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[Nettime-ro] Plan B Berlin - Cristi Pogacean

Galeria Plan B  
Opening: Friday, March 8, 18 - 22 hÂ
March 8 - April 20, 2013
Tuesday - Saturday, 12 - 18 h
Strasse 77 - 87, 10785 Berlin
Galeria Plan B is pleased to announce the first personal exhibition
in Germany of Romanian artist Cristi Pogacean (born 1980, lives and works in
Tirgu Mures, Romania).
The solo exhibition of Cristi Pogacean at Plan B Berlin gathers
works created during a period of over ten years mapping various forms of
questioning today's political and cultural systems of knowledge.
After representing Romania at the 52nd Venice Biennial in 2007 (in
the group exhibition Low-Budget Monuments, curated by Mihnea Mircan), Cristi
Pogacean has withdrawn from the art scene until recently. Having come back
last year, Cristi Pogaceanâs exhibited practice followed a long
process of reflection and elaboration outside the conventions of the
Using easily recognizable images and symbols which were
appropriated from popular culture, history, and art, Pogacean interrogates
and criticizes the relevant social structures. The references are selected
through a process of investigating contemporary events. The seductive images
he creates infiltrate the publicâs mind, with the aim of undermining
conventional knowledge systems, by means of argumentative dialectics. Cristi
Pogacean sees himself as a detached observer of contemporary culture. This
strategic position allows him to objectively draw attention to notions of
universal preconceived knowledge, dictated by an education based on
inherited ideas and not on critical thinking.
Cristi Pogacean creates an âart for the massesâ that
appeals to a shared consciousness â a stereotypical one which is
performed and constructed through conventional notions of commemoration and
glorification. Taking an ironic stance towards the aesthetics of
monumentality, his works are powerful and imposing, both on account of their
alluring aesthetic qualities and their earnest appeal to collective
Pogaceanâs objects find a perfect balance between the
apparent seductive disclosure and the complexity and gravity of the subjects
he deals with. Understanding the modern man and using his propensity to
absorb information, Pogacean infiltrates, through slight adjustments of
canonical symbols, details that have the role of activating a process of
self-reflection and self-awareness in an individualâs
Therefore, this self-awareness, once activated, has the power to
react every time it encounters these symbols in their conventional
Pogacean polishes universal, essential topics, addressing through
them the innermost feelings of an individual and, at the same time, he
translates personal histories into a generally available dogma. In this
shift from private to public and back, his practice becomes a-spatial and
atemporal, gaining a critical approach over an imposed general
Cristi Pogacean is co-founder of the Supernova group, together with
Istvan Laszlo and Ciprian Muresan (Cluj, 2002-2004). His previous
exhibitions include:European Travellers: Art From Cluj Today,
Mucsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest, 2012; Low-Budget Monuments in the
Romanian Pavilion at the 52nd International Art Exhibition of the Venice
Biennale; Passion for Art, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, 2007; Dada East? The Romanians of Cabaret Voltaire, Cabaret Voltaire,
ZÃrich, 2006; