An Infinite Blue

Solo Show

Stefan Constantinescu

Sa. 7.11. - Mo. 4.12.




 

Stefan Constantinescu see also at Corner College Zurich

opening Thu 6.11. 4 -7 pm

Started in 2009, the ongoing project is titled after a 1970 song by Romanian singer Angela Similea.  The images originate in old Romanian Socialist propaganda photographs that through the artist's rendition, become testaments of a lost period in the artist's youth, that is wrought with nostalgia and longing, while also reflecting a dark moment in history.  

The exhibition will also include several drawings and a video, Dacia 1300: My Generation.

This exhibition takes place in conjunction with the artist's exhibition  at Corner College,I Dreamt of You so Much That...

Stefan Constantinescu is a filmmaker and artist living and working in Stockholm. He works in a multiplicity of mediums including film, photography, artist books and painting. In 2009 he represented Romania at the Venice Biennale with the film Troleibuzul 92. He has exhibited his films and other work in group and solo museum shows throughout Sweden and the rest of Europe.  In 2012 his short film Family Dinner was selected for the competition of the 51st Semaine de la Critique in Cannes, and in 2013 his film Six Big Fish premiered in the international competition Pardi di domani of the Locarno Film Festival.  He is currently working on a feature-length film, Seven Shades of Love, composed of a series of seven shorts portraying the conflict inherent in amorous relationships.

In his stirring 1926 poem, J’ai tant reve de toi, (J’ai tant reve de toi que tu perds ta realite) Robert Desnoslaments the impossibility of real love with the young woman he tries to capture in his dreams. Desnos remains in a state of longing, lost between reality and the idealised image he creates of her, the carnal and the immaterial. He takes refuge in his dreams, the space where he can hold on to her, and as he does, his lover recedes more and more away from reality. Therefore, hope for true connection is futile – the two lovers are but shadows to each other, existing only in the imagination, a third space, or heterotopia to quote Foucault, that mixes reality and fantasy, and allows them to make the impossible possible. 


Much like in Desnos’s poem, the imagination of the characters in Stefan Constantinescu’s three films (of a future seven-film series), Troleibuzul 92, Family Dinner, and Six Big Fish, which in this case is activated through the use of technology, plays a central role to the conflicts and tensions that well up within the relationship of today’s heterosexual couple. And yet, Constantantinescu’s open-ended stories do not cling to the specific events depicted– they reveal larger societal realities, hypocricies, and deformations that force the viewer to question himself and his role as spectator, but also participant, in everyday human dramas. This calling into question of societal structures is an aspect that Jean-Luc Godard considered essential to making films politically today, by ”creating moments of openness and undecidability: moments that also question the structural principles of cinema and the filmer-filmed-viewer contract." 


The exhibition, which in addition to the films also features a photo essay and journal, Northern Lights, revealing private moments, anxieties, and longing typical of the immigrant experience, as well as a pop-up book, The Golden Age, juxtaposing the artist's biography to the history of Romania, his native country, is built as a living room where one hosts friends and relatives, a third space between the public and the private, and yet a bit of both. Here we encounter the artist's most intimate disclosures, transforming us from mere spectator to participant and even more so, a partaker in the artist's life. We are forced to question our role as audience and explore new relationships with art and our environment, an essential element in today's political cinema and art. 

Robert Desnos

J' ai tant reve de toi

Interview mit Stefan Constantinescu

Cannes 2012

Ştefan Constantinescu was born in Bucharest, Romania, in 1968. He lives and works in Stockholm.

