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Mircea Nicolae


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Mircea Nicoale, born in 1980, works and lives in Bucharest, Romania. He started his artistic practice with interventions in public space, mainly in deserted spaces and urban ruins. He then became a home-gallery owner and a curator. Mircea Nicolae’s art is closely connected to his personal evolution; lately it developed into an instrument to criticize and fill in the gaps of the Romanian contemporary art scene.


Viziting Mircea Nicolae’s blog one is surprised by the almost journalistic way he documents his work. As his art is at the same time introspective and connected to the context where it is produced, we considered Mircea Nicolae the most suited to write about his practice and evolution:

"I went out of my house into the park, during a time of my life when things were not going very well. Then I did different things in the deserted spaces I started to visit, starting from the powerful impact that ruins and deserted places had on my sensitivity.

My project started as a form of therapy and it was extremely relevant to me as a person. It was also a way of staying in touch with the one I loved. Gradually things changed, people surrounded me, and in the end my interior monologue dissipated to some extent.

Usually I place the things I do under the name of intervention. My artistic practice, the time when I had a home gallery and started to curate shows – they all go in the same direction from my point of view. One always works on a context that changes in the end, whether this happens in the street, inside a gallery, in front of a public or within the art system in general.

Between July 2008 and July 2009 I had a home gallery in the living room of the apartment where I live with my mother and sister. At that given moment, an exhibition space seemed to me a sort of medium in itself. I was under the impression that objects produced for a gallery space easily lose their force once taken out of the exhibition room. I considered this to be a very particular way of doing things that looked quite specialized and very artificial to me.

On the other hand, the local contemporary art scene and the public in general seemed less interested in accepting, or consuming the kind of street art that I was doing, outside my webpage. People never went into the deserted houses I had found to see my work, so I had to try to address them myself.

Moreover, I was very interested in the distribution of the objects produced for the home gallery. This was the basic concept of the 10 exhibitions that took place – all of the exhibits were given to the public through a raffle or tombola process. Through this gesture, I was trying to criticize two types of behavior I was bothered by in the gallery circuit in Bucharest. One was the evident lack of interest for the exhibited work coming from the people who were present at the openings; the other was preferential socializing, based on the different power relations on the local art scene.
 
After my home gallery closed, I continued to work on my own and to support the work of other young Romanian artists through my curatorial projects. In 2009, I won a six-months residency at the Romanian Cultural Institute in Venice, that I turned into an exhibition opportunity for young Romanian artists, who were selected via an open call.

The name of the project was Young Romanian Art, and it took place between July-November 2009, in the New Gallery of the Romanian Institute in Venice. It was made up of a series of 14 one-week exhibitions that were trying to promote the work of 33 young Romanian artists during the Venice Biennial 2009."

Mircea Nicolae

Contact:

w: mirceanicolae.blogspot.com
e: mirceanicolaeee[at]yahoo.com


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