|Film still by Olivia Mihaltianu|
Courtesy the artist
The problem with choosing Re-Construction as a title is that it becomes too general and broad, too easily approachable and adaptable to and for any historical space. At the same time it illustrates the idea that Romania like other countries from East European but not only is undergoing a necessary process of re-construction. Thus, Fernando Sanchez Castillo is reconstructing imagines dipping into Spain’s recent history in his epic video Architecture for the horse, 2002, shot at Autonoma University in Madrid, where the artist is ridding a horse inside the building. The building was constructed after May 1968 in such a way that it would allow a policeman ridding a horse to enter and stop any revolutionary form on behalf of the students. Three old coats are hanging on a cloth hanger having the Romanian flag sewed in. It is Victor Man’s installation Untitled. Epic and evocative and perfectly installed on the exposition site but greatly misrepresented and misunderstood in the biennial’s catalog, Man chooses to represent the idea of nationality as something personal, intimate, which becomes very interpretable when seen in respect to collective memory.