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Vlad NANCĂ (*)
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  • Plant mobile, 2014, madf, ceramic tiles, wheels, 47 x 47 x 72 cm

  • Fruit stickers, 2015, watercolor on paper, 15 x 15 cm each

  • Souvenir, 2014, found negative, enlarged ultra giclee print 48 x 70 cm

  • Endless nature I / Endless nature II, 2012 - 2014, ceramic pots, indoor plant, 16 x 16 x 80 cm / 14 x 14 x 138 cm

(*) OPERE DISPONIBILI 

Vlad Nancă nasce a Bucharest nel 1979 dove vive e lavora. Artista e a volte curatore ritrae il contesto circostante e, influenzato dalla vita a Bucharest, documenta l'ambiente urbano attraverso la fotografia, l'istallazione e la performance. Nei suoi numerosi progetti utilizza diverse tecniche artistiche: simboli socio-culturali, talvolta giochi di parole per evocare nostalgia o per far riferimento al passato recente della Romania e sfidarne il clima culturale attuale. I lavori di Nancă sono stati inclusi in A few grams of Red, Yellow, Blue, al Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Ujazdowski Castle a Varsavia a cura di Ewa Gorządek (2014); Image to be projected until it vanishes al Museion di Bolzano (2011); DEMOC(K)RACY 1 a La Criée, Centre d'Art Contemporain Rennes (2011); Der Prozess a cura di Marco Scotini, Prague Biennale 3 (2007).
Attualmente è presente in due mostra collettive: Appearance & Essence a cura di Rainald Schumacher e Nathalie Hoyos a Halele Timco, Timisoara Art Encounters e a Nature. Arte ed Ecologia, a cura di Margherita de Pilati, alla Galleria Civica/Mart di Trento.

Parallelamente alla sua pratica artistica Vlad Nancă è stato parte attiva nel processo di aggregazione della giovane scena artistica di Bucharest in Romania, è infatti fondatore del Bukres blog, ospita 'home galleries' (2020 home gallery, Apartamentul 17) e cura mostre (Wait… nel 2006, Back to the future nel 2007, alla Galeria Nouă di Bucharest) per incoraggiare e supportare gli artisti locali offrendo loro una piattaforma espositiva per il loro lavoro.

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(*) AVAILABLE WORKS

Vlad Nancă was born in Bucharest in 1979 where he lives and works.
Artist and sometimes curator he draws on the environment and influenced by life in Bucharest, he documents urbanity through his photographs, installations, and performances. His various projects employ different mediums, as well as diverse social and cultural symbols, often including word-play, to evoke nostalgia, reference Romania’s recent past, and challenge the current cultural climate. Nancă’s work has been included in A few grams of Red, Yellow, Blue, curated by Ewa Gorządek at the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw (2014); Image to be projected until it vanishes at Museion in Bolzano (2011); DEMOC(K)RACY 1 at La Criée, Centre d'Art Contemporain Rennes (2011); Der Prozess curated by Marco Scotini, Prague Biennale 3 (2007).
Now he is present in two group shows: Appearance & Essence, curated by Rainald Schumacher and Nathalie Hoyos, at Halele Timco, part of Timisoara Art Encounters and Nature. Arte ed Ecologia, curated by Margherita de Pilati, in Galleria Civica/Mart in Trento.

In parallel with his art practice Vlad Nancă an active part in the coagulation of the young artist scene of Bucharest in Romania, infact he is the founder of Bukres blog, he hosts ‘home galleries’ (2020 home gallery, Apartamentul 17) and curates exhibitions (Wait… in 2006, Back to the future, in 2007, at Galeria Nouă, Bucharest) to encourage and support local artists by offering a platform to show their work.

