The biennial has been developed through an extensive programme of curatorial research and will bring together a group of international artists who will engage in meaningful dialogues with the region’s artistic discourses and communities. The exhibition will be embedded across a wide range of cultural and public venues in Timisoara and Arad, and will highlight the ways in which artists reflect on many day-to-day realities that are now becoming increasingly unstable.
Like in Georges Perec’s novel, La vie mode d’emploi, the exhibition will present characters, situations and contexts – stories that span not only over a day, but also a lifetime. As the fluxus artist Robert Filliou said, “art is what makes life more interesting than art”.
Alongside the main exhibition, Art Encounters 2017 will provide a close examination of the Romanian art scene by inviting a comprehensive selection of independent art organisations that provide critical support and opportunities for contemporary art in Romania. The biennial will seek to become a dynamic platform to engender cultural development and debate, both regionally and nationally, in ways that can help sustain emerging generations of Romanian artists.