Dan Pierșinaru | Mutation

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    Dan Pierșinaru – Mutation

    From the 27th of November onwards.

    Curator: Olivia Nițiș

    Between the 27th of November and the 14th of January 2014, the artist Dan Pierșinaru will be returning to the Contemporary art space at Aiurart with a personal photography exhibition.

    Curated by Olivia Nițiș, the exhibition opens up new perspectives regarding the ways in which one goes about understanding themselves. Thus, his photographs counterpose unusual elements showing up in the most familiar settings with familiar instances occurring in the most bizarre settings.

    In projects that have reinforced his multimedia artist status, such as ‘Be There’ (2004, Huesca, Spain), ‘Essay about Preservation’ (2006, Bucharest, Romania) or ‘Culturescapes’ (2007, Basel, Switzerland), photography, video art and installations were skilfully combined to accommodate complex states of mind. By using such tools, he puts together art installations where the identity leitmotif is being mixed in with issues addressing the transition of a given place or human character with the passing of the time, compositions and states of mind being generated by accident or spontaneous movements and feelings shaping the ambivalence, the anonymity and the sheer evanescence that surrounds him

    For Mutation, Dan Piersinaru chooses an austere discourse focused on the process of forgetting, where the contact with the image takes place in the direction of assuming an unfixed category, revealing not only a subjective and selective reality, but a rather unstable one. The enthusiasm of a feeling or the panic of a moment recorded in images flows into a softening process, a self-defense mechanism of the brain, which thus can assimilate such new experiences and feelings. Remembering a moment, a face, or an object changes into a kind of mutation blur at the same time facilitating the transition to something else.

    “Dan Piersinaru’s mutation is a human condition that we align to, even image consumers, especially since the image produced at a certain time, once consumed and archived is hopelessly replaced, both by the transmitter and receiver. The fragility of memory that Dan Piersinaru’s photography speaks about is one that requires the personal and collective conservation effort. The photo installation is designed to encapsulate us in a database of a mind that has recorded images, states, moments and which reconstructs a path precisely through the abstraction produced by obliteration.

    Short or long term memory loss, amnesia are not part of the conceptual and technical circuit proposed by the artist who is not interested in forgetting as a clinical phenomenon, although he remains connected to the image psychology from the perspective of the natural process of active change in the human memory according to specific cognitive biological data, environment, age and context. Dan Piersinaru builds an environment in which the image is in the intermediate stage, somehow dislocated and distemporal. It’s a suspended image subjected to a mutation towards abstraction or complete blurriness, towards the something nothing, and not least towards completely something else.

    The Mutation exhibition is an exercise of reflecting the limits of memory on the level of image reception and a chance to reflect on these limits, never the same, always different”

    Olivia Nițiș – curator

    Translated and adapted into English by Bogdan Lepadatu


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