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Nicu Ilfoveanu n. 1975

Nicu Ilfoveanu belongs to the first generation of students to graduate from the Photography and Video Department of the National University of Arts in Bucharest. He began exhibiting shortly after he graduated from high-school in 1994. He is skilled in both photography and video, black and-white photography being his preference, until 2006 when he started to work with colour photography and is currently focusing on it.

As a relief from the thematic censorship that was in place up until that time, the photography of the 90s was invaded by the human body. This was a prevailing topic that could be found in the work of most artists who dealt with photography, being a taboo topic which shocked a prudish art world and a type of audience who confused a picture of the naked body with pornography. However, the tendency to retrieve this moment of modern art tens of years later has turned into a trend of Romanian contemporary art, along with the theme “Romania in transition”. In this perspective, the landscape is an uncool topic, reserved for photo-clubs (which turn from authoritative bodies into stigmatised cultural residues) and amateurs, a topic which is not sufficiently controversial and which is traditionally viewed in an idyllic, obsolete manner. Nicu Ilfoveanu runs the risk of dealing with landscapes in many of his series; in some cases he even runs the risk of revealing its idyllic dimension / idealism (…). He does it with elegance and refinement, doubled by an unostentatious sensitivity, inserting cultural elements in the subtext of the photographs which do not allow the latter ones to become formal or to turn into trivial yet professionally used metaphors.

Excerpt from Photography in Contemporary Art. Trends in Romania after 1989,
by Cosmin Moldovan, 2006

Solo Shows

2014 Series. Multiples. Realisms., Uqbar Project Space, Berlin, Germany

2014 Working title 1: Valerică – Eau de Vie , Working title 2: Jurgis Lemaire vs Christophe Baltrusaitis, Anca Poterașu Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

2013 The Mistaken Present Tense, Arsenal Gallery, Poznan, Poland

2013 The Present as a misunderstanding, Wozownia Gallery, Torun, Poland

2012 Series. Multiples. Realisms., The Peasant Museum, Bucharest, Romania

2012 Odnalezieni i Utraceni, Miedzynarodowe Centrum Kultury, Krakow, Poland

2010 Commission!, Centre for Visual Introspection, Bucharest, Romania

2009 Steampunk Autochrome, The Contemporary Art Gallery, Sibiu, Romania

2007 BOX-TENGOR, Galeria Posibila, Bucharest, Romania

2007 Radesti-Stefanesti Arges 1996 si Chicago-loop 2006, Galeria Posibila, Bucharest, Romania

2005 Tourist you are the terrorist, Galeria Posibila, Bucharest, Romania

2004 New Pins for Gramophone, Galeria Posibila, Bucharest, Romania

2002 Domestik Pictures, Galeria ArTei, Bucharest, Romania

2002 Marlene die Trich, Tranzit Foundation, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Group Shows

2016 The Factory of Facts and Other (Unspoken) Storie, Salonul de proiecte, Bucharest, Romania

2014 Vision of a Nation, Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Norway

2014 Enchanting Views, MNAC – Dalles Hall, Bucharest, Romania

2014 The Forgotten Pioneer Movement, District Kunst-und Kulturförderung, Berlin, Germany

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

2014 Învățământul artistic bucureștean și arta românescă după 1950, MNAC Bucharest, Romania

2013 Reflection Center for Suspended Histories. An Attempt, 55th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Italy

2013 The limits of technique after the fasteco age, Atelier 030202, Bucharest, Romania

2012 Loc pentru foto, Club Electroputere Bucharest, Romania

2012 Plug to Nature, Project Danube Connection. Story and Glory, ICR, Karlsplatz, Vienna, Austria

2012 Picturesque – Avant Cronique, Anca Poterașu Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

2011 4th FOTO-FESTIVAL, Manneim/ Heidelberg/ Ludwigshafen, Germany

2010 PhotoEspana, OpenPHoto section, Cuenca, Spain

2010 Micile iluzii, Galeria Laika, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

2010 European Central Bank Annual Photography Award, MNAC, Bucharest, Romania

2010 Police the Police, META Biennial, Bucharest, Romania

2010 Mostra, UnaGallery, Bucharest, Romania

2009 VoxBox, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom

2008 RoArchive, Karlin Studios, Prague, Czech Republic

2008 European Eyes on Japan, Modern Art Museum Kagoshima, Japan

2008 De Romania, Galeria Canem, Spain

2008 Loop, Bad Gallery, Beijing, China

2007 Inbetweens, CM San Michele in Ripa, Rome, Italy

2007 OverEXposures, Museum of Art, Timisoara, Romania

2007 Bologna Arte Fiera (with Galeria Posibila), Bologna, Italy

2006 SEKUNDEN VOM DER UNGLUCK II, Galerie Centrum, Graz, Austria

2005 Clipe de cosmar, Galeria Atas, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

2004 Roumanie.exe, ESCO FOUND, Paris, France

2004 The Biennial of Young Artists Bucharest, 1st edition, META, Bucharest, Romania

2003 Bucuresti – Bucuresti via Beograd, Remont Gallery, Belgrad, Serbia

2002 Littman & White Galleries, Portland, United States of America

Curatorial Activity

2008 Passato Prossimo, UnaGaleria, Bucharest, Romania

2002 Almost plastik ’cause it’s funatastik, Galeria GALERIA, Bucharest, Romania

2002 Beograd – Beograd via Bucharest, Galeria GALERIA, Bucharest, Romania

2002 Colectia iarna / primavara, Galeria GALERIA, Bucharest, Romania

Films

2012 DELTA 3

2010 Eleled

2008 And Bob’s Your Uncle

2003 Ed ora raccomanda l’anima a dio

1998 It’s full up, daddy!

Awards

2014 Best Romanian Artbook Award, Bucharest, Romania

2012 Best Romanian Artbook Award, Bucharest, Romania

2009 European Central Bank Annual Photography Award for Romania- First Prize

2006 Multimedia Prize – Uniunea Artistilor Plastici, Bucharest, Romania

2005 Art35 Photo Prize, Bucharest, Romania

Art Fairs

2016 VOLTA 12 Basel, Switzerland (with Anca Poterasu Gallery)

2016 Artissima, Torino, Italy (with Anca Poterasu Gallery)

2014 ViennaFAIR. The New Contemporary, Vienna, Austria (with Anca Poterasu Gallery)

2012 Contemporary Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey (with Anca Poterasu Gallery)

2006 ViennaFAIR. The New Contemporary, Vienna, Austria (with Galeria Posibila)

Bibliography

2014 Serii. Multiplii. Realisme. / Series. Multiples. Realisms.

2011 ELECTRO+Găsiți și pierduți / Found and Lost (co-author: Octav Avramescu)

2007 Petite Histoire (co-authored by Oana Tănase, Magda Radu, Matei Câlția, Eugen Alexandru Gustea)

2006 SteamPunk Autochrome