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
In the natural landscape the human is an intruder, SABOT, Cluj-Napoca - R

2015
Souvenirs from Earth, Galeria Calina, Timisoara - RO

From White Square to White Cube, Alert Studio Bucharest - RO

2014
That '70s Show, Boccanera Gallery, Trento - IT 

2013  
Garden of Mary, Sabot Gallery, Cluj‐Napoca - RO

2012
Contemporary Locus 3, curated by Paola Tognon, ex Hotel Commercio, Bergamo - IT

2011 
The Way, curated by Liviana Dan, Contemporary Art Gallery, Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu - RO

2010
Works, Sabot Gallery, Cluj‐Napoca - RO

The End, Galeria Laika, Bucharest - BO 

2009
Commemora, Galerie ArtPoint, Kultur Kontakt Vienna - A
 
My Space, Universul Palace, Bucharest - RO

2007
Happy Sunday, installation, performance, Work of the month at the Contemporary Art Museum, Bucharest - RO
 
Galeria Noua Home Gallery, Galeria Noua, Bucharest - RO
 
Boulevard Renault 12, French Institute, Bucharest - RO
 
Dream of Bucharest, curated by Jean-Baptiste Joly, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart - D

2005
Ups and Downs, H’art Gallery, Bucharest - RO

Errorism, DSBA Gallery, Bucharest - RO

Terrorism, Sex Trade Gallery, Bucharest - RO

2003  
Vlad Nanca lives and works in Romania, 2020 Home Gallery, Bucharest - RO

Down to Earth, CIRKUS Gallery, SKC, Belgrade - SRB

2002
Framing Huesca, Huesca, Spain - ES 

2001
Swing Me, International Center for Contemporary Arts, Bucharest - RO
 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

Art on Stage, curator: Hervé Mikaeloff, Art Safari, Bucharest - R

Manufacturing Nature / Naturalizing the Synthetic, curator: Diana Marincu, FRAC des Pays de Loire, Carquefou - F

CUT(REZ) Images of Discontinuity, curator: Branka Bencic and Tihomir Milovac, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb - HR

Orient, curator: Michal Novotny, traveling exhibition / Kim?, Riga; Bozar; Bruxelles; Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow - PL

DOUBLE HEADS MATCHES - A selection of contemporary artworks from four Romanian private collections, curator: Diana Marincu and Zsuzsanna Szegedy-Maszák, New Budapest Gallery, Budapest - H

2017 
Półprawda | Half-Truth, works by Central and Eastern European contemporary artists from Art Collection Telekom, curator: Nathalie Hoyos, Rainald Schumacher and Ewa Kozik, Warsaw - PL

Notes On The Afterlifes, collaboration with Nona Inescu, Rokolectiv Festival, 20 - 23 April 2017 at Salonul de Proiecte, Bucharest - R

Aerial roots, with Nona Inescu, curated by Nikolett Eröss, Trapéz Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

2016
Newrope, curated by Omar Mirza, 22 September - 13 November 2016, Nitranska Galeria, Nitra, Slovakia

NEXUS: Open Fusions, curated by Simona Nastac, 19 August - 9 October 2016, Craiova Art Museum, Craiova - RO

SHAPE OF TIME – FUTURE OF NOSTALGIA, works from the Deutsche Telekom collection, curated by Adriana Oprea, Nathalie Hoyos and Rainald Schumacher, MNAC Contemporary art museum, Bucharest - RO

Neptune Terrace, curated by Sui Fong Yim and Inti Guerrero,  Neptune, Hong Kong

Wisdom of the Earth. This is not a stone, curated by Valentina Iancu, National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest - RO

Eight present artists, curated by Laura Borotea and József Bartha, MAGMA, Székelyföld - RO

2015
Nature. Arte ed Ecologia, curated by Margherita de Pilati, Galleria Civica, Trento - IT

Appearance & Essence, curated by Rainald Schumacher and Nathalie Hoyos, Halele Timco, Art Encounters Foundation, Timișoara - RO

The Sons and Daughters of Brancusi. A Family Saga (Act I), a project by Alexandra Croitoru, Plan B, Cluj - RO 

Objects of desire, Sabot Gallery, Cluj - RO

Few were happy with their condition, Kuntlerhaus Winterthur - CH

Collecting for Tomorrow: new works at Museion, curated by Letizia Ragaglia, Museion, Bolzano - IT

