politics of historical avant-gardes
Organization: Bucharest National University of Arts
Igor Mocanu | art critic, curator
Born 11.10.1984, Republic of Moldova | Lives and works in Bucharest, Romania
(+40) 0722 85 34 05 | (+373) 68 66 13 37
E d u c a t i o n
2012 – on going – Postgraduate in Art History and Theory Faculty with the National Arts University in Bucharest, RO, with a thesis on “The Political Avant-garde. The Other Face of Romanian Avant-garde in Social Documents”, coordinated by Professor Phd. Ruxandra Demetrescu;
2010 – October – Workshops “Marketing” and “Rights & Licences” (held by Gabriele Rubner, Kerstin Schuster, Susanne Kope) and “Book Design” (held by Uta Schneider), within Einladungsprogramm, at the Frankfurter BuchMesse, DE;
June – Workshop “Chicago – Bucharest: A conversation on Public, Art and Collaboration”, held by Ellen Rothenberg and Delia Popa, National Museum for Contemporary Art (MNAC), RO;
2008-2010 – Master in Art History and Theory, at the National University of Art, Bucharest, RO, with the dissertation “Contimporary Art. The Other Face of Romanian Avant-garde in Documents on Cinema, Photography, Collage, Music, Design, Dance, Pantomime, Body, Spectacle, Performance, Exotic Art”, coordinated by Professor Ph. D. Ruxandra Demetrescu;
2002-2006 – Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest, RO, with the thesis “Urmuz & Brancusi – Two Theoretical Legitimations”, coordinated by Professor Ph. D. Mircea Martin;
2000-2002 – “Socrates” Economy and Law College Chisinau, MD, International Economic Relations Section.
A f f i l i a t i o n s
2012 – Member of AICA Romania (The International Association of Art Critics), RO.
L e c t u r e s / C o n f e r e n c e s
2015 – January, 24 – “Main European Currents in 19th and 20th Century Romanian Art (III): Avant-garde”, lecture at the Institute of Art Management in Romania, Bucharest, RO.
2014 – December – Presentation within the “25 x 25 x 25” Event, 13-14 December, Tranzit.ro/Bucharest, RO;
2014 – February – Lecture within the “Workshop for the Study of Contemporary Political Ideas” with the paper “Avan-garde and Politics: on the Exhibition ‘Horrors of War’ (1945) by Jules Perahim”, The “Nicolae Iorga” History Institute, Romanian Academy, Bucharest, RO;
2013 – May-June – Gherasim Luca (1913-2013) Centenary Symposium, with the paper “Gherasim Luca. Origins of the Performative Discourse”, Bookfest, Romexpo, Bucharest, RO; Lecture resumed within the Scientific Sessions of the Art History and Theory Faculty of the National Arts University in Bucharest, UNArte Gallery, Bucharest, RO;
2012 – November – Conference within the exhibition “The National Myth: Visual Arts and Romanian Identity (1830-1930)”, with the paper “National Myth in Marginal Romania. Adhesions, Borrowings and Delimitations in Bessarabian art (1887-1930)”, MNAR, Bucharest, RO;
2011 – August – Comics Museum Conferences: “Book Illustration and Comic Strips”, with the paper “Functions of the Book Illustration”, Romanian Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, RO;
May – PechaKucha Night Bucharest #5, with the presentation “Well Tempered Insurgences” (together with Sanda Watt), MNAC, Bucharest, RO;
2007 – Scientific Conference “Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu – A Century of Immortality”, with the paper “Eccentric Bogdan. A Short Essay for a History of Litigious Art”, Cahul, MD;
2006 – National Student Conferences “Mihai Eminescu”, the 32nd edition, Iasi, RO;
2005 – October – November – National Student Conferences “Lucian Blaga”, the 8th edition, Sibiu, RO;
May – National Student Conferences “Mihai Eminescu”, the 31st edition, Iasi, RO;
P r o f e s s i o n a l H i s t o r y
2014-to present – Editor at the “Arta” Magazine, The Romanian Artists Union, Bucharest, RO;
2014-to present – Research Coordinator and Archives Curator at the National Dance Center of Bucharest – Bucharest, RO;
