Aurora Király n. 1967

Aurora Király is one of the best-known Romanian artists of her generation, exploring how the mind record, relives, remembers. The artist works with photography and installation in a variety of media, at the intersection of photography with textile art, drawing or installations. She is particularly interested in exploring feminist theories in relation with identity-making and the status of women in society. Her works relates to complex connections between events, public and private sphere of experience.

During the 1990s and the 2000s, her projects explored the capacity of photography to record the quotidian, by combining auto-referential fragments with documentary aspects of day-to-day life (e.g. Melancholia, 1997 – 1999). The self-reflecting images have provided an interesting point of departure for further installations that included collage (Viewfinder 2014 – 2015 and Viewfinder Mock-ups, 2016 – ongoing), text (News Convertor, 2016 and News Remix, 2016 – 2017), textiles (Soft drawings, 2020), and even painting (Heroines, 2013 – 2015). Her most recent works question the sources or artistic inspiration depending on the context, the recent history as well as the references in art history of the status of women artists. Between 2001 – 2009 Aurora Király ran one of the most significant art-spaces for photography in Romania, Galeria Nouă and since 2007 she has been teaching at the department of Photography and Dynamic Image, at the Bucharest National University of Arts. Both roles have informed her artistic process focused on memory and the process of photography, actively supporting her peers and cultural workers in the emergent photography art scene in Romania through exhibitions, publications and artistic interventions.

Solo Exhibitions

2022 Upcoming artistic residency , Boghossian Foundation

2021 From somewhere other than myself , Anca Poterasu Gallery, Bucharest Romania

2018 Conjectures , Anca Poterașu Gallery Guest Space in Leipzig, Germany

2017 Constructed Geometries. Space / Time / Memory , Anca Poterasu Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

2016 Reality Check , Calina Gallery, Timișoara, Romania

2003 Duet , Fortress Gallery, Târgu Mureş, Romania

2000 Feminine Archaeology , International Center for Contemporary Arts, Bucharest, Romania

2000 Melancholia , GAD Photo Gallery, National Theatre 3/4, Bucharest, Romania

1999 Untitled , International Center for Contemporary Arts, Bucharest, Romania

Selected group exhibitions

2021 The Show That Never Was , Anca Poterasu Gallery, RO

2020–2021 12 Years After.A Survey of Romanian Art in 180 Works , The National Museum of Contemporary Art, RO

2020 4 | 14 | 26 degrees east , Anca Poterasu Gallery and lítost, BE

2020 In Midst of the Worst , the Best of Times litost Gallery, Prague

2020 A Room of One’s Own , NADA New York Gallery Open 2020

2019 Ex-east Des histoires passées et récentes des avant-gardes roumaines , Paris, France

2018 From Different Angles , The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest

2018 Orient , Curator: Michal Novotný; Venues: Kim? Laikmetīgās mākslas centrs, Rīga; BOZAR, Brussels; Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej Bunkier Sztuki, Krakówia

2017 Viewfinder – Looking through the both sides of the lens , Artissima, Torino

2017 Life – A User’s Guide , Timișoara Art Encounters Biennial, Timișoara and Arad, Romania

2016 Ex Future , ARCUB Gabroveni, Bucharest, Romania

2016 Fără pensule , Atelier 030202, Bucharest, Romania

2016 Our History About the Others. A City seen through four lenses within No Man’s Land NAG , White Night of The Art Galleries #10, Scena9, Bucharest, Romania

2016 Girls with Ideas [Boys and Paintings] , Lateral ArtSpace, Paintbrush Factory, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

2016 Brain Tattoos – A Map of Obsessions , ICR Lisabona, Portugalia

2016 Brain Tattoos – A Map of Obsessions , Victoria Art Center, Bucharest, Romania

2014 WHAT ABOUT Y[OUR] MEMORY , MNAC, Bucharest, Romania

2014 c.a.r.reloaded@artvictoria.ro , Victoria Art Center, Bucharest, Romania

2014 Contemporary Art Ruhr , Essen, Germany

2013 Eu,En, Ich II – Myths , Victoria Art Center, Bucharest, Romania

2013 Good Girls – On Memory, Desire, Power , National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania

2012 Body World. Traveling the Distance between Subject and Object , Victoria Art Center For Contemporary Cultural Production, Bucharest, Romania

