Organizers / Team
Magda Radu is a curator and art historian based in Bucharest. She is one of the founders and co-curator of the program Salonul de proiecte, which functioned between 2011 and 2015 at MNAC Anexa and is now an independent initiative located in the Universul Palace in Bucharest. She edited (or co-edited) several exhibitions catalogues and books, among which: Art in Romania Between 1945-2000. An Analysis from Today’s Perspective (2016), subREAL (2015), Dear Money (2014) and André Cadere / Andrei Cădere (2011). In the last few years she also curated exhibitions at institutions including MUSAC, Leon; Spinnerei, Leipzig; and Photo España, Madrid. At the National University of Arts in Bucharest, she taught a course about the history and theory of conceptual art in Eastern Europe, as well as a Curatorial Studies course.
Corina Bucea is a cultural manager based in Cluj, Romania. She has extensive experience in coordinating cultural projects, arts production and cultural policies. Corina is one of the founding members of the contemporary art space Fabrica de Pensule / The Paintbrush Factory in Cluj, Romania, where she currently works as a program director. Within the Paintbrush Factory Federation, Corina has managed over the last 7 years more than 20 projects on various fields – from visual to performing arts, education and training. Corina has been awarded the Gabriela Tudor Grant for Cultural Managers in 2010. She has been involved in several international projects, being connected with networks such as IETM, Balkan Express, etc. Besides project management and coordination, Corina has initiated art mediation and education programs and has been responsible, during the last 3 years, for the communication of Temps d’Images Festival in Cluj. Corina Bucea has also previously worked in projects representing Romania at the Art and Architecture Venice Biennale – as a project coordinator in 2013 for Alexandra Pirici and Manuel Pelmuș – An Immaterial Retrospective of the Venice Biennale and Selfie Automaton in 2016, as well as a custodian coordinator in 2015 for Adrian Ghenie – Darwin’s Room.
Diana Ursan is an artistic operator based in Bucharest. She studied at the Art History and Theory Department of the National University of Arts in Bucharest, where she is currently a PhD candidate with a research focused on the local art scene. Diana writes about art, mainly contemporary art, with contributions in Arta and Observator Cultural magazines and in the Dear Money publication, edited by Salonul de proiecte. În 2016 she edited the volume Ștefan Sava – Artist Book / Carte de artist, published by Ivan Gallery, Bucharest. From 2012 until 2016 she was a research assistant for the project VisART – Contemporary Art Conservation, and between 2013-2015 she worked as a curator for AnnArt Gallery, Bucharest. In 2015, Diana was a custodian at the Romanian Pavilion, Venice Biennale, and since April 2015 she has been managing director for Ivan Gallery in Bucharest.
Cătălin Năstăsoiu is a creative producer/designer with over 20 years of experience in marketing and communication for business, broadcast, and advertising. He studied at the National University of Arts in Bucharest, The Faculty of Decorative Arts and Design. As a Creative Consultant for CME (Central European Media Enterprising), he was part of the launching team for several media brands in Romania, Slovakia and Poland. He cosigned brands like MediaPro International, ProTV, ProFM, MediaPro Studios, Markiza TV or TV Wisła. In 2001, he moved to New York, establishing CATAPULT Creative Partners Inc., working on both American coasts, as well as in Europe, with companies such as Paramount Pictures, New York University, Loews Communications, HKM Productions, R&R Live, CNN International. In Romania, he collaborates with Antonescu PR & Consulting, developing communication concepts for events and business, from initiation to implementation.
Oana Hodade works alongside cultural organisations in Cluj, for the production and promotion of contemporary arts. She is interested in different artistic media and formats – sound and field recording, photography and illustration, written word, book-objects, and the points of their intersection. She worked as a dramaturg for several theatre performances and coordinated the editorial activity of the magazine LeCtura. Since 2014, she is part of Temps d’Images Festival team and contributes to the making of Focus Atelier Cluj – a platform of workshops and debates –, and starting from 2015, she is communication coordinator for The Paintbrush Factory.