2014 – February-August – Curator at Allegra Nomad Gallery, Bucharest, RO;
2013-2014 – Public Relation Officer at Librarium Group for the Library Librarium Sun Plaza, Bucharest, RO;
2012-… – Visual Arts Editor with the online magazine “Art Dance News”, Bucharest, RO;
2011-2013 – Visual Arts Editor for “BeWhere the City is!” Magazine, Bucharest, RO;
2011-2012 – PR Executive with Herald Publishing House, Bucharest, RO;
2011-2012 – Art Editor with the “Accent cultural” Magazine, cultural supplement of the Magazine “Șapte Seri”, Bucharest, RO;
2011 – February – November – Art Editor with the online magazine “Art Act Magazin”, Cluj-Napoca, RO;
February – September – Author of the column “Minutul de carte” [The Book Minute], with the magazine “15 minute”, Chisinau, MD;
2010-2012… – Contributor to “CriticAtac” Magazine, Bucharest, RO;
2009-2010 – Associate Editor of “PostBox Magazine”, Chisinau, MD;
2009 – October - November – Member of the Jury in the Programme “Children Mornings” with Astra Film Festival (AFF), Sibiu, RO;
2008-2011 – Public Relations Director and coordinator of the C[ART]IER Series, with Cartier Publishing House, Chisinau, MD-RO;
2008 – Author of the column “Doblezero”, in the magazine “Pana mea”, Bucharest, RO;
2006-2009 – Author of the column “Lecturi pre limbul meu”, in “Contrafort” Magazine, Chisinau, MD;
2006-2007 – Author of the column “Drafturi critice” and editor with “Noua literatură” Magazine, Writer's Union in Romania, Bucharest, RO;
2006 – Editor for cultural news with the website of the TV Station Antena 3, Bucharest, RO;
2005-2007 – Proof-reader and reviewer of Cartea Românească Publishing House, Bucharest, RO;
2005-2006 – Editor in Chief of the “Eliterebelle” Magazine, University of Bucharest, RO.
C u r a t i n g A c t i v i t y
2014 – May – „Shortsighted. Presbyopic. Blindfolded”, artists: Alexandru Ciubotariu / Pisica Pătrată, Sandra Mavhima, Lea Rasovzsky, Ana Maria Micu, Mihail Coșulețu, Ciprian Ariciu, Simona Deaconescu, artiști invitați: Radu Aldea, Dilmana Yordanova, Catrinel Catana, Cristina Lilienfeld, Andreea Novac, Vlad Merariu, Silviu Mititelu, Allegra Nomad Gallery, Location: Tipografia Hall, The Romanian Artists Union, Bucharest, RO;
2014 – March – “Paul Neagu. What if he was right?”, artist: Paul Neagu, Featured artists: Joseph Beuys, Ion Bitzan, Horia Bernea, Allegra Nomad Gallery, Location: UNArte Gallery of the National Arts University, Bucharest, RO;
2013 – March – “Floating Worlds”, artist: Max Streicher, inflatable kinetic sculptures, Sun Plaza Shopping Centre, Bucharest, RO;
2012-2013… – “Avant-garde Revisited. European Avant-garde (1919-1939) in the Romanian National Film Archives”, 1st Edition – French Avant-garde: Germaine Dulac, Fernand Léger, Dudley Murphy, Abel Gance, René Clair, Luis Buñuel, Louis Delluc, Jean Cocteau, Jean Vigo; 2nd Edition – Soviet Avant-garde: Vladimir Maiakovski, Evghenii Slavinski, Serghei M. Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov, Abram Room; Arhiva Națională de Filme a României –Eforie Cinematheque, Bucharest, RO;
2011 – “Romanian Police Hierarchy”, artist: Bogdan Girbovan, photography, Posibila Gallery, Bucharest, RO;
2010 – (together with Sanda Watt) “10 / 1”, artist: Bogdan Girbovan, photography; artists invited for the “Long Night of Galleries” Event: Veaceslav Druta, Malina Ionescu, Ghenadie Popescu, with video works, Atelier 35 Gallery, Bucharest, RO ;
2009 – “5 @ 14”, artist: Bogdan Girbovan, photography, Draft One Gallery, Bucharest, RO;
2008-2011 – Coordinator of the C[ART]IER Series (printed contemporary art series – collaborations with Florin Braghis, Vitalie Coroban, Doru Dumitru, Gleb Garanich, Sorin Hadarcă, Okakura Kakuzo, Mitoș Micleusanu, Veronique North-Minca, Dan Perjovschi, Igor Schimbator, Roman Tolici, Urmuz), for Cartier Publishing House, Chisinau, MD-RO.
