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rina Botea&rsquo\;s SOLO exhib ition It is now a matter of learning hope foregrounds how hope as an emotion is connected to imagination and the possibility of social change . Through four filmic investigations\, this exhibition proposes a performat ive approach to learning\, rehearsing\, debating and embodying theoretical and historical models relating to a politics of hope that potentially gives energy to the praxis of transformation. These films investigate a diversit y of avenues\, including political history\, enlightenment methodologies\, contemporary socio-political action and a range of theoretical utopian mode ls.

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These four works include:

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Impersonation a re -enactment of Charles A Leale&rsquo\;s book &ldquo\;Lincoln&rsquo\;s Last H ours&rdquo\; featuring Abraham Lincoln presenters. \;Dressed as Abraham Lincoln they audition\, negotiate and interpret several roles: Charles A L eale reading his manuscript\, Charles A Leale performing medical interventi ons to prolong Lincoln&rsquo\;s life\, associate doctors and the dying Abra ham Lincoln himself. \;

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< em> \;Art historians-a conversation presenting the emotional and sincere engagement with the artworks of t hree art historians Gabriela \;Zsigmond\, Valentin Muresan and Sanda Ma rta\, working at the Bruckenthal Museum in Sibiu\, Romania\, a collection e stablished prior to the Enlightenment by Baron Samuel von Brukenthal (1721- 1803) while he was governor of Transylvania\, Romania (HD 2014 )\;

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 \; Photocopy/Fotocó\;pia \;& nbsp\;a performance resulting from processing the data remembered from bein g involved in the \;15 Mayprotests in Spain- in a space outside of the public space of social action- the studio. (With Anita Serrano and Merce Or tega.)

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 \;It is now a matter of learning hope presents a rtist Ileana Faur learning and rehearsing fragments of written utopian theo ries\, including Ernst Bloch\, Constant Nieuwenhuys\, Thomas More\, Karl Ma rx and Vilem Flusser\, set against the backdrop of Morii Island\, one of ma ny failed utopian architectural projects that were never finished by Nicola e Ceausescu\, ex- dictator of Romania (HD\, 2013/14).

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Botea&rsquo\;s artistic methodology combines re-enactment strategies\, simulated auditions\, and elements of direct cinema and cin&ea cute\;ma vé\;rité\;. \; She develops her works through a pr ocess of collaboration in which the performers are active participants in t he process and as a filmmaker her role is in constant flux\, shifting from an observational to a reflective\, participatory and performative mode. The exhibition takes its title from Ernst Bloch&rsquo\;s The Principle of Hope.

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ABOUT THE ARTIST:< /strong>

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Over the past ten years Irina Botea has been engaged in an art practice that uses mult iple media to inspect socio-political dynamics and the possibility of trans formation. Currently\, her focus is on the de-centralization of cultural di scourses and the possibility of sustaining creative differentiation that ar guably exists outside of a dominant hegemonic system of values and critique .

DTEND:20140531 DTSTAMP:20141219T205812 DTSTART:20140425 GEO:41.883645;-87.64943 LOCATION:Threewalls\,119 N. Peoria #2C \nChicago\, IL 60607 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:It is now a matter of learning hope\, Irina Botea UID:330813 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR