Iulia Toma

Iulia Toma


b. 1974, Romania
Lives and works in Bucharest

Iulia Gabriela Toma is a mixed-media artist who works with the means of aesthetic expression through textile, as well as with photography, painting, installation and text in each of her works. Recently she has been focusing on social issues that she expresses in her own individual way: feminism, women's rights, interpersonal relations of closed communities, the materiality of urban living, social justice, etc.. Toma builds a personal discourse that is expressively and aesthetically organised in visual and activist orientations, each time trying to place the balance between message and material at an ever increasingly elaborate level. She teaches in the Department of Art & Design, Textile section at the National University of Arts Bucharest, her pedagogical and artistic activity being a harmonious mix. Among her recent exhibitions are: in 2019 "Displacement and Togetherness" (group show, Cultuurcentrum Strombeek Grimbergen, Belgium, part of the Europalia Arts Festival Romania), Art Encounters Biennial 3rd edition (group show, Timișoara, Romania), "After the Canal, there was only 'our' world" (group show, City Gallery – Mestna galerija, Ljubljana), 2018 "At Different Angles" (group show, MNAC – The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest), 2017 "In situ, B5 Studio" (group show, ArtEncounters Timișoara, Romania), 2016 "Dura-Europos" (solo show, Ivan Gallery, Bucharest), 2015 "Mapping Bucharest: Art, Memory, and Revolution 1916-2016" (group show, part of Vienna Biennale 2015, MAK Vienna), "Twilled Connections" (group show at tranzit.ro, Bucharest).

Iulia Toma, "Migration of memory / Memory of migration", 2019, textile collage, cut outs from oriental carpets, embroidery on hand dyed fabric, 100 x 500 cm, installation view Cultuurcentrum Strombeek Grimbergen, part of the Europalia Arts Festival Romania, 2019
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Education

2008–present – PhD, Assistant Lecturer in the Textile Art & Design Department, Faculty of Decorative Arts and Design, The National University of Arts Bucharest
2005–2007 – The National University of Arts Bucharest, Painting Department (MFA)
2000–2004 – The National University of Arts Bucharest, Textile Art & Design Department, Decorative Arts and Design Faculty (BFA)

Solo exhibitions:

2016 – Dura Europos (Ivan Gallery, Bucharest)
2015 – Kinder. Küche. Kirche (Călina Gallery, Timișoara)
2014 – Untitled Fighter  (Ivan Gallery, Bucharest) 

Selected group exhibitions

2019 – Rethinking the image of the world (MILL, La Louvière, Belgium, part of the Europalia Arts Festival Romania); The Web of Fabric (Ivan Gallery, Bucharest); Displacement and Togetherness, (Cultuurcentrum Strombeek Grimbergen, Belgium, part of the Europalia Arts Festival Romania, curated by Salonul de proiecte); Art Encounters Biennial, (3rd edition, Timișoara, Romania, curated by Maria Lind and Anca Rujoiu); After the Canal, there was only “our” world (City Gallery – Mestna galerija, Ljubljana); Cercetări artistice asupra plantelor/ Artistic Enquiries into Plants (tranzit.ro/București, Bucharest)
2018 – At Different Angles (MNAC – The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest); Objects in the Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear (Eastwards Prospectus, Bucharest)
2017 – In situ, B5 Studio (ArtEncounters Timișoara, Romania); Augumented Space Agency. Visualizing the Sound 2017 (WASP, Bucharest)
2016 – The Lesson of Nature (tranzit.ro, part of Bucharest Art Week 2016); Worker’s Day (MAGMA Contemporary Art Space, Sfântu Gheorghe, Romania); Доброе утро, Варвара Степанова /Buongiorno, Varvara Stepanova (duo show, with Claudiu Cobilanschi, GALLLERIAPIÙ, Bologna, Italy)
2015 – Mapping Bucharest: Art, Memory, and Revolution 1916-2016 (Vienna Biennale 2015, MAK Vienna); Twilled Connections (tranzit.ro, Bucharest)

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2014 – Participation in Weekendul artistului dependent / The Dependent Artist’s Weekend (Arad, Romania); Working Title (MAGMA, Sfântu Gheorghe, Romania)
2013 – Dear Money (Salonul de proiecte at Viennafair); Schimbul 1, schimbul 2 și tura de noapte / Shift 1, Shift 2 and the Night Shift (Spațiul Platforma, Anexa MNAC, Bucharest)
2012 – Echilibru Tactil 2 / Tactile Balance 2 (UNAGaleria, Bucharest); Atelier in tranziție / Studio in Transition (Galateca Gallery, NAG#6); What We Destroy and Celebrate at the Same Time (Salonul de Proiecte, Bucharest); Cultura ca sistem de operare / Culture as Operating System (public space installation, Cluj, Romania)
2009 – Ruse Art Destination, Outside Viewpoint (Bulgaria)

Artistic residencies

2016 – Artist in residence at Quartier21, Museum Quartier Vienna (with Claudiu Cobilanschi)
2016 – Artist in residence at Casa Tranzit, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

 

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