A r t i s t i c A c t i v i t y
2013 – “Revistă de pulă modernă”, reenactment by Florin Flueraș & Igor Mocanu, hosted by “POSTBOX Magazine”, # 10 / martie 2013 (MD);
2012 – “Hierarchy of the Romanian Orthodox Church”, artist: Bogdan Gîrbovan, photography, section / text within the collective show “Behind the Scene”, artist: The Bureau of Melodramatic Research, together with Ștefan Tiron, Simina Guga and Irina Costache, Tatiana Fiodorova, Bogdan Gîrbovan, Mihaela Michailov & Paul Duncă, Olivia Mihălțianu, Alex Niculescu, Ștefan Sava; curators: Magda Radu, at Salonul de Proiecte, MNAC Foto-Anexa, Bucharest, RO;
2009 – November – Performance “Bessarabia Human Land” (together with Sanda Watt), grafitti, postcard, insert in “Postbox Magazine”, #1, Chisinau, MD;
September - October – Essay “The Life of Others. A Law Bill on the Strategic Cooperation between Romanian Intelligence Services and The Bureau of Melodramatic Research”, within The Bureau of Melodramatic Research (Alina Popa & Irina Gheorghe), Posibilă Gallery, Bucharest, RO;
June – Manifesto Exhibition “Cheap replicas” (together wth Sanda Watt), mixed media, Paradis Garaj Gallery, Bucharest, RO;
April – Manifesto Exhibition “Ostentatious Silence” (together with Sanda Watt), installation, subBUFET Club, Bucharest, RO;
2008 – “Igor Mocanu presents Scanometry”, text, scanometries, “Tiuk!” Magazine, Brasov, RO.
P u b l i s h i n g A c t i v i t y
2006-2015… – Articole, recenzii, studii, eseuri, interviuri în publicațiile: „15 minute” (MD), „Accent cultural” (RO), „Accente” (RO), „aLtitudini” (RO), „Art Dance News” (RO), „Art Out” (RO), „Art Ploshadka” (MD), „Art Act Magazine” (RO), „Arta” (RO), „BeWhere the city is!” (RO), „Caietele avangardei” (RO), „Confluențe” (RO), „Conta” (RO), „Contrafort” (MD), „CriticAtac” (RO), „Cultura” (RO), „Dilemateca” (RO), „Dilema veche” (RO), „EduManager.ro” (RO), „Eliterebelle” (RO), „Gazeta de Artă Politică”, „Hyperion” (RO), „Idea artă + societate” (RO), „LiterNet.ro” (RO), „Luceafărul” (RO), „Metaliteratura” (MD), „Mozaicul” (RO), „Noua literatură” (RO), „Observator cultural” (RO), „Orizont” (RO), „Pana mea” (RO), „Revista la Plic” (MD), „REPUBLIK” (RO), „Samizdat” (RO), „Stare de Urgență” (MD), „Steaua” (RO), „Supliment Oberliht” (MD), „Șapte Seri” (RO), „Tiuk!” (RO), „Viața Românească” (RO), „VIP Magazin” (MD);
– Radio review, interviews with the radio stations: Radio România Cultural (RO), Radio France Internationale (RO-FR), Radio Shalom (RO-IL);
– TV Review, interviews with TV Stations: TVR Cultural.
