EXPOSITION – INSTALLATION

NU TE SUPARA FRATE / SORRY

(et moi, Confucius je n’ai pas encore pu faire faire le premier pour mon ami ce que j’exige que mon ami fasse pour moi…)

Curateur OLIVIA NITIS

Vernissage le 29 janvier à 19h00

Du 29 janvier au 22 février 2014

Galerie Victoria Art Center,

Calea Victoriei 12C, Bucarest, Roumanie

Tel 0311020512

E-mail office@artvictoria.ro
Mon oeuvre et la vie de ma famille sont marqués par notre exil de la Roumanie vers la France en 1986. Dés le début, une recherche d'identité, marqué par ma situation originelle avec la dictature qui écrase et conduit beaucoup de personnes à "l'état d'attente", état favorisé par la culture orthodoxe qui pousse à l'acceptation ou à la martyrologie telle que mon ami Ion Grigorescu l'a revendiquée.

J'ai vécu cet immobilisme "ce temps gelé" comme une obligation au défi permanent. Alors l'éxil agit en conséquence comme une forge activant les flammes de la mémoire et de l'identité : la rupture induite par l'éxil rend cette recherche encore plus essentielle et double la thématique de la mémoire, de la reconstruction d'une histoire.

Ma première exposition de peinture en 1978 à Bucarest, posait déjà le corps et la mort au centre de mon travail. En 1980, dans la même ville, à la galerie Simeza, la fragmentation d'une image photographique, parcellisation, esquisse ce propos et cette forme, qui seront récurrents jusqu'à aujourd'hui.

La thématique du mouton, du troupeau, du berger et du loup est une métaphore efficace et transversale, à la fois religieuse, sociale et politique.

Cette alternance d'oeuvres photographiques et de peinture, poursuivie systématiquement jusqu'à maintenant dans des mixed-média de desssin, de peinture et de gravure, de volume et d'action, de photographie et de prise d'empreinte ou de culture de la peau.... jusqu'au prélèvement de ma peau, marque ma volonté d'embrasser toutes les techniques, des plus traditionnellles aux plus novatrices.

Les séries "Féminin - Masculin" sont une façon de poser également la question de l'identité et de contester du même coup la normalisation sociale et l'hortodoxie socialiste de la dictature, en même temps que la culture spirituelle orthodoxe dans ses blocages et ses interdits.

Mon travail s'est installé sur le trépied mémoire / identité / éxil.

Dialog Alain Oudin et Christian Paraschiv

My work and the life of my family have been marked by our exile from Romania to France in 1986. From the very beginning, there has been a search for identity, marked by my intial position towards a dictatorship that crushes as well as drives many people into “ a state of waiting ”, a state which had often been favored by the orthodox culture which has pushed towards the acceptance or the martyrology as my friend, Ion Grigorescu, often used in his discourse.

I myself have experienced this motionless state of “this frozen time” as an obligation for a permanent challenge. Therefore, the exile acts as a forge speeding up the flames of memory and identity: the rupture induced by the exile makes this research even more important and doubles the theme of our memory, of the reconstruction of a history.

My first painting exhibition in 1978 in Bucharest already focused on the body and death themes. In 1980, also in the same city, at Simeza Gallery, the fragmentation of a photographic image, parceling, sketches this purpose and this form which will be recurrent up to present.

The themes of the sheep, the herd, the shepherd and the wolf represent an efficient and transversal metaphor, both religious, social and political.

This alternation of photographic and painted works, having been followed systematically until now within a mixed media of drawing, painting and engraving, of volume and action, of photography and fingerprinting or the culture of the skin…up to the sampling of my own skin, has been marked by my will to embrace all techniques, from the most traditional to the most innovative.

The “Feminine –Masculine” series are a manner both of questioning identity and at the same time of challenging social normalization and socialist orthodoxy of dictatorship along with the spiritual orthodox culture in its blockages and prohibitions.

My work has been built on this tripod of memory / identity / exile.

