Two decades of Romanian queer artistic practices- YOU FEEL ~ AND DRIFT ~ AND SING-Dragos Olea

Dear Shaded Viewers,

In addition to the Apparatus 22 collective artistic practice, Dragos Olea  is working with curator Sandra Demetrescu (chief curator of MNAC – the Contemporary Art Museum) as the curatorial duo KILOBASE BUCHAREST ) they created a landmark show for RO and local/regional art history..

The following is Dragos Olea’s introduction to the project:

Museum of Queer Culture [?] in Bucharest is a series of exhibitions titled YOU FEEL ~ AND DRIFT ~ AND SING. The exhibitions are produced in partnership with The Contemporary Art Museum (MNAC) work as a nonlinear retrospective of RO queer artistic practices in the last two decades (2001-2021).”

YOU FEEL ~ AND DRIFT ~ AND SING series unfolds in several places in two stages: the first show is hosted in the vast space of Combinatul Fondului Plastic and there are also 3 tentacles – exhibitions in Sauprainfinit Gallery, Spatiul The INSTITUTE and SWITCH LAB.

We are very  happy about the stories they tell, the dialogues, the quirky and adventurous display we did with architect Laura Paraschiv / CIRCA 1703 – 3071.

TRIUMF AMIRIA. The Museum of Queer Culture [?] in partnership with The National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), presents the series of statement exhibitions YOU FEEL ~ AND DRIFT ~ AND SING in a tentacular approach in four art venues in Bucharest: Combinatul Fondului Plastic, Suprainfinit Gallery, Spatiul THE INSTITUTE, SWITCH LAB

YOU FEEL ~ AND DRIFT ~ AND SING exhibitions curated by KILOBASE BUCHAREST include more than 100 works and  series by 38 artists and artist collectives and represents the tangible result of research into the queer artistic practices happening in Romania since 2001. Artists and collectives in alphabetical order: Apparatus 22, Alex Bodea, Ștefan Botez, Patrick Brăila, Cornel Brudașcu, Irina Bujor, Liviu Bulea, Andrei Chintilă, Lorena Cocioni, Raluca Ilaria Demetrescu, Georgiana Dobre & Kjersti Vetterstad, Paul Dunca / Paula Dunker, Julio Elvisey Pisică, Vergine Santa Frida, Alex Horghidan, Limba semnelor de întrebare (The Language of Question Marks), Luca Istodor, Hortensia Mi Kafchin, Katja Lee Eliad, Mihai Lukács, Mihai Mihalcea, Alex Mirutziu, Sebastian Moldovan, Paul Mureșan, Vasile Mureșan (Murivale), Ioana Nemeș, Mircea Nicolae, Adrian Oncu, Sorin Oncu, Ileana Pașcalău, Manuel Pelmuș, Adina Pintilie, Veda Popovici, Lea Rasovszky, Flaviu Rogojan, Miron Schmückle, Aris Tureac, Mihaela Vasiliu (Chlorys).The exhibition marks the past two decades since the landmark repeal of Article 200 of the Penal Code of Romania in 2001 which criminalised same sex relationships.

A celebration in which you are invited to feel ~ drift ~ sing among an abundance of queer artistic voices chanting about identity, desire, trauma, ecology, healing rituals, a daring and progressive future, differences, stigmata, racism, the contemporary art system, the reclaim of public spaces, the splitting off definitions and oppressive norms, the language and neologisms of an extended vocabulary, fluidity and generosity.

Dragos OLEA



Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.