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Interdisciplinary Workshop/ First Session
RO-MD/Moldova in Two Scenarios Project

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Period: 27 of June-10 of July
Location: KSAK-Contemporary Art Center, Chisinau

Interdisciplinary workshop is part of RO-MD/Moldova in Two Scenarios Project and is a temporary research and production platform in which invited artist will elaborate and produce the projects in collaboration with the experts from fields such as: sociology, history, economy, politics, etc from Moldova and Romania. A number of visual projects will be produced by the artists in conjunction with social, economic and political contexts of two Moldova regions. The projects will become part of the final exhibition and publication produced by the Center for Contemporary art from Chisinau.

Participants: Alexandru Grigoras/Romania, Dumitru Oboroc/Romania, Lavinia German/Romania, Dan Acostoiaei/Romania, Violeta Ionita/Romania, Vadim Tiganas/Moldova, Ghenadie Popescu/Moldova, Victor Ciobanu/Moldova, Vladimir Us/Moldova, Tatiana Fiodorov/Moldova, Maxim Cuzmenco/Moldova, Igor Scerbina/Moldova.

The workshop will take place at KSAK Center where invited experts from fields such as: sociology, history, economy, architecture, museography, visual arts, etc from Moldova, Romania and Holland will present a series of lectures and presentations. List of invited lecturers:

*Petru Negura (born 1974, based in Chisinau) superior lecturer at USM (Chisinau), doctor in sociology at E.H.E.S.S. (Paris) and former student at PhD School from Bucharest and New Europe College Alumnus (Bucharest). (statement, pdf)

*Igor Casu (born 1973, based in Chisinau) researcher and scientific coordinator at Institute of History, State and Law. Universitary lecturer at Pedagogic University Ion Creanga, Chisinau. (statement, pdf)

*Eugen Bazgu (born. 1955, based in Chisinau) architect, Director Scientific Coordinator of the Village Museum, Chisinau

*Mihai Ursu - (born. 1952 based in Chisinau), Director of Ethnography and Natural History Museum, Chisinau

*Matei Bejenaru - (born. 1963, Based in Iasi ) artist, curator, since 1999, professor of photography and video at the Art University of Iasi, Romania

*Ilya Rabnovich - (born 1965, based in Amsterdam) visual artist (photographer),

*Dan Acostioaei - (born. 1974, based in Iasi), visual artist (photo-video)

RO-MD/Moldova in Two Scenarios Project aim is to investigate by juxtaposing the current cultural, social and political situation in two Moldova regions. The project will comment upon the former and current conditions of two patterns: post-socialist and post-soviet of two societies decades after the collapse of eastern block and dismantling of Soviet Union. In the same time the project team will look closely in to the future scenarios of the society’s in question. The project team will investigate the contexts of two Moldova regions, one being part of Romania, a new EU member state, and the other, a post-soviet independent republic. After the Second World War, the two regions "experienced" different "ways"/evolutions of socialism, the Ceausescu dictatorship in Romania characterized by protocronist nationalism applied on gated socialism and the "Brejnev soviet style" which was replaced later by Gorbatchev’s Perestroika and Glasnost in Republic of Moldova. These and other aspects related to the development of two regions will be analyzed during the interdisciplinary workshop sessions and also during theoretical seminars that will take place in Iasi, Romania and Chisinau, Moldova with invited participants from Romania, Moldova, Germany, Holland, Hungary and South Korea.

The project is partnership collaboration between KSAK-Center for Contemporary Art, Chisinau, Moldova and Vector Association from Iasi, Romania. The project is supported by funds from, CANTEMIR Program/ICR, Bucharest PATTERNS Program/ERSTE Foundation, Vienna and MONDRIAAN Stichting, Amsterdam.

Center for Contemporary Art-[KSA:K] is a non-profit, independent institution registered in the year 2000. The strategy of the Center is the development of cultural forms and art practices, which would reflect the dynamic of the social, political and economic transformations of the society. Center supports the advocacy activities in promoting of cultural policies suitable for the defining and the consolidation of artist position and contemporary art practices in the society.

Stefan Rusu- artist/curator
RO-MD/Moldova in Two Scenarios Project Curator
Center for Contemporary Art-[KSA:K],
Str. Independentei 1, Post code 2043,
Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Tel. +37322 772507,
tel/fax: +37322 573395

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