STUDIES

1998 Master of Fine Arts, Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden
1996 Bachelor of Art, University of Arts, Bucharest, Romania

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015 (upcoming) lokal_30 Gallery, Warszawa, Poland Curator Agnieszka Rayzacher
2015 (upcoming) Kunstkraftwerk, Leipzig, Germany Curator Olga Stefan
2014 (upcoming) I Dreamt of you so much that…, Corner College, Zürich, Switzerland curator Olga Stefan
2014 (upcoming) Gävle Konstcentrum. Sweden Curator Anna Livion - Ingvarsson
2014 Three Shades of Love, Kalmar konstmuseum Curator: Bengt Olof Johansson, Kalmar, Sweden
2013 Stefan Constantinescu, Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Göteborg, Sweden Curator Johan Sjöström
2012 Troleibuzul 92 and Family Dinner, Film in the White Cube, NorrlandsOperan, Umeå, Sweden Curator Maria Lantz
2012 Troleibuzul 92 and Family Dinner, Art in the Cinema - Moderna Museet, the Mini Cinema, Stockholm, Sweden Curator Catrin Lundqvist
2011 An Infinite Blue, Galerie8, London, UK Curator Audrey Yeo
2009 The Golden Age for Children, Gallery Gal-On Art Space, Tel Aviv, Israel Curator Catrin Lundqvist
2008 The Golden Age for Children, Botkyrka Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden Curators Joanna Sandell and Miriam Andersson-Blecher
2008 Archive of Pain, The Romanian Cultural Institute of Stockholm, Sweden Producer Giorgiana Zachia
2007 Thanks For A Wonderful, Ordinary Day, Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania Curator Oana Tănase
2006 The Passage, H.arta Gallery, Timisoara, Romania
2006 The Passage, Gallery Posibila, Bucharest, Romania
2004 Dacia 1300 – My Generation, The Museum of the Romanian Peasant, Bucharest, Romania Curator Tom Sandqvist
2004 Dacia 1300 – My Generation, Vector Gallery, Iasi, Romania
2004 Dacia 1300 – My Generation, H.arta Gallery, Timisoara, Romania
2004 Dacia 1300 – My Generation, Malmö Art Museum, Malmö, Sweden Curator Tom Sandqvist
2003 Dacia 1300 – My Generation, ID:I Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden Curator Tom Sandqvist
2000 Archive of Pain, co-authors Cristi Puiu and Arina Stoenescu, Sala Dalles, Bucharest, Romania Curator Tom Sandqvist
2000 Archive of Pain, co-authors Cristi Puiu and Arina Stoenescu, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania Curator Tom Sandqvist