2011 The Body Under Surveillance , Victoria Art Center For Contemporary Cultural Production, Bucharest, Romania

2002 RDV roumaine – l’espace En Cours , Paris, France

2001 Woman’s room / Woman’s view , Paromlin Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia

2001 Photo Documents , Galeria Nouă, Bucharest, Romania

2001 The Dream of My Life , National Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

2000 In Full Dress , Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu, Romania

1997 The Shadow , Hungarian Museum of Photography, Kecskemet, Hungary

1996 Una Finestra sull’Est , Galeria San Filippo Neri, Torino, Italy

1996 Project 2000 Contest , Palazzo Bricherasio, Torino, Italy

1996 Experiment in Romanian Art after 1960 , Artexpo Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

1995 Mediawave Festival , Györ, Hungary

1994-1997 Member in the artistic duo , 2D (with Mirela Dăuceanu)

1991 cARTe , Museum of Art Collection, Bucharest, Romania


2017 Aurora Király. Proiecte recente / New Projects, Artist catalogue , published by ARAC in collaboration with Anca Poterasu Gallery & Editura UNARTE

2012 Photography in Romanian Contemporary Art after 1989. A Cronology, text contribution in Arta magazine , published by the Union of Fine Artists

2011 co-editor of CitiesMethodologies І Bucharest publication, together with Ger Duijzings and Simona Dumitriu , published by Galeria Nouă at UNARTE Publishing House

2010 Social Documentary – a personal approach in the publication The Artist in the Studio , Scientific Session organized by The Faculty of Applied Arts and Design, National University of Arts Bucharest

2006 editor of the bi-lingual book Photography in Contemporary Art. Trends in Romania after 1989″ , published by Galeria Nouă at Unarte Publishing House

Curatorial project

2016 I like / I don’t like… through art , Museum of Art Constanța, organized by Da’DeCe Association in partnership with MNAC, with the financial support of AFCN

2012 Witnesses XXI – Revisiting the Past / A Collection of Video Interviews – exhibition , Platforma – MNAC Moșilor, Bucharest, Romania

2012 StartPoint Prize Romania , Victoria Art Center, exhibition co-curator (together with Petru Lucaci), Bucharest, Romania

2010 Exhibition co-curator (together with Simona Dumitriu) CitiesMethodologies І Bucharest , National University of Arts Bucharest, Scarlat-Ghica House, Bucharest, Romania

2008 curator of Open access pRO_ARCHIVE exhibition , Karlin Studios, Praga, Czech Republic

2008 curator of Bucharest between Melacholia and Hysteria. A Few Artistical Perspective over Urban Space , Czech Center Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

2008 project coordinator – On Curatorship in Contemporary Art, supported by AFCN. Guests: Maria Rus Bojan (MB Agency, Amsterdam), Matei Bejenaru (Vector, Iaşi), Irina Cios (CIAC, Bucuresti), Dora Hegy (Transit, Budapest) , Bucharest, Romania

2008-2012 counsellor for selecting the Romanian participants at Startpoint Prize competition , Czech Republic

2001-2008 curator for the following exhibitions presented at Galeria Nouă Contemporary Art Space , Bucharest, Romania:

05.03.2008-23.03.2008 gute aussichten , – new german photography

05.12.2007-06.01.2008 Christmas 07 , – Eugenio Percossi

14.11.2007-30.11-2007 Making Movies , – Krassimir Terziev

06.12.2006-21.01.2007 Last Supper / Last Words , – Artists: Bigert & Bergström

22.11.2006-02.12.2006 Persona , – Teodor Graur, Exhibition realized in partnership with the European Cultural Center Sinaia

04.10.2006-27.10.2006 Staged , – Štěpánka Stein/Salim Issa & Dita Pepe/Petr Hrubes, Exhibition realized in partnership with the Czech Center

05.04.2006-30.04.2006 Your Money or Your Life , – Jan Kotik, Exhibition realized in partnership with: Futura Gallery (Prague) and Czech Center Bucharest

01.03.2006-01.04.2006 Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue , – Călin Dan

