MONUMENT 0.8: Manifestations, by Eszter Salamon, in collaboration with Marilena Preda Sânc // Contemporary Dance
Aftertalk: Eszter Salamon, Marilena Preda-Sânc & guests
Manifestations is a performative, visual and sound collage that animates an emancipatory space by interweaving traces of the Romanian history of feminism, artistic gestures and female perspectives in the history of painting and traditional music. This choral performance destabilizes not only dominant views on history, but also borders that were built to separate artistic expressions, cultures, nations and identities. As the piece carves out a trans-historical and trans-disciplinary space of memory, a new ecology of relationality appears through a hybrid fabric of political and choreographic movements, creating a new poetic matrix.
Performance art has always sought to unite art and life. How and why is it important to address the marginalized history of feminism in the Romanian and Eastern European context – on the periphery of our collective historical consciousness?
MONUMENT 0.8: Manifestations
Concept and artistic direction: Eszter Salamon
Artistic collaboration: Marilena Preda Sanc
Developed with and performed by: Salka Ardal Rosengren, Madalina Dan, Flavia Giurgiu, Corina Mitrovici, Judith State, Ágnes Enyedi
Lights: Sylvie Garot
Technical direction: Rima Ben Brahim
Project assistant: Liza Baliasnaja
Vocal coach: Elena Gheorghe
Research: Valentina Iancu
Production: Studio E.S. / Elodie Perrin, WASP Studios
Commissioned by: Europalia Romania (Brussels), Andreea Capitanescu (curator)
Co-produced by: Europalia Romania (Brussels), Romanian Cultural Institute, Kaaitheater
Supported by: Life Long Burning / Creative Europe Programme of The European Union.
Partner: Balassi Institute Bucharest
Special thanks to Lia Perjovschi for her drawing and research «Romanian feminism», Olivia Nitis, Oana Baluta, Maria Balabas
Studio E.S. is supported by the DRAC Ile de France
Eszter Salamon is an artist and performer who lives and works between Paris, Berlin and Brussels. Since 2001, she has been creating solo and group works that have been presented in performing arts venues and festivals throughout the world including Centre Pompidou, Centre Pompidou Metz, Festival dʼAutomne, Avignon Festival, Ruhrtriennale, Holland Festival, The Kitchen New York, HAU Berlin, Berlin Documentary Forum, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Kaaitheater Brussels, Tanzquartier Wien, Kampnagel Hamburg, steirischer herbst, Dance Triennale Tokyo, Manchester International Festival, Nanterre-Amandiers, FTA Montreal.
She is frequently invited to present her work in museums, including MoMa, Witte de With, Fondation Cartier, Serralves, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Akademie der Künste Berlin, Museo Reina Sofia. Her exhibition Eszter Salamon 1949 was presented in 2015 at Jeu de Paume as part of ›Satellite‹ curated by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez.
Eszter Salamonʼs work revolves around choreography employed as a means of navigating between different media such as sound, text, voice, image, bodily movements and actions. In 2014, she started a series of works exploring both the notion of monument and the practice of speculating on history making.
Eszter Salamon is artist-in-residence at Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers. She is the laureate of the Evens Art Prize 2019.
Marilena Preda Sanc is an interdisciplinary artist, Professor at National University of Arts in Bucharest. From 1980 her work has been presented internationally at museums, festivals, conferences, symposiums, broadcast venues and galleries.
Integrating the traditional forms of art and the new media arts, her art works visualize and investigate the body / mind / soul / behavior in relation to nature and social / political and representational space. Her art work explores the feminism problematic as gender / ageism and woman as leader in an eco-feminism key.
She exhibited her art work in many national and international exhibitions, festivals and took part in residencies (Kulturkontakt Vienna, Franklin Furnace, N.Y.). Her videos, paintings, drawings, installations, interventions on photography are in museums or private collections such as: The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest MNAC; Arhitekturni Muzej Ljubljana; Kunsthalle, Nürnberg; Albertina Art Collections, Vienna.
Photo Credit: Lia Perjovschi
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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, ARTA Magazine, Designist, Feeder, IQads, Romania Pozitiva