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2014 (upcoming) Menagerie: Art Not About Love, Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Detroit, USA Curator Jaime Marie Davis
2014 [silence] – A Holocaust Exhibition, Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art, 2014 Budapest, Hungary Curator Katalin Timár
2014 6 big fish - Malmö Konsthall, C-salen, MALMÖ KONSTMUSEUM@MALMÖ KONSTHALL, Malmö, Sweden
2013 Giving Form to the Impatience of Liberty, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgar, Germany Curators Hans D. Christ, Iris Dressler
2013 I Have A Dream - Greek State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece Curator Agnieszka Rayzacher
2013 I have a Dream, Contemporary Art Center in Thessaloniki, Greece Curator Agnieszka Rayzacher
2013 Art Rotterdam’ 13, presentation of Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, Germany
2012 One Sixth of the Earth: Ecologies of the Image, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany Curator Mark Nash
2012 One Sixth of the Earth: Ecologies of the Image, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain Curator Mark Nash
2012 Memoirs from a Cold Utopia, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia, Curator Eve Kask
2012 Art Stage Singapore’ 12, presentation of Galerie8, London, UK
2011 Beyond the Crisis, 6 Bienal de Curitiba, Brasil, Curators Alfons Hug and Ticio Escobar
2011 C.O.N.T.R.A.V.I.O.L.E.N.C.I.A.S Artistic practices against the aggression to women, Centre de Cultura de Palma, Spain, Curator Piedad Solans
2011 The Last Analog Revolution, A Memory Box presented within the Romanian Cultural Resolution – documentary at 53 International Art Exhibition-La Biennale di Venezia, Italy, Curators Stefan Constantinescu and Xandra Popescu
2011 Memoirs from a Cold Utopia, londonprintstudio, London, UK, Curator Eve Kask
2011 Vienna Fair’ 11, presentation of Waterside Project Space, London
2011 Moving Image, an art fair of contemporary video art, New York, presentation of lokal_30 Gallery, Warszawa
2011 Washed Out, Konsthall C / Central Tvätt, Stockholm, Sweden, Curators Corina Oprea, Isabel Löfgren, Judith Souriau, Milena Placentile, and Valerio Del Baglivo
2010 Video Zone #5– International Video Art Biennial, Tel Aviv, Israel Curator Chen Tamir, Guest curator Irina Cios
2010 ARTISSIMA 17, Torino, presentation of lokal_30 Gallery, Warszawa
2010 Audience as Subject, Part 1: Medium, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA Curator Betti-Sue Hertz
2010 C.O.N.T.R.A.V.I.O.L.E.N.C.I.A.S Artistic practices against the aggression to women, Koldo Mitxelena Cultural Centre, San Sebastia, Spain, Curator Piedad Solans
2010 Bless my homeland forever, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria, Curators Ioana Marinescu and Karoline Mayer
2010 Going Places, Re-thinking Tourism, Gotlands Konstmuseum, Visby, Sweden, Curator Angelica Blomhage
2010 Handlung. On Producing Possibilities, Bucharest Biennale 4, Bucharest, Romania, Curator Felix Vogel
2010 Vienna Fair’ 10, presentation of Waterside Project Space, London
2010 Art Cologne, presentation of lokal_30 Gallery, London-Warszawa
2010 The Seductiveness of the Interval, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, USA, Curator Alina Serban
2010 All that remains… The Teenagers of Socialism, Waterside Project Space, London, England, Curator Maxa Zoller
2010 And the moral of the story is…, Apex Art, New York City, USA curator Zoe Gray
2010 MORALITY: Act III, And the moral of the story is…, Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art,Rotterdam, Holland curator Zoe Gray
2009 The social critique 1993-2005, Kalmar konstmuseum, Kalmar, Sweden, Curator Martin Schibli
2009 The Seductiveness of the Interval, Romanian Pavilion, 53 International Art Exhibition-La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy, Curator Alina Serban
2009 Dada East? Contextes roumains du Dadaïsme, Tourcoing, France, Curators Zofia Machinicka and Adrian Notz
2009 Portraits of the artists as young artist, Andreiana Mihail Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
2008 The Map: Navigating the Present, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden Curator Jan-Erik Lundström
2008 Periferic 8 – Art as Gift, Biennial for Contemporary Art, Iași, Romania Curator Dóra Hegyi
2008 Dada East? Romanian Context of Dadaizm, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Polen Curators Zofia Machinicka and Adrian Notz
2008 There and Here, wip:konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden Curator Karolina Pahlén
2007 Dada East? The Romanians of Cabaret Voltaire, Färgfabriken, Stockholm, Sweden Curator Adrian Notz
2006 Dada East? The Romanians of Cabaret Voltaire, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, Switzerland Curator Adrian Notz
2006 indirect speech, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany Curator Alina Serban
2005 Minnesbilder, Skulpturens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden Curator Viveca Lindenstrand
2005 On Difference #1. Local Contexts – Hybrid Spaces, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany Curators Hans D. Christ and Iris Dressler
2004 Blick 2004, Kunstverein Munich, Germany and Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden Curators Maria Lind, Anna Livion-Ingvarsson, Cecilia Widenheim
2003 Narration in Swedish Contemporary Art, Norrköpings Konstmuseum, Norrköping, Sweden Curator Marianne Hultman
2002 Public Art TransEuropa – Position: Romania, MuseumsQuartier, Quartier 21, Vienna, Austria Curator Susanne Neuburger

