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Stefan Rusu

Stefan Rusu – artist, curator
(born in Kâietu, Moldova) based in Chisinau and Bucharest.

Stefan’s artist and curatorial agenda is closely connected to undergoing processes and changes occurred in the post-socialist societies after 1989. Among his preoccupations are the aspects of mass-manipulation techniques, political engineering strategies (political engineering), forms of colonization and culturalization that culminated in some cases with the construction of artificial entities, as it is the case of Republic of Moldova. Rusu was trained as visual artist and later extended his practice to curating, managing and fundraising projects, editing TV programs, producing experimental films, TV reports and documentaries.

Starting from the year 2000 he is involved in the evolution of KSAK Center for Contemporary Art from Chisinau in the frame of which he develops curatorial projects and art initiatives. In 2005/2006 he attended the Curatorial Training Program at Stichting De Appel from Amsterdam where he co-curated Mercury in Retrograde (http://mercuryinretrograde.deappel.nl/). In 2010 he was artist in residence at Centre International d’Accueil et d’Echanges des Récollets, Paris where he initiated curatorial research project - Drifting Identity Station, in the same year he was awarded a CEC Artslink Fellowship and completed the residence at Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice of California College of the Arts from San Francisco. His most recent curatorial project (completed in 2011) is CHISINAU - Art, Research in the Public Sphere – a cross-disciplinary platform that investigated the connections between political and cultural symbols and propaganda and its impact on the urban environment, the interferences between personal narratives and imported ideologies and cultural discourses in relation to the public sphere. The project aim was to explore the dominant institutional and political discourses that have shaped the society and the urban landscape of the city of Chisinau in the course of its recent history. (http://www.art.md/2010/sfera_publica_prezentare_en.html)





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