10 art works that I loved at Art Encounters 2019

It was an intense weekend. A weekend full of art. Of course, it was a weekend spent in Timisoara, the city that hosts the third edition of the biennale Art Encounters 2019. What I loved at Art Encounters 2019? 

Art Encounters 2019 is taking place between 20 of September and 27th of October, in Timișoara, www.artencounters.ro.

Bella Rune handmade collapsible sculptures, suspended from the ceiling, made of silk mohair yarn dyed with Kool-Aid, curry, office printer ink or birch leaves. Enter the Corneliu Miklosi Public Transport Museum to see her 5 beautiful works. 

Gunilla Klinberg – Spirit of The Woods can be found in multiple outdoor locations in Timisoara, as well as at the Tram Museum. These are basically a reversed graffiti of simplified plant shapes (generated by cleaning some parts with a high pressure washing). 

Agnieszka Polska – The Wayward Pigeon – the image symbol of the biennale – a messenger pigeon, also exposed in Corneliu Miklosi Public Transport Museum. 

Iulia Toma – Unexpected Dream – an installation made from fabric collages, painted & a video work. This is a beautiful exhibition of a Romanian artist who uses embroidery as a medium for drawing on fabric. 

Sandi Hilal & Alessandro Petti – Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency (in Maria Theresia Bastion) – working across architecture, art and pedagogy, the duo have focused on questions of displacement and exile, as well as justice and equity. 

Behzad Khosravi Noori – Professor Balthazar – inspired by the TV series of the inventive professor and transposed in some posters in bright colours (also in Maria Theresia Bastion). 

Malgorzata Mirga-Tas – three works (patchworks, acrylic on canvas) are exposing women of different ages, quietly gathering together over a coffee or playing card or sewing. The details from little pieces of fabrics are incredible! 

Peles Empire – Tibiscvum – a project of two artists has started with a little sculpture discovered at Banat Museum (from iron age, that survived the fire and time) and the Timisoara special architecture. Enter the room of project in Maria Theresia Bastion. 

Alma Heikkila (at Art Encounters Foundation) – the artist is taking a closer look at the relationship between humans and matter. The work consists of a large scale painting in the middle of the room and surrounded by small objects of clay and plaster. 

Liliana Mercioiu Popa – Variables (at Art Encounters Foundation) – a series of drawings that explores the limits of visibility and the relationship beteen three dimensional and two dimensional representatives. 

And… a special mention: I just loved loved loved the movie made by The Otolith Group – The Third Part of The Third Measure. Find it and listen the music!  

The artists of this edition are: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Dan Acostioaei, Halil Altındere, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Michael Beutler, Irina Botea Bucan & Jon Dean, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Filipa César & Louis Henderson, Kray Chen, Collection Collective, Céline Condorelli, Alexandra Croitoru, Chto delat, Forensic Architecture, Aslan Gaisumov, Ane Graff, Alma Heikkilä, Sandi Hilal & Alessandro Petti, Ane Hjort Guttu, Dora García, Ho Tzu Nyen, Gunilla Klingberg, Gülsün Karamustafa, Behzad Khosravi Noori, Vilmos Koter, Matts Leiderstam, Anne Low, Virginia Lupu, Taus Makhacheva, Liliana Mercioiu Popa, Metahaven, Ana Maria Millán, Malgorzata Mirga-Tas, Naeem Mohaiemen, Monotremu, Tanja Muravskaja, Ciprian Mureșan, Joar Nango, Pınar Öğrenci, Ahmet Ögüt, The Otolith Group, Trevor Paglen, Phillipe Parreno, Gary-Ross Pastrana, Lia Perjovschi, Peles Empire, Thao Nguyen Phan, Zac Langdon-Pole, Agnieszka Polska, Ghenadie Popescu, Vandy Rattana, Walid Raad, Bella Rune, STEALTH.unlimited, Zhou Tao, Iulia Toma, Tur de Arhitectură, Mona Vătămanu & Florin Tudor, Anton Vidokle, Haegue Yang, Mădălina Zaharia, Zephyr, Želimir Žilnik.

Curators: Maria Lind & Anca Rujoiu. 

Photography: www.dreamingof.net, Vlad Cîndea, Ioana Lovin 


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