SELECTED SCREENINGS, ARTIST TALKS

2014 Friday Lecture on Disruptive Convictions - Stefan Constantinescu, Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden
2014 I Dreamt of You so Much That..., Dok 18 - Rote Fabrik, Zürich, Switzerland
2014 Malmö Konsthall, C-salen, Malmö, Sweden
2013 Romanian Cultural Centre, London, UK
2010 Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland
2010 Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art / Plarform, Finland
2010 Kingston University, London, UK
2010 Goldsmiths College, London, UK
2009 Screening of The Passage, Eastside Projects, Extra Special People: Salon, Presented by Viviana Checchia, Birmingham, England
2009 Screening of The Passage and Troleibuzul 92, The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
2006 Screening of The Passage within Politics of Space – conference in the context of the exhibitionOn Difference #2: Grenzwertig, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany, Curators Hans D. Christ and Iris Dressler
2006 Artist talk – parallel event within Chaos: The Age of Confusion, Bucharest Biennial 2, Bucharest, Romania

FILMOGRAPHY

2013 6 Big Fish, Producer ATMO, Stockholm, Sweden
2012 Middag Med Familjen, Producer ATMO, Stockholm, Sweden
2009 My Beautiful Dacia, co-director Julio Soto, Producers The ThinkLab Media, Madrid, Spain and Hifilm Productions, Bucharest, Romania
2009 Troleibuzul 92, Producer Comitetul Central, Bucharest, Romania
2005 The Passage, 62 min. Producer: Stefan Constantinescu
2003 Dacia 1300 – My Generation, 62 min. Producer: Stefan Constantinescu
2002 The Baron, 22.02.2002 (based on a concept by Cristi Puiu), 45 min. Producer: Stefan Constantinescu

WRITER

2014 Viking Line Story, co-writer Xandra Popescu
2014 Dulce de Leche (short)
2014 Prologen (short)
2012 6 Big Fish (short), co-writer Xandra Popescu
2011 Middag Med Familjen (short), co-writer Xandra Popescu
2009 My beautiful Dacia (documentary - fiction), co-writer Julio Soto
2009 Troleibuzul 92 (short)

FILM FESTIVALS

2013 6 BIG FISH, competition Pardi di domani of the Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland
2013 6 BIG FISH, competition Best Swedish Short Award - Göteborg International Film Festival, Sweden
2012 Family Dinner, Kinoforum - Festival Internacional de Curtas Metragens de São Paulo, Brazil
2012 Family Dinner, Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia
2012 Family Dinner, European Film Festival Palic, Serbia
2012 Family Dinner, Transylvania International Film Festival, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2012 Family Dinner, Semaine de la Critique, Cannes, France
2012 Family Dinner, Göteborg Film Festival, Göteborg, Sweden
2011 Troleibuzul 92, Göteborg Film Festival, Göteborg, Sweden
2010 My Beautiful Dacia, Corona Cork Film Festival, Ireland
2010 My Beautiful Dacia, Annual Margaret Mead Film & Video Festiva, New York, USA
2010 My Beautiful Dacia, Mediterranean Film Festival in Siroki Brijeg, Bosnia and Herzegovina
2010 My Beautiful Dacia, San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, San Francisco, USA
2010 My Beautiful Dacia, Jihlava International Documentary Film Festiva, Prague, Czech Repulic
2010 My Beautiful Dacia, Festival International de Cine Documental de la Ciudat de Mexico, Mexico
2010 My Beautiful Dacia, Medimed Documentary Film Market, Barcelona, Spain
2010 My Beautiful Dacia, Festival de Cine de Pamplona, Spain
2010 My Beautiful Dacia, Iasi International Film Festival, Iasi, Romania
2010 My Beautiful Dacia, Sardinia International Ethnographic Film Festival, Nuoro, Italy
2010 My Beautiful Dacia, Documentarist, Istanbul, Turkey
2010 Troleibuzul 92andMy Beautiful Dacia, Transylvania International Film Festival, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2010 My Beautiful Dacia, Documenta Madrid, Madrid, Spania
2010 My Beautiful Dacia, Tempo Documentary Festival, Stockholm, Sweden
2010 My Beautiful Dacia, ZagrebDOX, Zagreb, Croatia
2010 My Beautiful Dacia, Trieste Film Festival, Trieste, Italy
2010 My Beautiful Dacia, Astra Film Festival, Sibiu, Romania
2010 My Beautiful Dacia, Montreal World Film Festival, Montreal, Canada
2007 The Passage, Tempo Documentary Festival, Stockholm, Sweden
2006 The Passage, Transylvania International Film Festival, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2006 The Passage, festivalul cARTfilm, Iasi, Romania
2006 The Passage, Göteborg Film Festival, Göteborg, Sweden
2004 Dacia 1300 – My Generation, 8th Annual Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Paris, France

