GOOD GIRLS. Memory, Desire, Power - National Museum For Contemporary Art, Bucharest/ Romania, June - September 2013

Opening: 20.06, 19h00

Curator: Bojana Pejić (Berlin)
Co-Curator: Olivia Nițiș (Bucharest)
Architects: Kalliopi Dimou and Sorin Istudor

Exhibition initiated by Marilena Preda Sânc, artist and professor at the National University of Arts in Bucharest.

Good Girls is an international exhibition offering a broad perspective on contemporary women’s art practices. The exhibition is structured around three concepts central to contemporary women’s practices worldwide: memory, desire and power.
The Memory section presents artworks relating to issues of collective remembrance and individual memory. The works deal with the re-construction of family histories, trauma and loss, collective amnesia and with re-writing women’s histories and genealogies.
Desire comprises works investigating multiple configurations of identity, corporeality and sexuality. Artists question culturally-shaped stereotypes of femininity and its normative representation.
The section of Power gathers the artworks around forms of social critique and activism. Deconstructing ideologies and discussing power relations as well as community work and ethical aspects shape artists’ political comments within various cultural borders. 

With Necla Ruzgar (Tur), Olivia Nițis (Ro), Bojana Pejić (De)

Renée Renard

can be watched on:

I love poppies for their timelessness. In May 2012 I spent a whole day in a poppy field making photos for a project about my French ancestors. It was windy and the petals were floating in the air as if they had a life of their own. A Greek legend sais that when Persephone was abducted by Hades the god of the underworld, her mother Demeter, the goddess of agriculture and fertility, ate poppies in order to fall asleep and forget her grief.
I always wanted to have children of my own... but it never happened. And when I finally met the man of my life, it was too late. I had to have hysterectomy.
Like a Poppy Petal uses images from my own surgery. It was very difficult for me when I had to watch the complete recording for the first time. This video talks about fears, worries and the vulnerability of the being, sometimes as frail as a poppy petal: the absolutely suffocating fear of the unknown, when you lay down on the operation table and wish that god Hypnos wreathed with poppies will safely hold you in his arms; the worries of how you will live knowing that you are not „complete” anymore; and the vulnerability in front of the sometimes so condescendent Others.

Artists: Nina Arbore (Ro), Ethel Băiaș (Ro), Ana Bănică (Ro), Jurga Barilaitė (Lt), Bureau of Melodramatic Research - Irina Gheorghe & Alina Popa (Ro), Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz (De), Geta Brătescu (Ro), Irina Broboană (Ro), Mina Byck-Wepper (Ro), Filipa Cezar (Pt), CHIRKLI Collective (Can), Anetta Mona Chișa & Lucia Tkačová (Ro), Ioana Ciocan (Ro), Maria Ciurdea Steurer (Ro), Alexandra Croitoru (Ro), Larisa Crunțeanu (Ro), Cecilia Cuțescu – Storck (Ro), Suzana Dan (Ro), Anna Daučikova (Sk), Cristina David (Ro), Lucia Dem Bălăcescu (Ro), Bianka Dobo (Hun), Simona Dobrescu (Ro), Sandra Dukić & Boris Glamočanin (BiH), Elian (Ro), Suzana Fântânariu (Ro), Aniela Firon (Ro), Mariela Gemisheva (Bg), Chengyao He (Cn), Iraida Icaza (Pa), Corina Ilea (Ro), Orit Ishay (Isr), Hristina Ivanoska (Mkd), Sanja Iveković (Hr), Anna Jermolaewa (Rus), Regina José Galindo (Gtm), Adela Jusić (BiH), Gülsün Karamustafa (Tur), Mihaela Kavdanska (Ro), Lesya Khomenko (Ukr), Aurora Kiraly (Ro), Katrazyna Kozyra (Pol), Elke Krystufek (Aut), Ana Lupaș (Ro), Flavia Lupu (Ro), Romana Mateiaș (Ro), Olivia Mihălțianu (Ro), Adina Paula Moscu (Ro), Anca Munteanu – Rimnic (Ro), Ioana Nemeș (Ro), Ilona Németh (Sk), Alexandra Pirici (Ro), Delia Popa (Ro), Marilena Preda – Sânc (Ro), Renee Renard (Ro), Necla Ruzgar (Tur), Véronique Sapin (Fra), Liina Siib (Est), Hito Steyerl (De), Patricia Teodorescu (Ro), Milica Tomić (Srb), Roxana Trestioreanu (Ro), Martha Wilson (USA)

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