CHIOSC// Moldova in Focus
VN Gallery
November 17- December 01. 2009.

Participating artists: Stefan RUSU (Md), Vlad NANCA (Ro), Mircea NICOLAE (Ro), Nicoleta ESINENCU (Md), Nicu ILFOVEANU (Ro), Tonka MALEKOVIĆ (Hr), IonFISTICANU (Md), Michele BRESSAN(Ro)

Curators:Vladimir US/Oberliht (Md) & Slobodne veze/Loose Associations (Hr)

In the winter of 2008. began the collaboration between the Loose Associations/Slobodne veze and the Moldavian association Oberliht. It was a project of artist intervention in the public space of Chisinau, capital of the former Soviet Republic of Moldova. The project entitled Interventions3 involved more than thirty participants from several European countries who were invited to reflect over the processes which have shaped Chisinau’s public space, its visual structure, the memory and the everyday experience of its inhabitants. Taking into account the country’s complex geo-political position, its state of being in between European aspirations and Soviet heritage, the remains of which are reflected in unresolved territorial issues, as well as in symbols and imagery, the question of identity still remains one of the dominant issues on the country’s agenda.

The collaboration was continued in 2009 when the CHIOSC project, a platform for public participation and cultural production, was launched. CHIOSC is embodied in a small architectural unit entitled FLAT SPACE, work of Stefan Rusu, erected in the center of Chisinau. In view of the lack of institutional support for contemporary artistic expression, CHIOSC appears as a reaction to the given context and as an alternative to the existing self-sufficient, highly ideologized system of cultural institutions. Following Deleuze’s logic of micro-dispositive (dispositif micrologique), the project fills one of the empty niches in the area of Moldova’s contemporary culture.

The FLAT SPACE project is a functional replica of a one-room apartment that comprises the basic components of a typical socialist living space: the kitchen, the bathroom, the living room, and the balcony. The transparency and openness of the structure is an important feature of the project, since the apartment has no external walls (with the exception of the façade), and the flat interior is exposed to the public.

Giving the local community a platform for self-representation, CHIOSC becomes a political instrument, enabling civil empowerment in a perspective in which self-determination means  recovery of an autonomous, or collective, capacity to express desires, in opposition to a system  that imposes and proliferates control and sanctions.
In the summer of 2009, the artist in residency project was initiated within the framework of the CHIOSC project. It led to many types of cooperation and a variety of collaborative artistic projects. The first artist to participate in CHIOSC’s art in residency program was Tonka Maleković, whose collaboration with the Moldavian artist Ion Fisticanu resulted in the project The possibility of the city.

interview with  Stefan Rusu, author of THE FLAT SPACE (en/ro)CLICK– CLICK FOR THE EXHIBITION VIEW


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