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Chronic desire—Sete cronică, the main group exhibition at the launch of Timișoara 2023 European Capital of Culture, opens on February 17, 2023 with 34 participating artists. Curated by Cosmina Goagea, Corina Oprea and Brîndușa Tudor, it encompasses an exhibition across four venues, with 22 new commissions; five commissioned works in public space and a consistent public and mediation programme.



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Chronic-desire-Sete cronica

Timisoara (Romania)

17.02 - 23.04.2023  




Chronic Desire—Sete Cronică is a proposal for vocabularies of looking, feeling and writing, which can be useful instruments for reading the brutal present. These art practices address the current critical political and ecological moment.

The title Chronic desire—Sete cronică points on the one hand to a recurring, persistent state and on the other hand to the double meaning of the Romanian word “sete,” which means both thirst and desire.

The exhibition follows three threads: Commons; Landings; History and Subjecthood. These threads meander through different venues around the city of Timișoara and their legacies of military and industrial heritage. How do we generate new Commons in the name of revolutionary struggles across race, class, gender, ability, age and sexuality? Landings is devoted to crossover readings of land histories, geological agency, and rurality. History and Subjecthood grapples with current toxic climates, from political to environmental landscapes, condensed in the most liminal sense, the one of thirst-sete.

The span of the exhibition over diverse venues and public areas around the city offers a space for viewing, meditation and discussion. The public programme includes performances, talks, workshops, screenings and neighbourhood outreach.

Participating artists : Ana Adam, Leonor Antunes, Tarek Atoui, Matei Bejenaru, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Irina Botea Bucan, Pavel Brăila, Anca Bucur, Dana Catona, Lia Dostlieva și Andrii Dostliev, Saskia Holmkvist, Shilpa Gupta , Joan Jonas, Hiwa K, Zhanna Kadyrova, Ana Kun & Noemi Hügel, Susanna Jablonski & Santiago Mostyn, Adriana Lucaciu, Silvia Moldovan, Harun Morrison, Dan Perjovschi, Agnieszka Polska, Renée Renard, Marinella Senatore, Alexa Szekeres, Slavs & Tatars, Mona Vătămanu & Florin Tudor, Rosa Whiteley, RomaMoMA (Ionela Mihaela Cîmpeanu & Sead Kazanxhiu).

Agnieszka Polska, The Book of Flowers (still), 2023. Video.

Agnieszka Polska, The Book of Flowers (still), 2023. Video.

Exhibition 17 February  -23 April 2023. Venues : Museum of Public Transport “Corneliu Mikloși,” Maria Theresia Bastion, Ștefania Palace, Garrison Command. Full details can be found here.






Chronic-desire-Sete cronica, Timisoara, Romania

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