"The subtle line between life and death, time, superstitions and gender are the axes around which my creation is built. My art is, to a large extent, an archive of human diversity, a reflection on the fragility of the human universe, mapping the anxiety of birth and death. I collect various objects, fetishes, photos, ultrasound images and clothes (such as my mother's wedding dress, my father's overalls, on which he wrote his last words, a book of practical tips from my grandmother - passed through generations) and put them in relation to beaded objects, as a precious and fragile anatomy (such as Heart, Stomach, Placenta)." (Magdalena Pelmuș)
“As we speak …" somewhere a star is born and somewhere else another star dies. Magdalena Pelmuș proposes an emotional, but rational speech about the toughest and most natural processes of life - from birth to death. A path that should be read as a key of approaching all these processes in a natural way, optimistically and sarcatiscally – perhaps that is why irony and sarcasm are the most spectacular attributes used by postmodernity. There is a sort of anxiety about existence, but the artistic practice proposed by Magdalena Pelmuş invites us to shake ourselves from black and grey and embrace the color, the pathos, the sparkle." (Eugen Rădescu)
Magdalena Pelmus, visual artist and performer, was born in 1974, in Constanta, Romania. She graduated the Art University in Bucharest and became a co-founder of SURSA group (in 1999) and of Loading Open LAB – artist-run space (in 2006). Since 2000 her works were exhibited in biennials, museums and galleries like Bucharest Biennale 3 - International Biennial of Contemporary Art Bucharest (2008); Art Print Biennial, Vilnius,(2008); Miniature International Biennial, The Modern Gallery, Gornji Milanovac, Serbia (2008/2018); Snapshot Romania, Contemporary Artists from Romania, Treviso, Italy (2014); E-Biennale III , Victoria Art Center, Bucharest, RO (2015); Sofia Arsenal Contemporary Art Museum (MAC), Bulgaria (2016); Art Encounters Biennale-Balamuc, Timișoara, Romania (2017); Imago Mundi, Salone degli Incanti, Trieste (2018). Her works can be found in private and state collections, in Romania and abroad, like the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest; Luciano Benetton collection, Italy; European Investment Bank, Luxembourg; Art Museum, Dobrich, Bulgaria; Carrefour des Arts, Normandy, France; M21, Langenlois, Austria; The Modern Gallery Cultural Center, Gornji Milanovac, Serbia. She lives and works in Bucharest.
Eugen Rădescu is a cultural manager, curator, and theoretician, with a background in political science (specialized on moral relativism and political ethics). He wrote for various magazines and newspapers. He curated, among others, Bucharest Biennale 1, with the theme “Identity Factories”, “How Innocent Is That?” , “presently i have nothing to show and i’m showing it!” and "Common Nostalgia" at Pavilion Bucharest, as well as “Hidden Shadows/Roma stories” in Mobius Gallery Bucharest. He published the book “How Innocent Is That?” at Revolver Book Berlin. He is co-editor of PAVILION – journal for politics and culture and co-director of Bucharest Biennale and the chairman of the organizational board of PAVILION and BUCHAREST BIENNALE. He is a member of the selection board at apexart New York, for the programs "Franchise" and "Unsolicited Proposal Program". He held different lectures at several institutions such as apex, New York; Badisher Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; Casa Encedida, Madrid; Paris Photo, Paris; Gulbenkian Centre, Lisbon. He is a professor at Bucharest University and Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj. Lives and works in Bucharest.