Ioana Nemeș. All the Future Ahead

Kunstverein Kevin Space presents the first solo exhibition in Austria by the artist Ioana Nemeș who sadly passed away too soon, organized by the artist collective KILOBASE BUCHAREST, in collaboration with, Kevin Space and the Romanian Cultural Institute Vienna.

The project is dedicated to the introduction/reintroduction of key elements of Ioana Nemeș' artistic practice in Austria and is part of a series of exhibitions that started last fall at the Between Bridges Foundation in Berlin.

Opening: May 29, 6 pm as part of the Independent Space Index Festival 2024
Exhibition: May 30 – July 14, 2024, Friday & Saturday 3–6 pm & by appointment
Venue: Kevin Space, Volkertplatz 14/3–4, 1020 Vienna
Curated by KILOBASE BUCHAREST, Fanny Hauser and Viktor Neumann

The exhibition at Kevin Space, which was preceded by in-depth research in Ioana Nemeș's archive, includes works such as:

The Wall Project comprises the first sustained efforts of photographic recording and self-evaluation/positioning on the constantly moving line between subjective and objective.

Monthly Evaluations was progressively developed by the artist between 2005 and 2010 out of a desire to "record, dissect, understand and describe intangible things such as life and time" based on the application of a series of parameters to evaluate and visualize each day, developed and tested between 2003 and 2004. It was the main series in which Ioana Nemeș developed a working methodology at the intersection of language and image, always combining the documentary, the fictional, the autobiographical with the extension to the investigation of general themes relevant to the artistic process with micro and macro stories, in parallel with her personal and artistic development against the background of the emergence of an art scene in Romania at the time.

Ioana Nemeș (1979- 2011) was one of the best-known Romanian artists of her generation. She studied photography with Iosif Kiraly at the National University of Arts Bucharest. She was a recognized competitive athlete in the national handball team until she decided to study art at the age of 21 after a serious accident. Her work and artistic research were inspired by the need to visualize and communicate as clearly as possible the mechanisms behind the visual, linguistic and psychological systems that define us.
Ioana Nemeș has been shown in important exhibitions such as the Istanbul Biennial (2009), U-Turn Copenhagen (2008), Prague Biennial (2007) and Bucharest Biennial 2 (2006). Her work has been exhibited at Art in General, NY (USA), Secession, Vienna (AT), Smart Project Space, Amsterdam (NL), Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel (DE), Royal College of Art, London (UK), Salonul de Proiecte, Bucharest (RO), Eastside Projects, Birmingham (UK), Triumf Amiria - Museum of Queer Culture, Bucharest (RO), Caixaforum Barcelona (ES), MNAC Bucharest (RO), Sculpture Museum Krolikarnia Warsaw (PL), Uj Gallery, Budapest Museum (HU), Goethe Institute, Sofia (BG), KIM? Riga (LV), BOZAR, Brussels (BE), Bunkier Sztuki (PL), Trafo, Budapest (HU), Drodesera Festival, Dro (IT), Gallery of Contemporary Art - Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu (RO), Jiří Švestka Gallery, Prague (CZ), Wonnerth Dejaco Gallery, Vienna (AT) and in publications such as 100 New Artists (Laurence King Verlag) and Romanian Cultural Resolution (Hatje Cantz Verlag). The most recent solo exhibitions took place in 2023 at Between Bridges, Berlin - the foundation of the artist Wolfgang Tillmans - and at Art Encounters, Timișoara. Solo exhibitions in preparation: Kevin Space, Vienna, MNAC, Bucharest, SMAK Museum, Ghent.

Ioana Nemeș - Monthly Evaluations, 18.10.2004, digital simulation, part of Monthly Evaluations proto series (2003-2004), Ioana Nemeș Archive. Courtesy Kilobase Bucharest

External Links
Independent Space Index Festival 2024


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