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Ioana Tanasescu


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Cluj-Napoca
Romania
Tel.: (0040) 740 031 130
Email: Ioanas.tanasescu@yahoo.com

Din A4 - Ioana Tanasescu

Din A4 - Ioana Tanasescu

CV breve

Ioana Tanasescu, born in 1990, Cluj-Napoca, Rumania

Education and profesional experience

2008 à 2011 and 2011 à 2012 Masters at the University Lucian Blaga, Sibiu, Rumania, profile Cultural Management.
Ecole des Beaux Arts de Rennes, France, sculpture - video
Arts and Design University , profile Sculpture, Cluj-Napoca (RO)
2004 à 2008 Art Highschool, Romul Ladea, Cluj Napoca (RO)
Workshops and group exhibitions in Sweden, France, Bulgaria, Morocco, between others countries. Pending a European Erasmus Scholarship to follow working with the International Din A4 Project, based in Málaga, Spain.

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Reflection and Artist Statement

“I was born (1990) in an East European country, so like most (sensible) people who live in post-communist countries I`ve developed a weakness towards pain, suffering and need of affection. My work is revolving around figurative sculpture, mostly portraits and mostly imaginary figures which hold different kinds of expressions, in order to suggest a state of mind, a feeling or therefore lack of…
Along with the passing of time I`ve observed, felt and lived a wide range of situations, most of them emotionally painful, so, the work I create comes from my individual humanity but also from humanity itself, which involves history, war, genocide, natural disasters and political corruption all over the globe…”

“I began working with stone when I was 12 (2002). My teacher gave me some tools and a big rock and asked me to do something…and so I did. This was the beginning of a complex journey which has yet to end. The context of this beginning I shall not describe here, but I will continue describing my areas of interest in this amazing art.
Everything started because of my passion for Africa, it`s culture, music and people, as every drawing, sketch or piece of material I touched, became something related to it. I started collecting albums, records and books starting Antiquity, I began researching about the slavery period and started to understand what it was all about. This made me happy…”

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Statement (continue)

“All high school years(2004-2008) I worked with ceramics. wood, and stone and my final work was composed of 2 wooden sculptures inspired by Oceanic and continental African Art, spirituality and way of life. This ensemble was to be set in a natural space, as it represented a homage to the nature and the utopia of human intervention without destruction.
After the beautiful years of high school, I decided to continue, going to Arts University in Cluj Napoca, in the sculpture department (2008). My passion for Africa stayed with me for one more year but started to dissolve (for a short while) in the grey, limited environment of the “atelier”. This first year of University was also my first year in the real life, where people disagree, argue, and work against you even without a reason.
The second year of University (2009-2010) I spent in Bretagne at the Ecole des Beaux Arts de Rennes, France, where my perspectives obviously changed.
I was surrounded by Celtic culture, but my interests were directing towards pain once again, as I started research about WAR as a concept and also the atrocities committed by mankind along history. I began with a journey, on my birthday.
It was at Auschwitz.
Everything I experienced in this short week in Silezia (the most literally dark region of Poland) constitutes the root for the final installation composed of 5 human figures presenting different kinds of expressions transmitting all varieties of suffering. This project was also my first personal exhibition in a Bistrot/Gallery in Rennes. The public was surprisingly interested in my reasons for creating such horrible figures and I happily explained them to everyone. These pieces remained in the basement of the Bistrot for 2 long years, after which I brought them home. I am planning on casting them in bronze and donating them to the Jewish synagogue in Cluj-Napoca, Romania…”

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Statement (continue)

“History should be remembered! This was my motivation and my goal towards young generations that forget where they come from and therefore do not know where they are heading, so as history has a way of repeating, ignorance is a dangerous tool.
The third year of University, I returned home, to finish my licence. It was very difficult to re-adjust to the “climate” in the East, as few people were open to what I was doing. I started to prepare a project “Hunchback”, which would have been composed of 7 pieces miniature and monumental sculpture, wood and bronze with a light installation, showing the deformation of body as an effect of the destruction of the soul. So, this idea describes the essence as coming from inside-out and showing, not the other way around, as our wonderful society argues (plastic-surgery, make-up, clothes, money…etc). This being said, everything you have is inside yourself, and must be grown and cultivated, like a flower. Of course, this project didn`t happen (yet), as I was demanded to make a more “contemporary” installation which became so conceptual that I could barely recognize myself in it. It was composed of 10 traffic signs which showed different problems of the society such as: lack of medication for terminal patients, shutting down hospitals, racism, discrimination…etc.
Once I finished Arts University, I was determined to “step out of the system`s cage”, but a masters degree came in my way.
So, I embraced it and went along with Cultural Management. The first semester was quite interesting and I felt I was learning many new and useful things, but as time went by I realized that I was no longer a Sculptor but a papers slave, walking around asking people for signatures. This was the end of it.
(Still, I didn`t stop my studies) I took the first rock I saw and started a sculpture. And so, I realized once again that the Earth is my inspiration, my water, my air and that sculpture is my life.
I participated in a workshop about modernity, in Sweden (Ostersund), invited by my teacher from Rennes, Alain Bourges, and this happened right after my first journey to the red earth of Africa (the place where I regained my strength and felt the bond with nature and Universe even more intensely).
During this workshop I initiated a project “Spiritual versus Material” , which I am still working on. This is about the deep contrast between our spiritual self and our physical self and also debating the indifference of contemporary society towards the human soul.
In the present day (30 May 2012) I am writing my final paper for the Masters Degree and moving to Andalucia for a couple of months to decide what I am heading towards in this lifetime and for sure, sculpture will come along as a loyal part of myself….”
Ioana Tanasescu, May, 2012

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Resumen en Español

Ioana Tanasescu, nacido en 1990, Cluj-Napoca, Rumania. 2008 à 2011 y 2011 A 2012 Masters de la Universidad Lucian Blaga, Sibiu, Rumania, (gestión cultural). Escuela de Bellas Artes de Rennes, Francia, la escultura – video, Artes y Diseño de la Universidad, el perfil de Escultura, de Cluj-Napoca (RO) 2004 a 2008 Arte, Romul Ladea, Cluj-Napoca (RO)
Talleres y exposiciones colectivas en Suecia, Francia, Bulgaria, Marruecos, entre otros países. Actualmente en trámite de una beca Erasmus Europea para trabajar con el Proyecto Internacional de Din A4, con sede en Málaga, España.

Portfolio

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About DIN A4

The Project DIN A4 is a Collection of Contemporary Art of works produced in this designated size. The collection shows a transverse cut through the art from 2000 till now