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bmatei on Thu, 12 Dec 2002 18:48:33 +0100 (CET)

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[Nettime-ro] Matei Bejenaru at Offspace Vienna

          An exhibition by Romanian artist Matei 
          Offspace Gallery, Vienna
Gartnergasse 1/7, tel/fax 01 961 98 41
          Opening: December 13, 2002, 7-9pm

	Matei Bejenaru’s SALUT exhibition is dealing with 
social and political aspects of gypsie (Roma) 
communities from different East-European 
countries. After the collapse of communism, gipsie 
communities faced different economical and 
separatist pressures in their countries as well in all 
Western Europe. The artist is focusing on Romania, 
the country with the largest gipsie minority in 
Europe and Czech Republic, where gipsies 
integration is difficult.
	Matei Bejenaru’s art project is trying to create a 
communicational shortcut between the gipsie 
communities from the cities of Brno – Czech 
Republic and Iasi – Romania, by inviting some 
gipsie people to meet in Offspace Gallery. After a 
never ending time of international circulation 
restrictions, both in Romania and Czech Republic, 
they will have the official right to travel abroad in 
dignity, because of an art project.
	Also, two videos with interviews in gipsie language, 
shoot in Brno and Iasi, will be exhibited in the show.

	Matei Bejenaru is a visual artist and curator from 
Iasi, Romania. In his last art projects he is focusing 
of social problematics of minorities in his country, 
as well with the situation of cheep Romanian 
workers in Europe. In his project "Strawberry Fields 
Forever”, from October 2002 he made a research 
about the situation of Romanian agricultural 
workers in Catalunyia, Spain.
	Matei Bejenaru had different solo shows at ATC 
Space Chicago in 2000 and at Kulturkontakt 
Gastatelier in 2002. In 2001 he participated in the 
Romanian Pavillion at the Venice Biennial, in the 
frame of "Context” project. He partipated to several 
Romanian group shows at Ludwig Museum in 
Budapest (1997), IFA Gallery Berlin (2000). 
Also, he is the director of Periferic International 
Biennial for Contemporary Art in Iasi, Romania 
(more informations on www.periferic.org).

Udo Bohnenberger
Curator Offspace
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