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"RO-MD/Moldova in Two Scenarios" Project

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Period: May – October 2008
Project partners: KSAK Center for Contemporary Art, Chisinau and VECTOR Association, Iasi, Romania

RO-MD/Moldova in Two Scenarios is a collaboration project between Contemporary Art Center from Chisinau and VECTOR Association from Iasi that consist in a series of interdisciplinary workshops, production of 3 documentary films ( one film will be produced by VECTOR and 2 others by KSAK Center ), 2 theoretical seminars that will take place in Iasi and Chisinau, a project publication and final exhibition produced by KSAK Center in Chisinau, Moldova (October 2008). The project results will be also shown in the frame of 8 Periferic Biennale organized by VECTOR in Iasi, Romania (October 2008).

The 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.

RO-MD/Moldova in Two Scenarios is supported by funds from CANTEMIR Program/ICR, Bucharest, PATTERNS Program, ERSTE Foundation, Vienna, and MONDRIAAN Stichting, Amsterdam.

Project partners in Moldova: Ethnography and Natural History Museum, Chisinau and National History Museum, Chisinau, Fine Arts College „Al. Plamadeala”.

*Center for Contemporary Art-[KSA:K] is a non-profit, independent institution registered in the year 2000. The new 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.

* Vector> Association is a non-profit cultural association that provides the production of exhibition and educational programs, research and editing activities, analyzes of the relations between the art practices and visual culture in socio-political context. Vector> supports those practices related to social re-articulation, political consciousness and economical transformation that brings critical analyses that could offer reinterpretations of the attitudes and behavior from the perspective of cultural action. Link: www.periferic.org

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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