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Contemporary Photography Practices in Romanian Art
- Dumitriu, Simona
What they all have in common is the interest in archives and the role of memory in the exploration of the issues of tradition and socio-economic transformations in Romania, the relationship between Romania’s recent past and present, and the awareness of both political and poetic subtext of things. Their approach varies from snapshots to elaborate large format camera images, from documentary to conceptual photography, from the adjacent to the central use of photography. Photographic practices started to appear in Romanian art in 1970s and 1980s (in the context of body and conceptual art) in the work of artists such as Ion Grigorescu, Geta Brătescu, Constantin Flondor etc. In the 1990s, the projects of the group subREAL came to the foreground.
Since 2000, photography is the preferred medium of expression for a wide range of artists such as Iosif Kiraly, Alexandra Croitoru, Nicu Ilfoveanu, the group Ro_Archive, Bogdan Bordeianu, Michele Bressan, Larisa Sitar, Bogdan Girbovan, etc.
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