1. Research Exhibitions

        Mona Vătămanu and Florin Tudor: Surplus Value

        5 September–9 November 2009

        BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht (NL)

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        Praful [The Dust], 2006, performance, DV, super 8, 6:08 min., film still, courtesy the artists
      2. The most comprehensive overview of the Romanian artists Mona Vătămanu and Florin Tudor, Surplus Value investigates their critical engagement with defining issues of today such as collective memory and amnesia, the formulation of artistic agency, and the politics of representation. Vǎtǎmanu and Tudor’s broad-reaching practice has positioned them among the most compelling and literate interpreters of our contemporary post-communist condition, which extends far beyond their native Romania. The exhibition centers upon a number of major new productions that reflect on the current global situation and are grounded in the discourse articulated by the artists throughout the past decade. These works are put into dialogue with a selection of Vătămanu and Tudor’s older pieces. Surplus Value presents one possible take on the “new world order” that the year 1989—a major political, social, and economic overturning of the state of things on global scale—brought about. This exhibition is the first research exhibition within the long-term project FORMER WEST. Surplus Value is curated by Cosmin Costinaş.

        On the occasion of Surplus Value BAK and post editions, Rotterdam release the monographic publication Mona Vătămanu and Florin Tudor. Within the scope of the project the artists participated in BAK’s Research-in-Residence program.