Examples for Non-universal Chair, Magma, Sfantu Gheorghe - RO

Few were happy with their condition, Kunsthalle, Winterthur - CH

2014
The Romanian-Bulgarian Union. A retrospective, Salonul De Projecte, Bucharest - RO

Blurred Lines, A|B|Contemporary Gallery, Zurich - CH

Fragile Sense of Hope, curated by Nathalie Hoyos and Rainald Schumacher, Art Collection Telekom, me Collectors Room / Olbricht Foundation, Berlin - D

A few grams of Red, yellow, blue. New Art from Romania, curated by Ewa Gorządek, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw - PL

Wool & wool, Romanian Cultural Institute, Stockholm - S

Get up, Mains d’Oeuvres, Saint-Ouen, Paris - FR

2013
Get  up, curated by Ann Stouvenel, The Paintbrush Factory, Cluj Napoca - RO

2012
Contemporary locus 3, curated by Paola Tognon, ex Hotel Commercio, Bergamo - IT

New Nomenclature, curated by Daria D. Pervain, Pies gallery, Poznan - PL

Ready, Set, Go!, Nitra Gallery, Nitra - SK

2011
Bucharest: City of Paradoxes, Photo Espana, Madrid - ES

DEMOC(K)RACY #1, La Criée, Rennes - FR

Bombastic Fantastic Plain Vanilla, amt_project, Bratislava - SK

Image to be projected until it vanishes, curated by Mihnea Mircan, MUSEION, Bolzano - IT

2010 
Raising Dust, Calvert 22 gallery, London - UK

Young artists’ Biennial, Ştirbei Palace, Bicharest - RO

Mircea Pinte Collection, Museum of Art Cluj, Cluj Napoca - RO

Social Cooking Romania, Contemporary Art Gallery of the National Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu - RO

2009
La condició de la imatges, Institut d'Estudis Ilerdencs, Lleida - ES 

1989 - 2009. 20 years after, MOYA - Museum of Young Art, Vienna - A

Dacia, Galerie Commune, Tourcoing - FR

Bad Times / Good Times, Futura Gallery, Prague - CZ

Land of Human Rights: Being Responsible for Resources, , Graz - A

2008
Overcoming Dictatorships, Rotunda Gallery University of Birmingham - UK, MNAC Bucharest - RO

Zarea / Made in Republica Moldova, Apartamentul 17, Bucharest - RO

New Bucharest Markets, Romanian Cultural Center London - UK

Communism Never happened, Pavillion Normandi, Caen - FR

Remix (with Janek Simon), urated by Lukasz Gorczyca, Raster Gallery, Warsaw - PL

2007 
Social Cooking, curated by Dan Mihaltianu, NKGB, Berlin - D

Art For Fun, Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca - ES 

Back to the future / Cu spatele la viitor, Galeria Noua, Bucharest - RO

History Simulator, Galerie Leerer Beutel, Regensburg - D

Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana - SLO

Der Prozess, curated by Marco Scotini, Prague Biennale 3, Prague - CZ

Editing Project, Rome - IT

Ideal Urbanities, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart - D

2006
WeAreTheArtists: Mixed Pickels 2, K3, Zurich, Switzerland - CH

Playing with terrorism, Kunstleverein Malkasten, Dusseldorf - D

Polish Year in Madagascar, Antananarivo, Madagascar / Atlas Stzuki, Lodz - PL

Black Box, contemporary Romanian videoart, House of Arts, Brno - CZ

2005
WeAreTheArtists: Mixed Pickels 1, curated by Oliver Kielmayer, K3, Zurich, Switzerland - CH

Playing with Terrorism, MASC Foundation, Vienna - A

Fake, ATA Contemporary Art Center, Plovdiv, Bulgaria - BG

On difference #1, curated by Iris Dressler and Hans D. Christ, Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany - D

2004
formate / movig patterns Bukarest ca. 2004, Kunsthalle projectspace, Vienna - A

Romanian artists (and not only) love Ceauşescu’s Palace?!, Contemporary Art Musem  Buchaest - RO

Lyon Septembre de la Photographie, Lyon, France - FR

Relocation Academy / Shake Society, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg - L