12.10.2005-26.11.2005 Documenting Their Dream , – Alexandra Croitoru

13.07.2005-31.07.2005 I am Always Someone Else , – Jozsef Bartha

06.04.2005-15.05.2005 Sharing Solitude , – Frederico Câmara,Exhibition realized in partnership with Akademie Schloss Solitude and Goethe Institut Bucharest

02.03.2005-27.03.2005 Strawberry Fields Forever , – Matei Bejenaru

16.02.2005-27.02.2005 Portfolios Review #4 , – Artists: Ana Alexandra Blidaru, Ana Bănica, Vlad Eftenie, Andrei Fărcăşanu, Wanda Hutira, Helen Jilavu, Alina Şomăndroiu, Roxana Tomescu

12.01.2005–06.02.2005 The People / Boborul , – Radu Vasile Igazság & Visual Art Foundation

15.12.2004–09.01.2005 Superbooks 2004 – The Most Beautiful Books from the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Germany, Great Britain and Romania , Organizers: British Council, The German Book Center, Idea Foundation, Czech Center, Association of Romanian Publishers

27.10.2004–21.11.2004 Public Spaces / Public Bodies , – Karen Kipphoff

06.10.2004–24.10.2004 Monumente , – Misha Pedan, Partners: Swedish Embassy, Swedish Institute

06.09.2004–03.10.2004 Maybe Next Time , – Gheorghe Rasovszky

07.07.2004-27.07.2004 Blue Moon, Black Sea , – Peter Terezakis, Exhibition realized with the support of: American tural Center of the U.S.A. Embassy, Project DCM Foundation and The Suitcase Fund of Dance Theater Workshop in NYC

09.06.2004–30.06.2004 Recent Photographs , – Ion Grigorescu

24.03.2004–02.05.2004 The Marshalling Yard , – Artists: Mariana Celac, Iosif Király, Marius Marcu, Exhibition realized with the support of the Swiss Cultural Programme in Romania

25.02.2004-14.04.2004 Black-out , – Alexandru Patatics

21.01.2004–14.02.2004 Portfolios Review #3 , – Artists: Vlad Boşoancă, Adrian Budritzan, Valentin Chincişan, Dina Dancu, Maria Drăghici, Vilhelem Jozsef Hunor, Ioachim Ciobanu, Alexandru Dragomir, Dorijan Milovanovik, Ilinca Nanoveanu, Igor Naumov, Pal Antal, Bogdan Panaitescu, Bogdana Pascal, Horea Pascu, Raul Skopecz, Roxana Szel, Sebastian Zsemlye

10.12.2003–17.01.2004 Human Interaction , – Irina Botea

05.11.2003-06.12.2003 Reconstructions , – Iosif Király

08.10.2003–02.11.2003 Transformative Urbanism. From Almere to Caracas , – Artists: Sabine Bitter & Helmut Weber (Austria), Exhibition realized in partnership with WienKultur

10.09.2003–05.10.2003 Connected Ideas , – Artists: Raluca Băraru, Valentina Belea, Ioana – Teodora Chirtoacă, Mirela Crăciun, Alexandra Dondera, Raluca Dumitru

09.07.2003–27.07.2003 Portfolios Review #2 , – Artists: Adrian Armanca, Alex Axinte, Luminiţa Cochinescu, Cătălina Ionescu, Raluca Noveanu, Dana Postolea, Cătălin Rulea, Anda Runtag, Maria Stan, Cristina Toma

04.06.2003–06.07.2003 Selected Works , – Ola Pehrson, Exhibition realized in partnership with Swedish Embassy, IASPIS

14.05.2003–31.05.2003 Portfolios Review #1 , – Artists: Nataşa Andreska, Andrei Calangiu, Iulius Costache / Andrei Iancu, Cristina David, Olivia Mihălţianu, Oana Manta, Bogdan Marcu, Catinca Mattice, Doru Popescu, Raluca Spataru, Laura Todoran

22.01.2003–16.02.2003 Beyond Photography… the Painting , – Artists: Raluca Noveanu, Sabina Spatariu, Dragoş Burlacu, Răzvan Neagoe

14.12.2002–12.01.2003 There is Fiction in the Space Between , – Artists: Harald Scherz (Austria), Casa Gontz (Romania), Hannes Böck (Austria)

