Mihaela Varzari was born in Iași, Romania and lives in London, where she undertaks a PhD in History of Art at University of Kent, UK. She has previously studied at Birkbeck College and Goldsmith College between 2009 and 2015. She is an independent curator who has worked with artists like Liliana Basarab (Ro), Ziad Antar (Lb) and Heath Bunting (UK).
Friday, 18 November 2011
Accidents, Mutation and Mistakes, ceramic works by Liliana Basarab, 2008
In our western culture a tripartite installation is never innocent of
the loaded symbolism to do with the family unit, Christianity or the idea of perfection served to us via classical symmetry. Visual artist Liliana Basarab does not shy away from using
the canon to its imminent exhaustion. The three ceramic based sculptures titled Different Teams, Family Connection
and Untitled (Pregnant bottles) examine with wit and energy the
impotency and frustration of familial, thus inescapable relations. Crippled representations such as shoes, bottles, football players all suffer from the uncanny, for having gone through severe
modifications. The narrative starts with the pregnant bottles which, due to their maternal qualities make possible the appearance of a perverted, dysfunctional family where mother, father and baby are interlinked through the
continuous rear straps of the sandals while the brothers share one leg with
catastrophic consequences for their football game. Oppression of and futility at one’s action due to strict social interconnections create the imagine
of a doomed family with no future prospects. Liliana Basarab's incorporation of the unexpected - a product of readdressing the need for representation in western culture - becomes
particularly important here.
Untitled (Pregnant bottles), 2008, courtesy the artist
Galeria MORA and Liliana BASARAB presents Accidents, Mutation and Mistakes ceramic works.
Private view: Friday, April 16, 19H00
The exhibition remains open until May 6 Monday-Friday 11H00-17H00 by appointment at 021 3165541
Liliana BASARAB (born 1979), visual artist, lives and works in Iasi, Romania. In 2005-2006, she participated in the residency programme of the Pavillon / Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France.