Curator: Xandra Popescu
Opening: 10th of September, 7 PM
The latin term immurare designates a form of seclusion in which a person is walled into an enclosed space. The word is formed from im (in) and murus (wall). An immurement leaves no trace except a smooth space, an invisible hollow – a wall too thick, one window fewer, the mortar too seamlessly laid. Shorn of proof, the hidden body passes into the form of a legend or a speculation that marks the place: “this is the spot where…” – “her ghost still can be heard”. Immurement involves the smoothing over of space, folding suffering out of visibility and into the hidden depths of matter.
To strengthen against cracking in extreme weather conditions, early forms of cement often contained organic compounds such as animal fat, horse hair, milk, oxen blood, rice, boiled banana and eggs. The origin of every edifice was organic and half - if not completely forgotten in the permanent amnesia of progress.
This speaks of a nexus between the materials of progress (concrete, bricks and machines) and its origin (labour) – a nexus situated between myth and material itself.
Larisa Crunţeanu and Sonja Hornung began working together in 2015 on and around a wasteland opposite the factory once known as APACA.
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Larisa Crunțeanu has studied Photography and Moving Image and is currently a PHD candidate at the National Arts University of Bucharest. She works at the intersection of video and performance between research and speculation, often collaboratively, creating contexts for the emergence of new practices and self-organization. From 2012 together with Xandra Popescu she powers Atelier 35, a project space from Bucharest.
Sonja Hornung is a visual artist. Working with installation, drawing and writing, she investigates dilemmas generated by the (un)bordered nature of space. She is currently studying Art in Public Space (MA Raumstrategien) at the Berlin-Weißensee School of Art.
This project is made possible with the support of ARCUB, through the financing programme “You Are Bucharest”.