ArtSlant is pleased to announce its media partnership with Bucharest Art Week.
With the theme Laughter and Forgetting, inspired by Milan Kundera’s eponymous 1979 novel, Bucharest Art Week will take place as a unified series of curated exhibitions and events unfolding over the week of October 9–16 in the Romanian capital.
At the helm of the Art Week's 2015 edition is Switzerland-based arts writer and curator Olga Stefan (Stefan is also an occasional ArtSlant contributor). Outlining the exhibition's structure and themes, she writes:
[Laughter and Forgetting features] seven autonomous stories that manifest themselves as time-based events or exhibitions connected together by common themes established on the first day within the main exhibition, i.e. laughter, forgetting, love, regret/humiliation (litost in Czech), totalitarianism, and the border. Artists, filmmakers, historians, and other researchers explore these themes from different angles, while the exhibition develops over the course of the week like a musical score through their repetition and variation, ultimately providing the viewer one experience composed of multiple perspectives, each unique in its own right.
For a greater introduction to the exhibition, check out the following video. Stefan talks more about Laughter and Forgetting’s curatorial concept, themes, and organization; how she selected the artists for the exhibition; the ways Romania fits into wider arts discourse; and the direction she sees Bucharest Art Week evolving in the future.
In the weeks leading up to Laughter and Forgetting, ArtSlant will be publishing a series of interviews with participating artists, including Clemens Von Wedemeyer, Dread Scott, Himali Singh Soin, and Agnieska Polska.
A complete curatorial statement and list of Bucharest Art Week exhibitions and events can be found here.
—The ArtSlant Team