute, Stockholm)
2007 – Tingvoll Kunsthall (Tingvoll)
2003 – Size Doesn’t Matter (Atelier 35, Bucharest)

Selected group exhibitions

2019 – Rethinking the image of the world (MILL, La Louvière, Belgium, part of the Europalia Arts Festival Romania)
2018 – Drepturi / Rights (, Iași); Farfuglar-Birds of Passage (Skatfell Gallery, Seyðisfjörður, Islanda)
2017 – Stopover: Ways of Temporary Exchange (Frei_raum Q21, Vienna); Life a User’s Manual (Art Encounters, Timișoara, Romania); Micro-narațiuni / Micro-Narratives ( 1+1 Organization, Iași, Romania)


2016 – Cristina David + Catherine Ludwig (Kunstverein Baden, Baden, Austria); Few Were Happy with Their Condition (Gallery 400, Chicago); Time after Time (Meet Factory, Prague)
2015 – The School of Kyiv (Kyiv Biennial 2015, Kyiv)Few Were Happy with Their Condition: Video and Photography in Romania (Kunsthalle Winterthur)
2014 – SenzArt (The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest); What about (y)our Memory? (The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest); Revolution without Movement (one day collective action Hit Gallery&, Bratislava)
2013 – 1813. Siege, fire and reconstruction of San Sebastian (San Telmo Museum and Donostia San Sebastian, San Sebastian, Spain); Good Girls. Memory, Desire, Power (The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest); Involuntary Memory (The University of California Irvine University Art Gallery, Los Angeles); Clovnul meu drag / My Dear Clown (Ivan Gallery, Bucharest)
2012  – Plug to Nature (The National Library, Bucharest); Cage100: Opening Spaces for Action (Galerie fur Zeitgenossische Kunst ,Leipzig); Global without Globalization: From Mathematics to China (Salonul de proiecte, Bucharest); Objects and Disintegration (Gdanska Galeria Miejska 2, Gdansk); Eleventh Hour (Futura Gallery, Prague); The Discovery of Slowness (Tabaka, Kosice)
2011 – Dump Time. For a Practice of Horizontality (Shedhalle, Zurich); No One Should Call You a Dreamer (Gallery F15, Moss, Norway)
2010 – Manifesta8 (Murcia, Cartagena); Monument to Transformation (Montehermoso Art Space, Vitoria, Spain); Video Biennial (Tel Aviv)
2009 – Good Times/ Bad Times (Futura Gallery, Prague)
2008 – Norwegianess (Nils Aas Kunstverksted, Straumen); Arrivals/ Departures (KMR, Molde); Vestlandsutstillingen08 (main cities of the West coast of Norway)
2007 – Points de vue, (ICR, Paris); Artism – MA exhibition (Kunsthall, Bergen)
2006 – Blind Date (Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art of Finland, Helsinki); The Great Fall (Nod Gallery, Prague)
2005 – Motion Parade (Fotogaleriet Wien, Wien); Necc Kogard Gallery (Budapest)
2004 – AoRTa Gallery (Chișinău)
2003 – Portofolios Review (Galeria Nouă, Bucharest)
2001 – The studio of Contemporary Art (TOACA, Bucharest)

Selected artist talks, video screenings

2017 – Cristina David vs. Alina Șerban (frei_raum Q21 / Museums Quartier, Viena)
2007 – Pocket Revolutions (video program initiated by The Romanian Cultural Institute, Poland)
2006 – Regarding Others (Momentum 2006, Contemporary Biennial of Norway side program)
2003 – Periferic (Romanian Contemporary Art Biennial side program, Iași)

Selected awards and residencies

2017 – Artist-in-residence at Museumsquartier, residency awarded by Erste Foundation (Vienna); Residency in Graz awarded by Kulturvermittlung 
2016 – Artist-in-residence at MeetFactory (Prague); Artist-in-Residence (Krems), a residency awarded by The Government of Lower Austria
2015 – Artists as agents of institutional exchange, The joint initiative of two institutions, one from Romania ( and one from Iceland (Skaftfell), to create a collective platform with the purpose of better understanding and developing institutional mechanics with the help of artists. Artists: Cristina DAVID (RO) in Seydisfjordur, Iceland | Ásdís Sif GUNNARSDÓTTIR (IS) in Iași, Romania
2014 – 3 months full residency in Vienna, awarded by Federal Ministry of Education, the Arts and Culture in cooperation with KulturKontakt Austria; 2 months full residency at (Iași)
2012  – 2 months full residency at 18th Street Arts Center (Santa Monica, California)
2011 – Winner of Henkel Art Award, Romania; Artist in residency in MoKS, the Center for Arts and Social Practice in Mooste, Estonia; Residency in HIT Gallery in Bratislava, Slovakia
2010 – Stipendiatum of Landeshaupstadt Dusseldorf, 2 month full residency 
2009 – The European Cultural Center in Sinaia (Romania), full residency 1 month
2008 – Stipendiatum of Kulturreferat, full residency 4 months in Villa Waldberta, Feldafing
2007 – First prize at Alternative Film/Video 2006 (Belgrade): one month residency at AFC
2006 – “Unesco-Aschberg” full residency 2 months at Projecto Bienal de Cerveira, Portugal; Winner of BKH stipend for MFA students in Norway
2005 – Second prize at Terminal00 Balkan Art Festival (Ljubljana)

Artist book

Livia Pancu, Florin Bobu (eds.), Cristina David & Cezar Lăzărescu: artist book, Ed., Iași, 2014