TV BROADCAST

2012 Family Dinner, HBO East
2011 My Beautiful Dacia, ADR/MDR (Germany)
2011 My Beautiful Dacia, YLE (Finland)
2011 My Beautiful Dacia, TVR (Romania)
2011 My Beautiful Dacia, Televisio de Catalunya (Spain)
2010 My Beautiful Dacia, SVT (Sweden)
2011 My Beautiful Dacia, Channel 4 (UK)

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

KIASMA, Helsinki, Finland
Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la creation, Paris, France
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania
Malmö Museum of Contemporary Art, Malmö, Sweden

PUBLICATIONS

2013 Stefan Constantinescu, Göteborg Konstmuseum, Sweden
2011 Romanian Cultural Resolution, Contemporary Art in Romania, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern, Germany
2009 Stefan Constantinescu, The Romanian Cultural Institute of Stockholm, Labyrinth Press, pionier press, Stockholm, Sweden
2008 The Golden Age for Children, The Romanian Cultural Institute of Stockholm, Labyrinth Press, pionier press, Stockholm, Sweden
2006 Northern Lights, IDEA arts+society, No. 23, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2003 Dacia 1300 – My Generation, Simetria, Bucharest, Romania
2000 Archive of Pain, pionier press, Stockholm, Sweden

