The City Seen by the 80s Generation
The urban condition is an essential and recurrent theme for the writers and artists of the 80s, from start to finish.
The existential dimension, the social-political one, the search for ones identity from an individual perspective or the exploration of the various human categories, are a constant feature in the work of the artists from the 80s generation that had made their debut in the context of Atelier 35.
The contrasts and the dynamics of the post-totalitarian world, the aggressive offensive of consumer culture, the integration within the systems of the globalization phenomenon, the advantages and dangers of this situation, including a new “age” of alienation, are to be found in the art of this generation of artists in the last two decades. Concepts such as “glocalism”, that synthesizes these various conflicting issues, are ever present in the art of the 80s generation. Some artistic projects focus on the fact that the contemporary metropolis is a meeting point of high and low media consumer culture. The structural typology of the fragment leads us, as well as the features that were mentioned above, to the postmodern world view.
The artists that “make up” the exhibition at Victoria Art Center reveal the uneasy urban and social-political realities with a poignant lucidity, but remain sensible to the mysteries, the poetry and the picturesque.
The current take from the artists of the 80s generation makes use of artistic practices that are in perfect lineage with the thematic axis of the urban condition, and the artists have fully contributed to the dynamics of this generation from its beginnings, but also in its latter stages: photography, video art, computer based art, installation, object, performance. The artists included in this exhibition were invited to present more recent works, some of them being designed especially for the occasion.
The City Seen by the 80s Generation is the largest exhibition of its kind in the last twenty years, compiled entirely by artists that were active in the respective time frame, after they've ended their activity within Atelier 35. The artists present in the exhibition live and work in Bucharest, Oradea, Timişoara, Sibiu, Sfântu Gheorghe, all active cultural centers on the map of a generation of artists that developed their practices three decades ago, while others live and work beyond the Romanian borders, in Amsterdam or Düsseldorf. The exhibition puts together strong individuals that bear within themselves the landmarks of the same cultural heritage. (Adrian Guţă)