Iosif Király, from the series Indirect, Romania, 1990–1999
Performing 89. States of Disillusion
Sep 7 – Oct 22, 2023
Institute of the Present
Timișoara, Romania

Between September 7 and October 22, 2023, The Institute of the Present presents Performing 89. States of Disillusion, an exhibition that weaves together some of the intricate storylines of the nineties which emerged in the light of political and social turns occurring after 1989. Engaging with the decade’s legacy and geographically circumscribing its research to the otherwise contrasted historical paths followed by countries like Romania, Hungary and Serbia, PERFORMING 89 traces the intersecting lines of these diverse realities which experienced euphoria and defiance, loss and transformation, war and demystification. The exhibition features a diverse range of medium-based artworks that, retrospectively, lie between documentary and subjective artistic investigation.

Artists: APSOLUTNO, Balázs Beöthy, Nikola Džafo, Miomir Grujić Fleka, FIA Art Group, Teodor Graur, Róza El-Hassan, Big Hope, Iosif Király, LED ART, LITTLE WARSAW, Dan Mihălţianu, Saša Marković Mikrob, Csaba Nemes, Vesna Pavlović, Lia Perjovschi, Dan Perjovschi, Škart, subREAL, Újlak, Sorin Vreme / Curator: Alina Șerban

The opening is scheduled on September 7 at 18:00, with the participation of the guest artists and is followed by a concert with Șuie Paparude, featuring Zimbru, which marks the opening of the exhibitions PERFORMING 89, organised by The Institute of the Present, and BRIGHT CITYSCAPES: Turn Signals – Design is not a Dashboard, organised by FABER and the Polytechnic University of Timișoara, events taking place on the same day. The opening weekend also includes guided tours and debates scheduled for September 8 and 9.

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