On the 19th of June, Gabriel Stoian held an artist talk under the title “Expose Practice”, a parallel event of Bucharest Biennale 6.
Expose Practice is a weekly series of talks in Pavilion – center for contemporary art & culture by the artists which are participants in Bucharest Biennale 6 and present in Bucharest. The talks invite the speakers to discuss their practice, research methodologies and thinking in an informal setting.
The series is generated by the curator of Bucharest Biennale 6, Gergő Horváth.
Gabriel Stoian is an emerging conceptual artist/activist - not in the sense of being under the illusion that his art will change the world directly or immediately; but more because his work is built as a subversive, ironical and critical reaction towards the instruments of power and its symbols. His practice is based on different mediums such as: public interventions, installation, assemblage, object, conceptual writing and a few others that he does not know how to define exactly. He graduated a M.A. in the graphics department at the “University of Art and Design” from Cluj-Napoca in 2010 and thereafter he was selected as a resident artist with the “Hàbitat Artístic Castelló” – Cultural Center of Castellón de la Plana, Spain – where he developed and exhibited a personal project during 2011. He is currently undergoing his PHD with the same University of Arts in Cluj.
”Although I studied for a long time in Cluj, I believe that I don’t have a lot in common with the so-called “School of Cluj”. I’m more of an autodidact and not so fond of being affiliated to different institutions or places. I have always enjoyed a nomadic existence, working from location to location. My ideas require new backdrops and starting points and this cannot be found in the same place all the time”.
Currently, he lives and works in Bucharest and finds it very enjoyable.
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