Too young for memories
Mihai Iepure-Gorski, Răzvan Anton
The artists` Mihai Iepure-Górski and Răzvan Anton “Too young for memories” project emerged from the title of a proletcultist short novel written by the Bistrița based author Teodor Tango, a novelist favorised by the comunist regime. The title is significant as the context of the book (that can be extended to the context inhabited by the two artists) depicts the protagonist`s biological age (Fana, a young theatre student), but also because it can be perceived as a portrayal of a cultural age -extending it to the national collective mind. Just like a teenager, the adolescence is often asociatted to the choices not bearing the burden of the consequences. And just like teenagers, there are young societies acting without acknowledging the results.
The works reflecting the exhibition`s itinerary represent a serie of reflections regarding memory and the recent history (30 years from the Revolution of 1989) that confront the audience with what one can call the pieces of a puzzle, the signs and simptoms of a failed revolution. Translationless flashbacks reveal themselves by pieces and convey intuitively, but tangibly and maybe concisely, a part of the key of negotiation, resolution and liberation of the collective mind and of the tragedies burdening them.
Mihai Iepure-Górski was born in Alba-Iulia, Romania. He is an Arts Academy graduate currently residing in Cluj-Napoca and working in a variety of mediums. Some of his recent shows include solos at Baril Gallery in Cluj-Napoca, group shows participations like in the 1st edition of Art Encounters, Timisoara, Survival Kit 4 Festival, Riga and European Travellers – Art from Cluj today, Műcsarnok, Budapest. He has been present in the 2nd edition of the Mobile Biennale and was among the recipients of the Open Calls of Salonul de Proiecte, Bucharest and has recently been hosted in Museums Quartier Vienna as artist in residence.
Răzvan Anton is a lecturer at the University of Arts and Design, Cluj-Napoca, and a member of Fabrica de Pensule`s artistic community (Brushes Factory). He worked in coordinating the project of digitalising the Minerva Photographic Press Archive. He was artist in residence in the TRACES project, between 2016 – 2019, in Mediaș, and in 2018, fall, at Museums Quartier Viena. Some of his most recent works are: Mnemonics (solo), EASTWARDS PROSPECTUS, Bucharest; group exhibitions: Contentious Objects / Ashamed Subjects, Politecnico di Milano, Galleria del Progetto, Milano; Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear, Eastwards Prospectus, Bucharest Life a User’s Manual: I work, therefore I’m not, Art Encounters, Timișoara; The future of memory, Tranzit House, Cluj-Napoca; GIF, MAGMA, Facts Plant and other (unconfessed)stories, Domino, Cluj.