Cristian Bors & Marius Ritiu: Venus von Hamburg

Venus von Hamburg | Press Release

September 3 – September 28, 2015
Opening Reception: September 12, 7-9 pm

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Bors & Ritiu is an artist duo that delights in using methods of appropriation and overidentification, criticizing the art market with a whiff of humour and wit that goes well beyond a postmodern sense of irony. In this sense, their work comes close to an artistic form of activism, a kind of avant-garde in disguise, refusing to communicate a straightforward, overtly political message. (There is no programme). As visual artists, they are implying themselves in their own critique, as if they were characters in their own story. (Do you read me?) Bors & Ritiu use their twin personality and accompanying avatars as a means to install an ambiguity, bending an appropriated imagery back on itself, short-circuiting it in a way. (A strange loop). This is how they typically tend to frustrate the viewers’ desire, projecting their expectations back onto them like a boomerang. — Pieter Vermeulen, September 2013

Cristian Bors & Marius Ritiu present Venus von Hamburg, an installation at Open Source Gallery that explores politics, heritage, and the economy.

While wars in the past have been fought with weapons, it has been said that WWIII will be fought with the banking system.If this is true, we are at a turning point that could see politics allow for the colonization of nations by those who hold them in debt. Venus von Hamburg represents an immediate response to financial crises and inequalities that are reaching a breaking point in Europe and have prompted grassroots movements within the United States. (And in European countries? ) Within Venus von Hamburg, the great Greek beauty Venus de Milo is distorted and disfigured. Her fate is no longer controlled by her people, but her uncertain future has been dictated by politicians and executives.

Venus von Hamburg highlights the often overlooked humor and aesthetics within contemporary issues, conveying a politically-charged, yet ultimately objective image. Their goal is to present dichotomies–good/bad, moral/immoral, legal/illegal–allowing the audience to steer their own observations and conversations. Within their sculptural collage, Bors & Ritiu not only appropriate an historical image, but also rework one from a prior project of theirs, playing with how images can be used and re-used within ever-changing and ambiguous contexts. Exploring their own Romanian heritage and its relationship to the European Union, Venus von Hamburg represents an immediate response to crises within the financial system.

Cristian Bors & Marius Ritiu are a Belgium-based artist duo originally from Romania. They have exhibited extensively in Belgium at venues such as the Galerie Marion De Cannière, Verbeke Foundation and the Middelheim Museum. Bors & Ritiu have also participated in the Art Brussels Art Fair, Slick Art Fair, cutlog Art Fair, Trajector Art Fair, and the BORG Biennial. In 2011, they received the ARTE/cutlog Prize at the cutlog Art Fair in Paris. This is their first solo exhibition in the United States.



Savas Boyraz: Invisible Landscapes

October 3 – November 1, 2015
Opening Reception: October 3, 7-9 pm

“Invisible Landscapes” is a set of journeys on the mountainous borderlands between Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria. Beginning as a photographic project in a documentary tradition, Savas was attempting, in a symbolic way, to unite the Kurdish identity, which had been torn by the four borders. During the creation of the work, a tragic event happened. As an instinctive reaction to the event, Savas decided to cross the borders he was photographing illegally with his photographs, turning the action into a video work on its own.

“Invisible Landscapes” was selected for the New Nordic Photography exhibit by the Hasselblad Foundation in 2013 and was also given the Victory Fellowship Masters Award that same year.

Savas Boyraz was born in Istanbul. He received his BFA from Mimar Sinan University in Turkey and is currently pursuing his MFA at Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden. Boyraz has exhibited photography internationally at Hasselblad Center (Sweden), Amed Art Gallery (Turkey), Aperture Foundation (US), La Biennale di Venezia (Italy), Les Rencontres d’Arles (France) and Michaelis Gallery (South Africa). He has received awards from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee and the Elysee Photography Museum. In 2013, Boyraz completed a residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program.



Mira Gaberova: TBA

November 7 – November 30, 2015
Opening Reception: November 7, 7-9 pm

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Mira Gaberova received her MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. She has exhibited in solo shows at Pradelna Bohnice (Czech Republic), Kabinet Gallery (Czech Republic) and Umelka Gallery (Slovakia) and been included in group exhibits at Novohrad Museum (Slovakia), ISCP (US) and National House of Arts (Slovakia). Gaberova has had residencies at ISCP (US) and Museum Quartier (Austria).



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