Cristina Curcan is a Romanian artist living and working in Cluj-Napoca. She graduated the University of Arts and Design Cluj in 2011, having studied in the Department of Decorative Arts and Design. In 2012 she co-founded the project space Lateral ArtSpace, within The Paintbrush Factory. She is part of the curatorial team of Lateral ArtSpace, coordinating the exhibition program, and also handling the communication and promotion of the space. She is constantly involved in various cultural projects in the visual arts, from editing publications to project management, helping with communication and administrative matters. Since 2016, she is a member of the Board of Directors of The Paintbrush Factory.
Raymond Bobar is a graphic and typeface designer based in Bucharest. He worked as a designer for cultural projects such as Transylvania Film Festival, Plan B Gallery, IDEA Publishing House, Anim’est Festival, The Paintbrush Factory, Salonul de proiecte, Nicodim Gallery, etc. He also worked at the New York based studio 2×4, where he created books, typefaces and environmental design projects. He has an MA degree from the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication at the University of Reading, UK, and studied typography at Cooper Union in New York City; he has a BA degree from the University of Arts in Bucharest. He works out of his small studio in Bucharest and as a type designer for Dalton Maag and for Miles Newlyn in London. His work has been exhibited at the Romanian Design Week and other book design exhibitions in Romania and abroad. He is the art director of the magazine DoR (Decât o Revistă) which won the Design Award for Publications in Cele mai frumoase cărți din România [The Most Beautiful Books in Romania], 2016.
Dan Burzo is a designer and software engineer based in Cluj, Romania. He is a co-founder of Moqups, where he currently works as a development manager. Dan is part of the core team of Someș Delivery, where he manages the project’s online presence and doubles as a digital and print designer. Since early 2016, Dan contributes at running White Cuib, a small exhibition space that showcases the work of emerging Romanian visual artists and musicians. Dan has developed digital solutions for organizations in the cultural and social sectors, including madeincluj (a project of the PlusMinus Association), Urban Food Stories (the Romanian Expo Stand at the International Union of Architects World Congress, Durban, 2014), Selfie Automaton (the Romanian Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale), Hotspot.Art, and Temps D’Images Festival.
Ștefan Sava is an artist based in Bucharest. He holds a MA from the Photo‑Video Department, National University of Arts in Bucharest, where he is currently enrolled as a PhD student. His projects combine photography, video, performance and object and are based on a long process of theoretical reflection and research. He is particularly interested in the subject of recent history and in the way in which the history can be visually reactivated through an analytical approach. Since 2014, he is a co-founder of Salonul de proiecte Association, with a rich experience in organizing cultural events and in artistic production. Since 2011, he closely collaborated with Geta Brătescu for many photographic portraits of her, published in Financial Times, Tate Etc., Art Review and various catalogues, and in producing some of her recent works.
Attila Kim has extensive experience in architectural design, exhibition architecture, cultural event design and restoration, acknowledged by many awards, such as the Arts and Society Leadership Award from Aspen Institute for his support to the overall development of Romania’s cultural patrimony, the National Architecture Biennale and Transylvania Architecture Biennale, nominations for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award, etc.
Attila Kim studied architecture at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, with a MA in Rehabilitation of Historical Monuments from the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and a PhD in Liberal Arts from the University of Art Moholy Nagy in Budapest. Key art exhibitions designed by Kim include: Adrian Ghenie – Darwin’s Room, the Romanian Pavilion in La Biennale di Venezia (2015); Mircea Cantor: Q.E.D., The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest (2013-2014), etc. Furthermore, Kim is the architect of the Romanian Design Week editions and the author of design exhibitions showcasing Romanian talents at the Stockholm Design Week, Vienna Design Week, London Fashion Week and London Architecture Festival. His portfolio includes the restoration of the Elvire Popesco Cinema Hall (French Institute, Bucharest), the Arta Cinema in Cluj-Napoca, among others.
Salonul de proiecte
Salonul de proiecte is a curatorial program initiated in 2011 by Magda Radu and Alexandra Croitoru. The program focuses, through exhibitions, presentations and debates, on the Romanian contemporary art, while positioning young artists’ productions into a broader context – local, as well as international. Between 2011 and 2015, Salonul de proiecte was located within MNAC Anexa and was supported by the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest. Since the fall of 2015 the program functions exclusively through the Salonul de proiecte Association.
Team: Alexandra Croitoru, Magda Radu, Ștefan Sava, Alina Bucur.