TM2023 – Novi Sad 2022. The Danube Dialogues. 3E: Ecology, Ethics and Aesthetics

As part of the Danube Dialogues 2022 – the international festival of visual arts from the Danube region – the exhibition “3E: Environment, Ethics and Aesthetics”, curated by Alina Serban and Sava Stepanov, opened at the Rajko Mamuzic Gallery in Novi Sad last weekend.

The ceremony was attended by a large delegation of artists and journalists from Timisoara, led by Sorena Gekza, President of the Triade Foundation, and Professor univ.dr. Ovidiu Megan, Executive Director of the Timisoara European Capital of Culture 2023 Association.

DANUBE DIALOGUES is an international festival of visual arts from the Danube region, promoting contemporary art, cultural identity and collaboration between artists.

The festival is organized in Novi Sad, taking place simultaneously in different galleries and alternative venues in the city. The event creates a powerful network in the Danube region, which includes more than 500 artists, art historians, critics and curators from 14 countries in the overall Danube region, providing a very interesting mosaic perspective that connects different media – from traditional forms of expression to innovative experimental manifestations For current art trends in this European region.

The festival encourages open dialogue between cultures, and strong bridges across borders.

The Interart TRIADE Foundation has participated in this event for seven years, together with the Bel Art Gallery in Novi Sad. The collaboration between the two entities consists in the selection of an curator to ensure the dialogue between Romanian and Serbian artists. This year, the curators who have taken an interest in getting to know the artists and highlighting their artistic practices are, for the Triade Foundation, curator Alina Șerban, and Bel Art Gallery, Sava Stepanov.

The participating artists are Nonna Enescu, Lea Rasovsky and Christian Rordo in artistic dialogue with Happy Trash, Adrienn Ujhazi, Nemanja Milenković, Vesna Tokin and Radomir Knežević.

Nona Inescu carefully reshapes the world of the Anthropocene by focusing in her photos and videos on intimate rituals that blur the boundaries of the interplay between the human body and nature. His portraits sculpt a new ecosystem where the interconnectedness of the two accentuates a much-needed balance. The claims suggested by the various associations between body fragments and plants point to the critical cognitive dimension of touch, and its role in defining a common area. The sensuality and unexpected interactions proposed in photography and video (some of which acquire a magical atmosphere) lead in the case of Inescu to new ways of experiencing the space between self and reality.

The fictional human of Lea Rasovszky are mysterious characters, glowing by nature, vivid with situations, and bearers of fascinating stories, who draw our attention to a territory different from all others. They haunt our imaginations, representing a world in which nonconformity and emotion work hand in hand to reveal certain stereotypes, rigid viewpoints, and expectations. Their being of color constitutes an intense (critical) investigation of the ecology of the self today. Therefore, their manifestations are an expression of true ecstasy that bridges the gap between beauty and ugliness, humanity and brutality, familiarity and strangeness in order to explore the breath of the stranger within us.

Christian Rodeo plays with the unnatural tensions and connections arising from a mixture of different sculptural languages ​​and materials less known or used, giving life to new creatures invading his kingdom. His inviting installations and objects are eccentric conglomerations of wonderful animals who share the same spirit of experimentation, the same indifference and fragility. His work refers to the animal world and their food relationships, and suggests another reading of some of the seemingly trivial cases. By reintegrating facts, Răduță acts as a DIYer, creating new (fun) myths of nonverbal beings.

The project is part of the cultural program “Timiشوارoara 2023 – European Capital of Culture” funded by the municipality of Timisoara through the Project Centre.

They entered into a dialogue on aesthetics, ethics and aesthetics Nonna Enescu, Lea Rasovsky and Christian Rordo, on the one hand, Happy Trash Production, Adriann Ujhazi, Nemanja Milenkovi, Vesna Tokin, and Radomir Knežević, on the other hand.

The exhibition that opened in Rajko Mamuzić Gallery offers the visitor an intriguing route, along which you can consider yourself in the middle of a shamanic ritual, in a hunting memorial museum, in a recycling area, or in a place where broken toys are collected. All things receive a new life, and the imagination of the viewer can endow them with the most unusual features.

The cultural capital in 2022, Novi Sad is a city that has fully taken on a different artistic vanity. It is a city where Tijana Palkovlevich Bogarsky, director of Galleria Matica Srpska, took sculptures from the museum’s collections out onto the street, on specially built plinths, and simply left them among the people. No fear of being vandalized or even taken home.

Novi Sad and Timisoara have won the prestigious title of European Capital of Culture, awarded by the European Commission for Culture. Therefore, the National Gallery of Art in Timiشوارoara and the Matica Srpska Gallery have recognized themselves as custodians of the national art treasure and museums that partly share a common history and similar views on the role of museums in contemporary society.

The collections of the Timioara National Museum of Art and the Matica Srpska Gallery have an unusually similar history that can be easily seen in the figures of the founders, that is, in the artworks they collected. Both groups were founded in the mid-19th century from the original legacy of two exceptional people, two great benefactors and beacons of the Age of Enlightenment – Sava Tekeleji (1761-1842) and Zygmund Ormos (1813-1894). On these foundations, a unique exhibition was created – the collection of the Imaginary Museum of the European Cultural Capital. This collection emphasizes the strong historical ties between the two cities, and the similarities in the social situations and artistic space in which they developed in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries.

Driven by the belief that museums are a kind of fortress of peace and bridges that connect and unite us, the National Museum of Art Timisoara and Galeria Mateca Srpska in Novi Sad have created an extraordinary joint exhibition, bringing together their rich collections and drawing parallels between artists, themes, ideas and artistic visions of a common cultural space.

Thus, from July 8 to September 4, 2022, Galeria Matica Srpska presents to the public the exhibition “Parallels” in order to bring together the artistic creations developed in the historical Banat district over more than 100 years.

The exhibition “Parallels / Paralele” is part of the series of events included in the cultural program “European Phenomena in the Collections of the Matica Srpska Gallery in Novi Sad and the National Museum of Art Timișoara”, after the signing of a cooperation protocol between museums in the context of the European Capitals of Culture, Novi Sad 2022 and Timiشوارoara 2023. It is necessary to preserve and appreciate the common heritage of the Banat region, the objectives targeted by the signing of this Agreement and, implicitly, by the creation of collaborative events within the said cultural programme.



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