E d i t o r i a l A c t i v i t y
2014 – “Reenacting Lizica Codreanu”, paper published in the catalogue of the homonymous event “Reenacting Lizica Codreanu”, Discuții, video and unpublished photographs screening with and of the choreographer and performer Lizica Codreanu, Guests: Doina Lemny, Cornel Mihalache, Vava Ștefănescu, Moderator: Igor Mocanu, November 18th , Romanian Cinematheque,– “Paul Călinescu” Union Hall, Bucharest, RO, pp. 16-17;
– “The Paradoxical Postcommunist Utopia of Artist-Led Spaces in Bucharest”, essay published in the volume “Close-up: post-transition writings”, Vjera Borozan (editing and book concept), Co-editors: Tereza Jindrová, Jana Kapelová, Miloš Miletić, Mirjana Radovanović, Borbála Szalai and Raluca Voinea, Contributors: Corina L. Apostol, Claudiu Cobilanschi, Miklós Erhardt, Ivana Komanická, Kontekst collective (Vida Knežević and Marko Miletić), József Mélyi, Mileta Mijatović, Igor Mocanu, P.O.L.E., Erik Sikora, Société Réaliste (Ferenc Gróf and Jean-Baptiste Naudy), Tereza Stejskalová, Jan Zálešák and Martin Zet, Translators: Miklós Erhardt, Palo Fabuš, Ivan Gutierrez, Draginja Marić, Novica Petrović, Dániel Sipos and Raluca Voinea, Publisher: Artyčok TV, The Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Printing house: Tiskárna protisk, Praha, 2014, pp. 56-67;
– “Summary of a Televised Chronology of a Culture of Protest in Romanian News Cast (1942-1973)”, within „CriticFest – Nature, Protests, Art”, organized by “CriticAtac” and „Gazeta de Artă Politică” at Platforma (Calea Moșilor 62-68, etaj 1) between 15-17 of May 2014, Bucharest, RO;
– “Paul Neagu. What if he was right?”, paper published in the catalogue of the exhibition “Paul Neagu. What if He Was Right?”, artist: Paul Neagu, featured artists: Joseph Beuys, Ion Bitzan, Horia Bernea, 14 – 28 of March 2014, Allegra Nomad Gallery, Location: : UNArte Gallery of the National Arts University, Bucharest, RO;
– Igor Damaskin, “Patimă și viclenie”, Translation from Russian and notes by Igor Mocanu, online edition, Drafturi critice, 2014. Link: http://wp.me/p1AbHm-1hS;
– N.V. Gogol, “Scrisori către prieteni. Confesiuni”, Translation from Russian and notes by Igor Mocanu, online edition, Drafturi critice, 2014. Link: http://wp.me/p1AbHm-1mq.
2013 – “Gherasim Luca. Originins of the Performative Discourse”, essay published in the volume “Infranegrul”, Papers of the Symposium “Craiova and European Avant-garde”, First EditionI: Gherasim Luca Centenary, 6-7 of December 2013, Petrișor Militaru (coord.), Contributors: Petrișor Militaru, Cătălin Davidescu, Petre Răileanu, Emil Nicolae, Nicolae Tzone, Florin Colonaș, Ionel Bușe, Isabel Vintilă, Alexandru-Ovidiu Vintilă, Maria Tronea, Roxana Ilie, Marius Cristian Ene, Ștefan Bolea, Igor Mocanu, Maria Dinu, Amca Șerban, Luiza Mitu, Aius Publishing, „avangardă & transdisciplinaritate” Series, paperback, [Craiova], 2013, pp. 125-139.
2013 – “Ion Creangă Publishing House”, paper published in the catalogue “See what we do! Illustrators’ Club”, Texts: Ioana Gruenwald, Herbert Gruenwald, Roxana Jeler, Igor Mocanu, Livia Rusz, Arina Stoenescu, Illustrations: Clubul Ilustratorilor, Editura Ion Creangă, Livia Rusz, Translation: Adrian Solomon, Pionier Press Publishing, [hardcover], Stockholm, 2013, 53 p.;
2012 – “Gagarin, mon amour or on the « Sputnik Generation»”, interview by Vasile Ernu with Aleksandr Ivanov, Lev Danilkin and Oleg Panfil, Translated from Russian by Igor Mocanu, published in Vasile Ernu, “The Russian Intelligentsia Today”. Interviews, discussions, polemics on Today’s and Yesterday’s Russia”, Translations and notes by Vladimir Bulat, hard cover, Cartier Publishing, Rotonda Series, [Chisinau], 364 p.;
2012 – “Herald Publishing House Spring – Summer 2012”, text and graphic design concept: Igor Mocanu, graphic design: Vadim Cazacu, Herald Publishing House, paperback, [Hors Collection], Bucharest, 2012, 34 p.
