Curated by Silviu Padurariu
Galeria ElectroPutere is pleased to invite you to the opening of Dialogical Silence exhibition.
Opening: 04 June 19.00 – 21.00, 56, Calea București / Craiova
The temptation to connect image to history is redundant in a context where the authority of word and speech has lost the grip on reality. At present, the dialogue is a mechanic, reflex behaviour, an area determined and conditioned by the Network machine and screen. The inner dialogue is the only archaic formula, the final natural realm where men can question their humanity and artificiality – being placed in a middle and abstract plan, away from the influence of visual culture conventions.
The technological shock and suspension are elements of a new form of dumbness, internalization and salvation. Communication cannot be explicit, but coded, the narrative loses its sequence to synthetic and shortened articulations, figuration (or abstraction) become representations of the same nature consumed as raw material, universal forms becoming particular signs. Given the analogy of environment as an extension of man, and of the image produced as a narcissistic act (McLuhan), the present reveals the image as an environment of own individuation. The extension of man becomes the new identity, and the symptoms of self-reflection circumscribe the new laws of a normal existence in an electric field. The exercise proposed – as a dual monologue between Robert Koteles and Arantxa Etcheverria – can be read as rhetorics of intermediary existences between inside and outside, between materiality and appearance, between idea and vision. Dialogic silence that sets the image of unintelligible, unreachable, undisseminable finality.
The dumb duo, Koteles and Etchverria, becomes one entity and takes the form of a coded guide for the cleansing of world image through non-communication and internalisation as acts of cleaning and salvation. Two antithetic positions can outline the figure of a new luminescent, electrified and insensitive deity that has become the repository of human emotions, memories and actions.
Robert Koteles born in 1975, Salonta, studied visual arts at the Faculty of Plastic Arts and Design, Timișoara, 1993 – 1998. Lives and works in Romania
Arantxa Etcheverria born in 1975, Franța, studied National School of Fine Arts at the Villa Arson, Nice, Scenography and costumes, Strasbourg National Theatre. Has lived and worked in Romania since 2006
Silviu Padurariu born in 1978, Bacau, author of Unrest/Bucharest, an independent research platform that is dedicated for Romanian contemporary painting.