2003
Okuparte, festival, Huesca, Spain - ES

Preview, Kalinderu Medialab, Contemporary Art Museum, Bucharest - RO
 

ART FAIRS

2016
Miart, Boccanera Gallery, Milano - IT

2015
ViennaContemporary, Boccanera Gallery, Vienna - A

Artinternational, Boccanera Gallery, Instanbul - TR

Arte Fiera, Boccanera Gallery, Bologna - IT

 

OTHER PROJECTS

2014
Curator of  Romanian - Bulgarian Union. A retrospective, Salonul De Proiecte, Bucharest - RO

2012-13
Residency, ARTPORT, Tel Aviv - IL

2009  
Workshop at ACAF ‐ Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum, Alexandria, Egypt - ETH

2008  
Co‐founded and coordinated Scoala Generala free school in Bucharest - RO  

Design assistant, Antidót, written and directed by Nicoleta Esinencu, Brancusi Gallery Chisinau - MD

Curator of Back to the future / Cu spatele la viitor, Anca Benera, Daniel Gontz,
Cezar Lazaresu, Mircea Nicolae, Dragos Platon at Galeria Noua, Bucharest - RO

2006
Curator of Wait…, Marwan Anbaky, Alina Andrei, Tudor Ene, Tudor Prisacariu, Lucian Stan, Galeria Noua, Bucharest - RO

2005 
± 15 years / 2020, Galeria Noua, Bucharest - RO

2004
I do not know what union I want to belong to anymore, magazine from Cluj-Napoca - RO 

I do not know what union I want to belong to anymore, billboard poster project, Bratislava - SK

Revolution Brand, April Meetings, Belgrade - SRB


EDUCATION  

1999/2001
Art University Bucharest, Photography and Video Department 

 

AWARDS

2015
Videoinsight® Prize 2015, ArteFiera Bologna 2015 - IT

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Catalogues

2014
Vlad Nancă, That ‘70s Show, exhibition catalogue, Boccanera Gallery, Trento - IT

2011
Art & Agenda Political Art and Activism, Ed Gestalten, Berlin - D

2008
Social Cooking Romania, exhibition catalogue, Ed NGBK, Berlin - D

2007
Dream of Bucharest, exhibition catalogue, Ed. Merz & Solitude, Stuttgart - D

2006
Photography in contemporary art. Trends in Romania after 1989, Ed Asociatia Galeria Noua, Bucharest - RO

2005
COMMUNITY WORK – A Report, exhibition catalogue “Paradoxes: The
Embodied City”, by Mihnea Mircan, Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon - PT

2004
Re:location 1‐7 Shake, by Adam Budak, Casino Luxembourg, Ed Folio Verlag, Vienna - A

Hedwig Saxenhuber und Georg Schöllhammer, formate Bukarest ca. 2004, Ed. Springerin, “formate” exhibition catalogue, Kunsthalle Project Space, Wien - A

Re:Location Shake – Luxemburg, by Paolo Bianchi, Kunstforum International, vol. 173
 

Articles

2014

Vlad Nancă e i ricordi presenti degli anni ’70, by Aaron Ceolan, in "Franzmagazine", 11/12/2014

Lo show degli anni ’70 per Vlad Nancă, by Chiara Radice, in “L’Adige”, 03/12/2014

From politics to poetics. A memory transfer with Vlad Nancă, in “Unrest Bucharest”, 26/11/2014

Alla galleria Boccanera c’è Vlad Nanca, in “Trentino”, 26/11/2014

Dallo sfarzo alla semplicità. I contrasti di Vlad Nancă, by Gabriella Brugnara, in “Corriere dell’Alto Adige”, 14/11/2014

2006
“Flash Art” n. 249 – 251

2005
Laicitate si complicitate, insert, Observator Cultural, n. 286

How to Renovate a Totalitarian Building, by Stephen Zacks, in “Metropolis” n. 24

2004
New Fetishisms. A new generation in Romanian contemporary art, by Cosmin Costinas, in “Umelec” n. 3