Expanded Space 2017

Volum Art Association is launching the seventh edition

Expanded Space 

Cool monuments – hot heads 

October 11th – November 15th

The seventh edition of the Expanded Space programme, with the title Cool monuments – hot heads, is structured around the notion of public monument. It intends to explore the manifold directions facilitated by its presence in the public space, questioning concepts such as monumentalization, memorialization, commemoration, collective memory, national identity, public space, community.

Starting from the specificity of Bucharest’s public space, this year’s edition of the Expanded Space aims to investigate new possibilities of representation and expression of local memory and history. We seek to investigate and explore new perspectives on these practices, attempting to identify and shed a new light on places, people and meanings, as well as on practices and politics of memory capable of projecting alternative futures and thus, to dislocate the stiff and predetermined frames through which we construct an understanding of the present. We are also interested in events from recent history that have been forgotten or ignored in current practices of remembrance.

This year’s curator is Cristian Nae – an art critic, historian and theorist who works in Iași, where he teaches at “George Enescu” National University of Arts.

Cool monuments – hot heads brings together seven artists from Romania, Holland, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Republic of Moldova. The artists’ selection was based on the proposals received in the public call for projects opened between July 5th and 31st and as a result of the invitations made by the curator Cristian Nae and addressed to artists who successfully explore new types of artistic intervention in the public space.

The participant artists are Silvia Amancei and Bogdan Armanu – visual artists based in Iași, Radoš Antonijević – visual artist who works as a professor at the Faculty of Arts in Belgade and the Academy of Arts in Banja Luka, Mihai Balko – visual artist, founding member and vice-president of Volum Art Association from Bucharest, Luchezar Boyadjiev – multimedia artist based in Sofia, Bulgaria, Igor Grubić – multimedia artist based in Zagreb, Hans van Houwelingen – visual artist who lives and works in Amsterdam, and Ghenadie Popescu – visual artist based in Chisinau.


Organiser: Asociaţia Volum Art

Team: Judit Balko, project manager; Mihai Balko, coordinator; Cristian Nae, curator;

Project financed by Primăria Municipiului București, Centrul Cultural al Municipiului Bucuresti ARCUB in the framework of București Oraș participativ programme and by Administrația Fondului Cultural Național

Partners: Centrul de Excelență în Studiul Imaginii (CESI)Radio GuerrillaMNAC

Media partners: Zeppelin, WebCultura, VeiozaArte, Modernism

The project doesn’t necessarily represent the position of Administrația Fondului Cultural Național. AFCN in not responsible of the content of the project or the manner in which the results of the project can be used. These are the full responsibility of the recipient of the funding.