Eforie Colorful PHOTO Letter
The Eforie Colorat eco-art festival presents more than 200 events, hosted throughout the summer by the Creative Center Grădina de Vără of Eforie Sud. Developed in partnership with European cultural institutes, diplomatic missions and international film festivals, Eforie Colorat is the first dedicated contemporary arts center on the Romanian coast.
A series of artists invited to Eforie Sud have transformed multiple languages of expression into an civic message, from performance and mural painting, to experimental music, documentaries or environmental art.
Project “Aggression / Stop”: Public, Private, Natural”, part of the Eforie Colorat Festival, represents a meditation on the pressing problems of our time, from technology and consumption, to the most acute contemporary environmental issues.
Bearing in mind the contrast-ridden history of the Romanian coast, a series of European artists, known for their street art works or social responsibility projects, will transform the Cinemascop Garden space in Eforie Sud into art. The new works will complement the series of workshops, interventions and murals created in the past years by artists such as Barbora Edisova (Czech Republic), Dan and Lea Bergovići, Andrea Toma (Atoma), Robert Obert and Lucien Hrisav.
The project brings together, under the theme of social art and the environment, representatives of the art scene, local authorities, along with activists and journalists specializing in environmental topics. Cultural figures such as Lia Perjovschi and Dan Perjovschi (present this year at prestigious art events, such as Documenta 15 and Art Basel), Irina Botia – video art educator and professor at the Art Institute of Chicago, Diana Miron and Loreno Kocak – voice artists world-renowned, Emil Christian Gitsch – an artist known for his environmental interventions and director of the Czech Center, David Tiko – a practitioner of clay painting, or activists from the cultural scene, such as Christian Nego, will meet their audience in some environmental performances sessions, experimental music or in discussions that question the symbiotic potential between humans, nature and technology . Guests will explore the meeting space between culture and the environment or the relationship between failed projects and beneficial ecosystems, as well as their own emerging visions of trying to abandon their social and cultural identities, to become less individual and more natural.
Fixtures and murals. For the Composition and Walls section, this year Mircea Modriano, Coordinator of the Space Project directed by artist ETAJ, Lucien Sando Melia, co-founder of Project Carol 53, along with Anna Cristina Toma – known for exploring the intersection between experience and decor, fashion, illustrations, and mural interventions In the public and private space – and the French artist Antoine Martinet, nicknamed MioSHe, devoted in monumental works questioning the relationships between man, urban space and nature. Completing their own visions of a globally critical theme, the four propose a visual evocation of the perfect Zero Moment, where destruction becomes an opportunity for reconstruction.
debates. Unsustainable tourism, along with excessive pollution of waters, oceans and coastal areas, are the starting points for discussions in Eforie Sud, which are framed in the broader context of globalization, consumerism, and current environmental, epidemiological and geopolitical crises. The news of the past few months seems to confirm the warnings. Despite studies drawing attention to the high percentage of plastic pollution (83% of garbage is in the Black Sea, which is a double amount compared to the Mediterranean), the Romanian coast is still marked by rubbish bins and street shops selling dozens of plastic waste. Thousands of bottles, packaging and bags.
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From this year’s programme:
Tourists and the local community are invited to take part in an ecological show with the aim of cleaning up the beach in the Chergyol Lake area, in August. Artist: Emil Cristian Ghita
Six creative workshops for children and adults It will be hosted, until the end of summer, in the Cinemascop Summer Garden building in Eforie Sud. Organized between August 19-21 with the support of the Swedish Embassy in Bucharest, the #sustainablesuedia workshop is waiting for children who want to learn more about recycling with innovative toys. Artist David Taicuţu will meet his audience from August 12-14, at the Mud Graffiti Workshop – an example of the use of natural resources as objects of artistic value. Participants will use Techirghiol clay to create works that will be displayed in the summer garden. The Recycling and Creative Recycling workshops launched, at the end of August, the challenge of making decorative objects from recycled materials, as a healthy and sustainable alternative in the age of fast consumer fashion.
The artist’s talk about the environment and social artStarting from the topic of new types of attacks on humans and the environment and emphasizing the mediating role of art in this context. The discussions, moderated by Project Curator Raluca Oncia, will be hosted by Dan and Leah Bergovci. Photos and recordings will be transferred from their exhibitions in Bucharest, Sibiu and Kassel (Germany) and the public at the Summer Garden can ask questions to the invited artists (13-18 August).
Presentation with items, clothes and clothing accessories made of plastic or recycled materials. The collections are made by artists and the presentation will be preceded by a discussion on the topic of new fast fashion trends and their devastating effects on the entire living ecosystem. (Guest: Christian Nguyi).
experimental music session Based on capturing the natural sounds of the place, focusing on the coastal area, the surroundings of Lake Techirghiol and the forest area near the sea. The ceremony will be followed by a discussion, with artists and the public, on the role of art as a tool for questioning current environmental and geopolitical realities. The research, conducted by artists Diana Miron and Loreno Kocak, will take place between August 17-20.
Live performance in Techirghio Lake DistrictAugust 18-19, using clay as an art tool, and a natural resource renowned at the European level for its exceptional properties. The common people of Eforie Sud have been invited to a “Mud Party,” a challenge to use clay creatively, whether they choose to paint their faces or paint with it. Artist Irina Botia uses clay as a visual element in an interactive performance session, combining reconstruction strategies, simulated auditions with elements of live cinema and photorealistic cinema. It is a multi-layered artistic exploration, starting with local myths or the threat of aggressive exploitation of nature, to examine more complex topics, such as regional social and political dynamics and opportunities for transformation. It explores topics such as the decentralization of discourses and the creative differentiation that arguably exists outside the dominant system of values and criticism. Although she uses re-enactment and role-playing, Irina Butya is not interested in creating a fantasy that can be considered reality. Look for the authenticity of the show and the true uniqueness of the performers. The artist will document her full experience at Eforie Sud in a short film that will later be shown at Cinemascop Garden.
Alexandra Domitrescu, artist and co-founder of the Eforie Colorat Festival, will be making a short film documenting the full development of the project, one that will be released in November.
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Launched in 2021 as a complex cultural programme, the festival is intended for both tourists and members of the local community, as well as the artistic community or environmental groups at a national level. They have, annually, a series of creative stays at Eforie Sud.
Organized by the Visual Arts Forum, in partnership with the Czech Center and Eforie City Hall, the Eforie Colorat Program aims to revitalize cultural spaces on the shores of the Black Sea through contemporary art. Once the center of Bucharest’s elites and one of the most visited resorts in Europe, Eforie Sud has remained a marginal place, almost deserted in the context of consumer adventure. Grădina de Vără, the largest regional theater with the largest screen on the coast, has deteriorated over the past decades and has finally become a ruin.
The park was cleaned up by the efforts of the organizers, and is now restoring its original function as a cultural space and community meeting place. Eforie Colorat brings together the artistic community and decision-makers from local and central administrations, along with activist groups, in a joint effort to formulate existing rehabilitation solutions, to offer an alternative cultural offering to Eforie Sud and a new development opportunity.
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