Between 25 November and 23 December, 2020, META Cultural Foundation organizes an online showcase presenting the works of ten artists active in the field of video art and cinematography. The works have been created throughout the three editions of their residency in Slon, between 2018-2020.
The event is part of the third edition of the “MagiC Carpets” – Artistic Residency in Slon (RO) programme, and takes place within the project MagiC Carpets, a platform developed by fifteen European partners, coordinated by the Kaunas Biennial from Lithuania, with the purpose of creating new artistic productions together with local artists and communities.
The artists selected by curator Raluca Elena Doroftei during the first edition (2018) are Larisa Crunţeanu (RO), Vojin Ivkov (SRB), and Michal Kindernay (CZ). The second edition, which took place in 2019, included artists Vlad Dinu (RO), Daniel Djamo (RO), Marta Elina Martinsone (LV), and Luisa Sequeira (PT), while this year the artists were Mihai Gavril Dragolea (RO), Toni Mijač (HR)/Vlad Dinu (RO) and Ana Țăran (RO).
Find more about the artists here.
Raluca Elena Doroftei is a cultural manager and curator. She supports the promotion of Romanian artists and culture in international contexts through her activity within Illustrators’ Club Association (2005-2007), Atelier 35 Gallery (2007-2009), Meta Cultural Foundation (2008, since 2018 up to now), Romanian Cultural Institute in Bucharest (2008-2011; since 2015 up to now), Romanian Cultural Institute in Madrid (2011-2015) and Pantograf Association (since 2020). Since 2018, she has been curator within the MagiC Carpets project, through Meta Cultural Foundation, a platform developed by fifteen European partners, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Since 2019, she has been a researcher at The Institute of Public Art, Shanghai, China. She lives and works in Bucharest.
The artistic residency in Slon is a 4-week workshop taking place annually in the village Slon, Cerașu commune, Prahova county, and in Bucharest, Romania, and its purpose is to bring together, over time, foreign and Romanian emerging directors/artists, aiming to encourage cultural mobility within the European Union and its related territories. The invited artists create an artistic project (an experimental film/short film) starting from the setting provided by the residency. They explore the Romanian countryside and engage local communities in the film making process until the end of their stay in Romania. One of the purposes of META Foundation is to bring together local and foreign artists, enabling them to work together, while regarding the location itself as a possible material and artistic content. Slon village and its surroundings, with everything involving the history, tradition, nature, and creative potential of the local community, become a research topic, inspiring the projects of the invited artists.