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(Română) The offense report @ București

(Română) The offense report @ București
Christian Paraschiv in exile: expressions of memory and oblivion

„The offense report” exhibit portrais the traumatic legacy of Communism.

In March 5th – April 12th 2018, Elite Art Gallery is hosting the personal exhibit „The offense report” signed by Christian Paraschiv. The official opening of the exhibit will take place on March 6th, 2018, at 6:30 PM.

Christian Paraschiv is an important representative of the 80s generation, and has been present in both Romanian and French art since 1986. On this occasion, the artist will return to his homeland while simultaneously sustaining the present artistic demeanor which targets his memories and his permanent departure from Romania. The plastic representation of his and his family’s exile brings into discussion the disruption which took place when he left and includes a final gesture of the Communist authorities at the Otopeni Airport which wanted to confiscate works and objects of great emotional value which had a profound significance for his family intimacy. Within the exhibit we will find the two reports for their confiscation – the objects include his daughter’s baptism spoon, jewelry, etc.

Christian Paraschiv combines traditional and innovative techniques, thus underlining his art’s experimental character. The exhibits brings to the public’s attention a series of artworks in mixed technique (acrylic on canvas, transfer on canvas, textile collage and acetate, acetate and gold leaves) through which the artist tries to represent the erasing of his memory. He shows that family, friends and even day to day scenes dissolve and are scattered at a certain point through forgetfulness. Forgetfulness and exile are recurring themes in his artworks and around them a constellation of fascinating symbols gravitate.

An erasure of memory implies an erasure of identity and in Cristian Paraschiv’s artworks this reflects the dynamic of self-searching and recovery. On the other hand, his artworks appeal to memory as a component which conserves and is vital to knowledge. Here, the artist seems to feel a duty to remember, maybe even to appeal to collective memory in order to find the truth in personal and collective history. At the same time, he is preoccupied with forgetfulness, with erasing those parts of his autobiographic memory as if he is trying a reconstruction and valorification of the future by bringing what is intimate in the social and viceversa.

The exhibit will be open to the public in between March 5th – April 12th 2018, at Elite Art Gallery, Piaţa Naţiunile Unite, nr. 3-5, bl. B2, parter, Bucharest.

Visiting hours: Monday – Friday 12:00 PM – 7.00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Elite Art Gallery aims to promote contemporary plastic artists by organizing complex cultural projects which present to the public new forms of artistic expression, innovative approaches of contemporary art and affirmed values. The Association implements visual arts, musical and educational projects.