27.11.2002–01.12.2002 Omulan , – Matei Branea

23.10.2002–24.11.2002 The Black Square , – Hélène Binet (Great Britain),Exhibition realized in partnership with New Europe College, British Council

02.10.2002–20.10.2002 The New Painting , – Elina Brotherus, Exhibition realized in partnership with: Finnish Embassy and FRAME – Finnish Fund for Art Exchange

25.09.2002–29.09.2002 [number one] , – Artists: Adrian Armanca, Andrei Calangiu, Ştefan Cosma, Alexandra Croitoru, Nicu Ilfoveanu, Răzvan Ion, Iosif Király, Vlad Nancă, Ioana Nemeş

17.07.2002–4.08.2002 Interviewing the Cities , – At the Next Station – subREAL

15.05.2002–09.06.2002 Sight & Site / Tracks & Strikes , – Anne-Lise Dehee & Eve Couturier (France) here, now – Ştefan Cosma, Alexandra Croitoru, Ioana Nemeş

27.03.2002–26.04.2002 Walk , – Teodor Graur

27.02.2002–24.03.2002 Interactive Scenes – Zambacalamba net v.2 / Pointview / Pyramidal , – Alexandru Antik & Dragoş Ştefan

05.12.2001–31.01.2002 Five Stories , – Artists: Anca Benera / Irina Bucan Botea, Anca Ignătescu, Dilmana Iordanova, Mihaela Kavdanska, Lila Passima

11 artists in Balkon , – Artists: Mircea Cantor, Ştefan Cosma, Alexandra Croitoru, Aurora Dediu, Cosmin Grădinaru, Adrian Ilfoveanu, Daniel Knorr, Zoltan Kovacs, Vlad Nancă, Ioana Nemeş, Gabriela Vanga

Cultural management, artistic counselling

2017 project coordinator: , Art in context: trends and curatorial practices in contemporary art, organized by Joana Grevers Foundation, Bucharest, with the financial support of AFCN

2014-2008 selection for StartPoint Prize , Romania

2013 ACOFIN , – ART.CONSUMPTION.FINITUDE, artistic adviser, supported by AFCN

2012 project coordinator Visual Art in Romania , – Documentary Ressources, National University of Arts Bucharest, supported by AFCN

2012 project coordinator How to Understand Contemporary Art , – workshops for children between 8-14 years, realised by Galeria Nouă in partnership with MNAC, supported by AFCN

2012 member in the working team concerning the financial field no. 17 , – Promoting the spanersity in culture and art in the field of cultural heritage, Financial Mechanism SEE (Romanian Government – European Foreign Affairs), representative of the Cultural Operators Association, Romania

2008-2012 project coordinator of Witnesses XXI , – Revisiting the Past / A Collection of Video Interviews project, produced by Galeria Nouă with the support of Erste Stiftung, AFCN and MNAClab

2008-2011 coach for the Swiss artists invited in AiR programme , organized by United Experts with the support of Pro Helvetia Zürich

2010 project coordinator CitiesMethodologies І Bucharest , supported by AFCN

2007 co-organizer of Are You Experienced? , curators: Nicolas Bourriaud and Paolo Falcone, presented at Galeria Nouă and MNAC

Lectures, presentations, symposia

2016 How school can be a partner for art education? , Discussion organized by Metru Cub Association, in partnership with French Institute Timișoara

2012 lecture on Romanian Photography after 1989 , Scientific Session organized by the Faculty of Art History and Theory, National University of Arts Bucharest

2011 lecture on Cities Methodologies Bucharest in the frame of International Sympozion Urban Games , ENSAD, Strasbourg

2011 lecture on Romanian artists working on urban projects in the frame of Cities Methodologies 2011 , Slade Research Centre, London

2011 lecture on Romanian art scene in the frame of international symposium Binary City , part of the Global Gateway project, organized by Ciant with the support of the Culture 2007-2013 programme, Bucharest

2010 presentation on The Social Documentary – A Personal Approach, in the frame of The Artist in the Studio , – Scientific Session organized by the Faculty of Applied Arts and Design, National University of Arts Bucharest

2006 presentation on my artistical and curatorial activity, in the frame of Global Photography , – The Balkans, Tate Modern, London

2004 Bucharest Days in Vienna , event organized by Wien Kultur la Kunsthalle Wien – Project Space