Within the framework of EUROPALIA, and as part of ALIAS, a group show with and throughout the city of Aalst, the artist Virginia Lupu (°1990, lives and works in Timisoara) will produce and present a new project curated by Anca Rujoiu (lives and works in Timisoara/Singapore).
Nine contemporary artworks are distributed throughout the city of Aalst. Some places are popular and crowded. Other places remain hidden to most people, or have residents who remain invisible. Throughout the exhibition, fact and fiction intertwine. Just as a city transforms under the influence of its inhabitants and visitors, so do residents change due to the city they live in. Because of this interac- tion, residents give new meaning to what citizenship means for their city in the making.
In the context of ALIAS, Virginia will produce a new body of photographic and video works focusing on the major witches reunion planned this year in Romania. Capturing this ritual through photo- graphs and video work, the artist will hark back to the political roots of witchcraft and reassert its power. The commission of Virginia Lupu is anchored in the current but also historical context of Aalst that accounts for manifestation of witchcraft practices.
The project of Virginia Lupu is conceived as one of the inserts within the fabric of the city. The artist will conduct an extensive research on the occult and magical practices that have yet to find a critical representation in the visual culture from Romania. Working with and immersing herself into various Roma communities in Romania, the artist will bring forward the female figures of a practice that is gender-exclusive to women and will reflect as well on the transgenerational dialogues.
Curator: Anca Rujoiu
- 9300 Aalst