Marilena Preda Sânc

Works

Marilena Preda Sânc

“I consider myself a painter of fixed and running images, an interdisciplinary artist who creates drawing, painting, object, photography, artist book, installation, video, performance. Integrating the traditional forms of art and the new media arts, my work investigates and visualizes the body/mind/soul/behaviors in relation to nature and social/political/representational space and the feminism problematic as gender/ageism/the woman as leader in an eco-feminist key.”

 

“One of the first exponents of the feminist movement in Romania, Marilena Preda Sânc has been a leading figure on the Eastern European art scene since the 1980s. During the Ceaușescu regime her research found its possibility of expression in abstraction. Through various media such as painting, sculpture and drawing, joined in the 1990s by video and performance, she has developed different cycles of work in which she analyses the spatial relations between abstract and organic forms by applying sets of rules activated in the field of vision.

In the series Modules of the ‘80s, the architectures that give them form have a precarious balance due both to their inner structure — marked by cracks and fissures — and to their often perched positioning, probably to suggest the fragility of the political context and the individual condition of the artist. 

The Body-Space series of works, from the same period, plays with contrast: it is a group of collages in which drawings made with a marker pen are overlaid on nude photographs of the artist. The drawings, similar to the structures of the modules, reveal the analogy between body and architecture, and the possibility of turning the body of the woman into a unit of measure of reality.” – Anna Daneri, curator

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Born in 1955, lives and works in Bucharest (RO)

STUDIES

1980

BA, National University of Arts Bucharest (RO) 

2002  

PhD in Fine Arts, National University of Arts Bucharest (RO)

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Solo shows

2019

‘Subjective (De)Constructions’, Gaep, Bucharest (RO)

‘Thinking on Art, Nature, Society’, Palatele Brâncovenești Cultural Centre, Mogoșoaia (RO)

2015

‘Calling Earth Back to Art’, Calina Contemporary Art Space, Timișoara (RO) 

‘but IT Got Too COLD’, Gaep (formerly EASTWARDS PROSPECTUS), Bucharest (RO)

2012

‘Mecanismele imaginii / Imagine Machinery’, Contemporary Art Gallery of the National Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu (RO)

‘Libertate în Labirint / Freedom in the Labyrint’, Art Museum, Cluj-Napoca (RO)

2011

‘Utopii.Cotidiene. Crossing Self Histories 1981-2011’, MNAC – National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest (RO)

2010

‘Flying Souls’, Anagma Gallery, Madrid (ES)

2003

’Inside the Living’, Studio D.V.O., Brussels (BE)

1993

‘Eu En Ich’ (Roxana Trestioreanu media installation / Magda Cârneci poem / Marilena Preda Sânc media installation), Hungarian Cultural Centre, Bucharest (RO)

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Group shows

2018 

‘Din unghiuri diferite/At Different Angles’, MNAC – National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest (RO)

‘Salonul Național de Artă Contemporană Centenar 2018’, MNAR – The National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest (RO)

‘Woman, All Too Woman’, The Art Museum, Timișoara (RO)

 2017

‘Seeing Ourselves Sensing’, Gaep (formerly EASTWARDS PROSPECTUS), Bucharest (RO)

‘Here/There’ (‘Aici/Acolo’), Cotroceni National Museum, Bucharest (RO)

2015

‘The Collection as Archive’, MNAC – National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest (RO)

‘From Affirmation to Contestation – Public Art Practices’, MNAC – National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest (RO)

2014

BB6 / Bucharest International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Bucharest (RO)  

3rd European International Book Art Biennale, Russian State Art Library, Moscow (RU)

‘Non Hic Librorum’, Art Museum, Constanţa (RO)  

2013 

‘Good Girls | Memory, Desire, Power’, MNAC – National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest (RO) 

‘Video-Collage Internacional Resistencia, FemLink’, Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires (AG)

2012

‘20 Years: KKA Artists in Residence’, KulturKontakt, Vienna (AT)

Salon de Peinture Roumanie Contemporaine, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris (FR) 

2010

‘Gender Check’, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (PL)

2009

’Gender Check. Feminity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe’, MUMOK, Vienna (AT)

2006

’Mit Macht zur Wahl / 100 Jahre Frauenwahlrecht in Europa / Ausstellung und Kunst im Kontext’, Frauenmuseum, Bonn (DE) 

‘59 seconds’, film/video festival, New York (USA)

‘FemLink’, International video collage, Paris, Toulouse, Nicosia (FR)(CY)

2005 

‘Depozit’, MNAC – National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest (RO)

2004

‘Romanian artists (and not only) love Ceauşescu’s Palace?!’, MNAC – National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest (RO)

2001

‘Split Reality’, MUMOK, Vienna (AT)  

2000

‘In Full Dress’, Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu (RO)

‘Transitionland’, MNAR – National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest (RO)

1998

‘Pseudo Programs’, Franklin Furnace’s Program, The Future of the Present, Live Netcast – New York (USA) 

SELECTED AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

2020

Radio Romania Cultural Award, Visual Arts category

2017

Special Mention Sardi per l’Arte Back to the Future, Artissima, Turin

2010 

Diploma of Excellence, Faculty of Arts and Design, Timișoara 

2008 

“Mihail Grecu” Award for Painting, UAP Moldova, Chișinău

2004 

“The Cultural Merit” Order and medal 

1998 

Artslink, fellowship, New York

1997 

KulturKontakt, artist in residence, Vienna

1996 

Habitat – the 3rd prize for painting, national competition organized by U.N.D.P., Bucharest 

1988 

International JUNIJ Group, prize for the best group exhibition, Mois de la Photo à Paris

PUBLIC ART

2011 

Drafts and Open Windows, mural / collective, new American Embassy, Bucharest

2007-2010 

Art in Public Space, projects by MA students at National University of Arts in Bucharest (curator)  

2008 

Femslogan, mural facade video projection, UNA, Bucharest Urban Clip Visual Art Center, Bucharest (curator)

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NOMAD – load / flow / mix, META Cultural Foundation, Parcul Tineretului, Herastrau, Bucharest 

2004 

Constructions, mural painting, façades, Larofarm Factory, Bragadiru 

1993-2010 

Mural art works realized in situ by BA and MA students at The National University of Arts in Bucharest (curator)  

1977-1988 

Fresco – New Mural Church Paintings and Restoration

1979 

Arts, mosaic, ceramics and sandstone, Student’s House, Bucharest

Press

”Intervenția corporală s-a petrecut în 1983, când, după trei ani în care exersasem foarte mult aceste lucrări [peisaje non-figurative], mi-am dat seama că lipsea ceva, că ele aveau o singurătate metafizică din care lipsea viul. Am început să mă concentrez și pe corpul uman. A venit firesc să fie corpul meu. Nu m-am gândit neapărat la mine, ci la ideea de ființă umană, de femeie. Mi-eram aproape, astfel că puteam să exprim mai ușor senzațiile, trăirile. Așa au ajuns să coopereze cele două teme, peisajul și corpul.”
”Conceptul expoziției se poate observa în lucrarea de neon art ‘Art Is Art Beyond Art Now’. Ceea ce înseamnă, de fapt, un crez al meu, un crez artistic, cum că perioada modernistă, perioada avangardelor, postmodernismul definesc artistul vizual contemporan. Liviana Dan vorbește în textul ei de o oarecare luciditate rece, geometrică, regăsibilă mai ales în desene, împachetată de mine, se pare, într-un fel de poematică.”

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