2011 – “Museum of Communism – from Investigation to Porno Reenactment”, article published in “CriticAtac. Reader I (2010-2011)”, collective volume, [Vasile Ernu, Florin Poenaru, Costi Rogozanu, et al.], [Reader: Andrei State], Paperback, Cartier Publishing House, [Cartier Varia Series], [Chisinau], 376 pp.;
“Functions of Book Illustration”, excerpt published in “Comics Museum”, Catalogue, Concept by Alexandru Ciubotariu, Coordinator: Tudorița Șoldănescu, Paperback, Romanian Cultural institute Publishing House, National Museum for Contemporary Art, [Bucharest], 64 pp. ;
2009 – N.V. Gogol, “Testament”, chapter in ~, “Letters to Friends”, Translation from Russian by Igor Mocanu, excerpt published in “Cartier BookLit – Summer 2009”, Ed.: Em. Galaicu-Păun, paperback, Cartier Publishing House, [Hors Collection], [Chisinau], 144 p. ;
“The Life of Others. A Law Bill on the Strategic Cooperation between Romanian Intelligence Services and The Bureau of Melodramatic Research”, paper published in “The Bureau of Melodramatic Research. Activity Report „, online publication available at http://thebureauofmelodramaticresearch.blogspot.ro/2009/08/reports-and-publications.html, Bucharest, RO;
2008 – “Rubik. Collective Novel”, collective novel, book+ DVD, coord. Simona Popescu, hard cover, Polirom Publishing House, “Fiction Ltd.” Collection, Iasi, 544 p.;
“Eccentric Bogdan. A Short Essay for a History of Litigious Art”, conference published in “Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu – A Century of Immortality”, Documents of Scientific Conference, paperback, Cahul, 20 November 2007, coord. Victor Axenti, Nicolae Dandiș, “Turnul Vechi” Publishing House, [Hors Collection], Cahul, 137 p.;
“1984. The Last Generation of Romanian Communism”, Coordinated by Ion Manolescu, Reader supervised by Igor Mocanu, Paperback, Bucharest University Press, [Hors Collection], 194 pp.
T r a n s l a t i o n s
EN-RO – from Boris Groys, Hilda Twongyeirwe;
FR-RO – from Robert Bibeau, Houria Bouteldja (în colaborare cu Sanda Watt), Didier Chaudet, Michel Collon, Yohann Duval, Delphine Gardey, Mohamed Hassan, Claude Karnoouh, Grégoire Lalieu, Frédéric Lebaron, Patrick Philippens, Florent Parmentier, Olivier Pascal-Mousselard, Benoît Pélopidas, Swanie Potot, Jacques Rancière, Société Réaliste, Nicolas Truong;
RU-RO – from Tariq Ali, Evghenii Babușkin, Alain Badiou, Barte de Baere, Claire Bishop, Pavel Bîkov, Francesco Bonami, Ilia Budraitskis, Zaza Burciuladze, Igor Damaskin, Lev Danilkin, Ekaterina Degot, Gheorghii Derlughian, David Elliott, Vasile Ernu, Aleksandr Feighin, Tatiana Fiodorova, Erik Gandini, Igor Gherașenko, Nikolai Vasilievici Gogol, Vladimir Vladimirovici Gromovskii, Boris Groys, Tatiana Gurova, Maria Hlavajova, Eric Hobsbawm, Ilia Ilf & Evghenii Petrov, Vladimir Inozemțev, Aleksandr Ivanov, Maria Kuvșinova, Massimiliano Johnny, Boris Kagarlițkii, Vasif Kortun, Serghei Kozin, Maria Kuvșinova, Ekaterina Lazareva, Vladislav Lebeliko, Leningrad (trupa), Artyom Magun, Miran Mohar, Iulia Netesova, Lia Perjovschi, Zahar Prilepin, Maksim Raiskii, Serghei Roganov, Iurii Saprîkin, Aleksei Simoianov, Nedko Solakov, Pavel Tihomirov, Anna Tolstova, Dmitrii Uzlaner, Slavoj Žižek, Tamara Zlobina, Aleksandr Zvonkin.
updated – Fabruary 2015