Matei Bejenaru – ABYSS
The visual poem Abyss has as a starting point the enigmatic personality of the artist Irinel Luciu, prima ballerina at the Romanian Opera in Bucharest in the 50’s-60’s. The film approaches general humanist themes, such as love and devotion, as well as aspects of the condition of the artist who makes fundamental decisions in his life. Traditional techniques of film (overprinting, the use of films with different sensitivities, contrasts and granulations) are also explored, which complete the visual style of the film based on the alternation of carefully constructed frames with spontaneous, subjective ones in the idea of constructing specific visual poetics.
Matei Bejenaru (b. 1963) is a visual artist and professor of photography and video art at “George Enescu” National University of Arts Iasi. He is the founder and artistic director of Periferic Biennial for Contemporary Art in Iasi (between 1997 and 2008). In his latest projects, through photographs, video and public performances, he examines the politics of representation in documentary photography and film and methods of generation of hybrid art projects at the confluence between visual arts, poetry, experimental music and scientific research.
eXplore festival #14
Producers: 4Culture Association and WASP Studios
Cultural project co-financed by the National Cultural Fund Administration (AFCN)
The project does not necessarily represent the position of AFCN.
AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or the way the project results can be used. This is entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the funding.
Partners: Balassi Institute – The Hungarian Institute in Bucharest, Brancovenesti Palaces Cultural Center, Geological Institute of Romania – National Museum of Geology, Craiova Art Museum
Media partners: Radio Romania Cultural, Modernism, Zeppelin, Revista Arta, Designist, Feeder, IQads, Romania Pozitivă