Salonul de proiecte
Str. Actor Ion Brezoianu 23-25 - Palatul Universul Corp B Etaj 1


Salonul de proiecte is a curatorial program initiated in 2011 by Magda Radu and Alexandra Croitoru. The program focuses through exhibitions, presentations and debates on the Romanian contemporary art, while positioning young artists' productions into a broader context, local as well as international. Between 2011 and 2015 Salonul de proiecte was located within MNAC Anexa and was supported by the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest. Since the fall of 2015 the program functions exclusively through the Salonul de proiecte Association. Team: Alexandra Croitoru, Magda Radu, Ștefan Sava, Alina Bucur.

Where do we go from here?

Tip eveniment
Perioada Expozitie
19.09.2018 - 28.10.2018
  • 19:00 - Deschidere
  • 23:00 - Inchidere
“The map is not the territory.” (Alfred Korzybski) This exhibition is part of a larger strategy undertaken by Salonul de proiecte since 2011 to support the younger generation of artists. Whereas up until 2016 a series of open calls resulted in eight exhibitions showcasing new works produced specifically for the occasion, this time the collective Aici Acolo was invited to make a proposal aimed at engaging a community of emerging artists active in several of Romania’s artistic centres. Part of the on-going “Maps and Mapping: Cartographic Tools and Practices” project, which tackles contemporary artistic practices of mapping, the exhibition goes beyond conventional signs, metrics, and particular placements to look at geographies that can be addressed critically and subjectively. The works featured in the exhibition reflect various approaches to the processes of mapping, whether to do with personal histories, the intricacies of the body, economic difficulties, real/fictional spaces, invisible traces, or merely ways of re-narrating erstwhile fragments of histories. Geographies may fluctuate depending on how we make sense of the here and now, simultaneously localising and delocalising. How do we understand our present-day spatial situation? From grid references to the plotting of current positions, we map the spaces (both real and mental) we traverse in order to navigate our socio-political, emotional or imaginary states. Useful in making sense of the world, every map is someone’s way of getting you to look at the world as he/she sees it. The exhibition is connected to a series of three workshops conducted by Régine Debatty and Joana Moll at the Paintbrush Factory in Cluj, Răzvan Anton at the Romanian Academy Library in Cluj, and Lia Perjovschi at the Astra Library in Sibiu. The workshops focused on various artistic strategies of mapping: the investigation of cultural networks as they relate to cultural and everyday politics, the production of knowledge and how we visualise it, as well as the understanding of the ecological, social, and cultural impact of technology. These topics prompted discussions and critical reflections that bridged ideas between the young artists who took part in the workshops and went on to produce new works for this exhibition. Aici Acolo is a collective of young artists and curators based in Cluj who reactivate unused/abandoned urban spaces by transforming them into temporary art spaces for showcasing emerging practices. The project “Maps and Mapping: Cartographic Tools and Practices” marks the first collaboration between Salonul de proiecte and Aici Acolo, featuring workshops and pop-up exhibitions that support artistic projects at every stage of production, from the development of ideas to production and presentation. This exhibition is part of the “Maps and Mapping: Cartographic Tools and Practices” project, organised by the Salonul de proiecte Association in collaboration with Aici Acolo. With the support of: The National University of Art and Design Cluj-Napoca, The Paintbrush Factory Cluj-Napoca, The National University of Arts Bucharest, tranzit.ro/Sibiu, Astra Library Sibiu, Ivan Gallery Bucharest A cultural project co-funded by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. The AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or the manner in which the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the funding recipient. Salonul de proiecte functions with the long-term support of the Art Encounters Foundation, Timișoara.