Dialog Alain Oudin and Christian Paraschiv
The Glory and the Limits of the Body: Bio-art Exhibition by Christian Paraschiv

15/03 - 13/04/2012 @ 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PH
Opening: Thu 15 March, 6.30pm @ 1 Belgrave Square SW1X 8PH

16 March-13 April, 10am-5pm

With the London Olympics 2012 approaching fast, the human body – its performances and its limits – becomes the focus of reflection and debate this year. Christian Paraschiv, one of the most famous Romanian artists abroad, expresses his vision in a flux of works under construction since the ‘90s, bearing the title Skin & Body and encompassing painting, sculpture, drawing, scanned imagery, installations, photo montage, video elements, art books.

The artist traces the concepts of corporeality and identity to our biological core: in the specific form of bio-art that he practices, his own cells, prelevated in a laboratory, give birth to an artificial skin, fixed in latex and wood resins. For Paraschiv, the skin is the contour of the body in the world, an ensemble of signs which can be technologically represented: if scanned, it is the trace of corporeality decomposed into fragments – body-in-pieces – like a puzzle making up a new body, another individual.

Alongside his suite of scanned panels, painted in resins and gold leaf, the artist covers the human skull in lead, makes his self-portrait via crosswords or impresses his body on transparent gelatine, in multiple copies – all unique representations of the biological and metaphysical, the scientific and metaphorical, the limited and glorious body.

“Paraschiv is baroque in his art, his creative uproar finding its counterpoint in his long exercised analytical spirit. The ideas and life itself, the profane and the sacred, his own body and the social body, the present and history are blended in his work. His art starts a dialogue with science, by making use of state-of-the-art technology. Paraschiv exposes us to an explosion of artistic information that represents a show in itself.”

Adrian Guţă, critic, in the monography Black is the colour of language, 2011

(born 1953) became known in the ‘80s as an exponent of the generation which radically transformed Romanian experimental art, leading the path towards international aesthetic postmodernism. He left Romania in 1986 and moved to Paris, where he is represented by the Oudin Art Contemporain Gallery. Individual exhibitions (selection): Black Is the Colour of Language, 1986-2011, Oudin Art Contemporain Gallery, Paris; Bio Art Skin & Body 1990-2011, Oudin Art Contemporain Gallery, Paris; Body for Space, recent works 2007-2008, Oudin Art Contemporain Gallery, Paris; Retrospective 1977-2007, MNAC, Bucureşti; Nomos/The Body, ICR Paris, Oudin Art Contemporain Gallery, Paris.

Christian Paraschiv | Le noir est la couleur du langage/ bilingue francais-roumain
Une rencontre avec l'univers mythique d'un des plus grands artistes contemporains roumains, fils spirituel de Cioran, Ionesco et Tristan Tzara, ses compatriotes.

Ouvrage français / roumain, publié avec le concours du National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucarest ; de l’Institut culturel roumain, Paris ; de la fondation Colas, Boulogne-Billancourt ; de la galerie Oudin art contemporain, Paris et de E. A. galerie, la Bourguignière à Béthonvilliers – 2010

Christian Paraschiv | Le noir est la couleur du langage | entretien avec Ion Grigorescu et textes critiques de Marin Gherasim, Dorina Bohantov, Alain Oudin, Magda Carneci, Carmen Iovitu, Mihai Plamadeala, Adriana Oprea, Agnès Giard,Ralf Marsault, Adrian Guta et Sébastien Lecordier

Format: 21 x 24 cm
504 pages en couleur / +460 réproduction couleur
Broché avec rabats
ISBN 978-2-35532-070-5

A meeting within the mythical universe of one of the greatest contemporary Romanian artist, spiritual son of his comrades Cioran, Ionesco and Tristan Tzara.
His french and romanian works, published with the assistance of The National Museum of Contempirary Art in Bucarest, The Cultural Romanian Institute in Paris, The Colas Foundation, Boulogne-Billancourt ; The Oudin Contemporary Art Gallery, Paris and The E.A Gallery, The Bourguignière at Béthonvillier in 2010.
Christain Paraschiv / Black is the color of language / Interview with Ion Grigorescu and critical texts by Martin Gherasim, Dorina Bohantov, Alain Oudin, Magda Carneci, Carmen Iovitu, Mihai Plamadeala, Adriana Oprea, Agnès Giard, Ralf Marsault, Adrian Guta and Sébastien Lecordier

Format : 21 x 24 cm
504 pages in color / + 460 in color reproduction
Paperback wuth flaps

ISBN 978-2-35532-070-5