Geta Brătescu’s participation in the 2017 Venice Biennale brings together works representative of all the stages of her artistic trajectory—many of them shown for the first time—demonstrating the ease with which she employs a multitude of artistic media. She draws on a series of procedures from the visual and conceptual arsenal of modernism, but also modulates and transforms this legacy, while at the same time advancing toward contemporary modes of expressing and conceptualizing the artistic act, with an emphasis on performance, process, self-representation, and the serial.
The exhibition Apparitions is conceived through the lens of thematic clusters, including the most recent phase in her artistic practice, in an attempt to provide a mirror of her studio space, understood both as a physical space and a meta-artistic entity. The physical and mental spaces of the studio blend together in a complex assemblage, and so do the literary texts with their visual conceptualizations, the feminine mythologies with the process of self-investigation, personal memory with cultural memory and imagination. “Memory is apparition; an epiphany, like art,” states the artist.
Image: Installation view, ‘Geta Brătescu. Apparitions’, Romanian Pavilion, Giardini, La Biennale di Venezia
Photo: Jens Ziehe, Berlin