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Mona Vatamanu Florin Tudor

On the occasion of the Surplus Value exhibition (Sept 6 till Nov 9 2009), BAK releases the first monographic publication on the work of Mona Vatamanu and Florin Tudor. The artists' engagement in defining today's issues as collective memory, erasure, the remnants of fallen regimes, and amnesia towards recent history has positioned them among the most compelling and literate interpreters of our contemporary post-communist condition, which extends far beyond their native Romania to the 'former West' and further afield.

The publication provides the most comprehensive overview of Vatamanu's and Tudor's artistic production to date, including extensive images of their work since 2000, covering a range of media including film, photography, painting, performance, and site-specific projects. These images are put into dialogue with four major newly commissioned texts by Cosmin Costinas (writer and curator BAK, Utrecht), Vivian Rehberg (art historian and art critic, Paris), David Riff (art critic and artist, Moscow) and Georg Schöllhammer (curator and editor-in-chief of Springerin, Vienna).
Each of these authors critically analyze and consider Vatamanu's and Tudor's work from diverse perspectives, all of which are grounded in certain modes of thinking about history and its relationship to contemporary art. In addition, Bucharest-based curator and writer Mihnea Mircan's in-depth interview with the artists sheds light on the genesis of the new projects developed especially for the Surplus Value exhibition at BAK.
Vatamanu's and Tudor's use of the city of Bucharest as raw material for many of their pieces, their views on the fledgling democratic sphere in Romania, and the problematic of value in the current state of globalized neoliberal capitalism are also subject of the discussions.

Awarded Best Dutch Book Design 2009
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website Mona Vatamanu and Florin Tudor
website BAK, basis voor actuele kunst
co-published with
Cosmin Costinas, Maria Hlavajova, Mihnea Mircan, Vivian Rehberg, David Riff, Georg Schöllhammer
Cosmin Costinas, Jill Winder
graphic design
Kummer & Herrman, Utrecht
hardcover | 112 pp | 19 x 24 cm
€ 25.00