SELECTED ARTICLES

2013 Eskil Larsson "Ștefan Constantinescu på Göteborgs Konstmuseum". Radio P1 (Publicerat: tisdag 24 september kl 08:00 , Kulturnytt)
2011 Richard Unwin, “Romanian project to premiere at Venice”, The Art Newspaper, June 2011, London, UK
2011 Magnus Bons, “På jakt efter invärtesminnet”, Konstperspektiv, Nr 2 May, Stockholm, Sweden
2011 Marianna Liosi, “Stefan Constantinescu”, Drome Magazine, Italy
2011 Chris Bors, “Audience as Subject, Part 1: Medium”, Artforum International Magazine (January), New York, USA
2011 Luisa Etxenike, “Vuelco radical”, El Pais (24.02), Madrid, Spain
2010 Amanda Cachia, “Audience as Subject, Part 1: Public Relations”, Canadian Art (WINTER 2010–11), Toronto, Canada
2010 Kenneth Baker, Chronicle Art Critic, “Audience as Subject: Part I: Medium”, SFGate (9 december), San Fracisco, USA
2010 Michele Carlson “Audience as Subject, Part I: Medium”, Art Practical – Online Magazine (2.6)
2010 RTVE, “CONTRAVIOLENCIAS, Prácticas artísticas contra la agresión a la mujerl”, Metropolis, programa semanal sobre cultura y arte contemporáneo, Madrid, Spain
2010 Richard Unwin, “Iron Curtain project unites European artists from East and West”, The Art Newspaper, Jul 2010, London, UK
2010 Alexander Ferrando, “From Venice to the Renaissance Society”, Flash Art, July
2010 Daniel Tucker, “The Bucharest Biennale 4: Getting Real”, Hart International, June 2010 Sinziana Ravini, “Bukarestbiennalen BB4”, Göteborg_Posten, June
2010 Daniel Tucker, “Truth is Stranger On the Bucharest Biennale 4: Handlung. On Producing Possibilities”, Art-Agenda, June
2010 Jamie Keesling, “The Seductiveness of the Interval at The Renaissance Society”, Chicago Art Criticism, May
2010 Roxanne Samer, “The Seductiveness of the Interval at The Renaissance Society”, Chicago Art Magazine, May
2009 Lynn Macritchie, “Melancholy Giardini: The National Pavilions”, Art in America, September
2009 Catherine Millet, “Venise – Participations nationales”, Artpress, No. 359
2009 Patricia Bickers, Art Monthly, July-August
2009 Barbara A. MacAdam, “Reviews – 53rd Venice Biennale”, Art News, Summer
2009 Astrid Mania, “AUSNAHMEN VON DER SELBSTGENÜGSAMKEIT”, Artnet, Juni
2009 Simona Nastac, “New Media, New Europe”, Eikon – International Magazine for Photography and Media Art No. 63
2007 Sinziana Ravini, “An Archive of Pain in the Palace of Oblivion”, Site No. 21
2007 Alina Șerban, “Dada East? The Romanians of Cabaret Voltaire”, Flash ArtNo. 258
2007 Simona Nastac, “Ștefan Constantinescu”, Flash Art No. 256
2006 “Focus Romania”, Flash Art No. 251
2005 Ulrika Stahre, “Så kort är ett liv – och så långt”, Aftonbladet 24 November
2004 Susanne Neuburger, “Ștefan Constantinescu: Dacia 1300 – My Generation”, Springerin No. 3
2004 Martin Schibli, “Med rumänsk folkbil till det förflutna”, Helsingborgs Dagblad
2004 Jelena Zetterström, “Jelena Zetterström ser Ștefan Constantinescu”, Sydsvenskan 30 March
2003 Andreas Engström, “Centraleuropeisk ‘professionalism’ i den svenska idyllen?”, Nutida Musik No. 4
2003 Milou Allerholm, “Framtidens bil”, På stan Dagens Nyheter 31 October
2003 Milou Allerholm, “Konsten att berätta”, Dagens Nyheter 31 October
2003 Cristina Karlstam, “Berättelser i ung svensk konst”, Uppsala Nya Tidning 24 October
2003 Bo Borg, “Konsten som berättar”, Norrköpings Tidningar
2003 Ulrika Stahre, “Tomheten vinner”, Aftonbladet 4 November
2003 Pauli Olavi Kuivanen, “Konsten har blivit mer tillgänglig”, Norrköpings Tidningar 24 October
2003 Måns Hirschfeldt, “Globala vyer”, Bildbyrån, P 1, Sveriges Radio 1 December

SELECTED GRANTS

2011 Stockholm Kulturstipendium
2009 The Swedish Arts Grants Committee: Two-Year Working Grant
2008 Media Desk Broadcast Grant for My Beautiful Dacia, co-director Julio Soto
2008 The Swedish Arts Grants Committee Project Support for The Golden Age for Children
2007 Romanian National Film Board Grant for My Beautiful Dacia, co-director Julio Soto
2004 The Swedish Arts Grants Committee Project Support for The Passage
2004 The Swedish Arts Grants Committee: Two-Year Working Grant
2004 The Swedish Arts Grants Committee Project Support for Dacia 1300 – My Generation
1999 The Swedish Arts Grants Committee Project Support for Archive of Pain
1999 The Swedish Arts Grants Committee: Two-Year Working Grant

SELECTED PRIZES

2010 Jury Award “Best International TV Documentary” for My Beautiful Dacia at The International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City, Mexico
2010 Second Prize, jury award for My Beautiful Dacia, Documenta Madrid, Spania