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in the frame of RO-MD/Moldova in two scenarios project

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The seminar is organised by Centrul for Contemporary Art – KSAK, Chisinau in partnership with VECTOR Association.

Period: 25-26 of October, 2008

Location: Museum of Romanian Literature, M. Kogalniceanu, str. 31 August 1989, Chisinau

The seminar is part of RO-MD/Moldova in Two Scenarios project and will be structured in two sessions. In the first session will be analyzed. The first section will focus on the analysis of the current context of inter-relation between Romania and Moldova. This relation will be viewed and commented upon from within Moldova, as well as from outside the EU.

Moderator (First Session): Matei Bejenaru - vizual artist/president of Vector and co-organiser of RO-MD/Moldova in Two Scenarios.

The second section will be dedicated to the presentation of curatorial practices and artistic strategies exploring the contexts of some divided (split up) territories. This part of the seminar is rather important from the point of view of media coverage of the RO-MD interrelation and placement of the latter in a wider international context, including through presenting and commenting upon some different cases: ongoing projects in Myanmar (Burma) - begun since 1997 - where divisions are drawn by religion, ethnicities and the need for survival in a harsh political environment presented by Jay Koh - artist and cultural manager currently based in Ulaanbaatar, the social and economic context of the two ex-divided, and now unified regions of Germany (DRG, and FRG), presented by Laura Shleussner - freelance curator from Berlin, as well as some scenarios on cultural approximation of the two Moldova regions in a new regional geopolitical context produced by Catalin Gheorghe-curator from Iasi and Lilia Dragneva-curator from Chisinau.

Moderator (II Session): Stefan Rusu- visual artist/curator of RO-MD/Moldova in Two Scenarios project

Participants: visual artists, curators and experts (sociologists, historians, political annalists):

Matei Bejenaru/Iasi, Flavius Solomon/Iasi, Sorin Bocancea/Iasi, Catalin Gheorghe/Iasi, Stefan Rusu/Chisinau, Dumitru Crudu/Chisinau, Igor Casu/Chisinau, Laura Shleussner/Berlin, Jay Koh/Ulaanbataar-Berlin, Lilia Dragneva/Chisinau, Tatiana Fiodorova/Chisinau, Ghenadie Popescu/Chisinau, Vadim Tiganas/Chisinau, Igor Scerbina/Chisinau, Maxim Kusmenco/Chisinau, Denis Bartenev/Chisinau.

RO-MD/Moldova in Two Scenarios project aim is to investigate by juxtaposing the current cultural, social and political situation in two Moldova regions. (Moldova region from Romania and the Republic of Moldova).

RO-MD/Moldova in Two Scenarios is organised by Center for Contemporary Art, Chisinau in partnership with VECTOR Association, Iasi, Romania.

The project is supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute through the CANTEMIR Program, 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 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. ( 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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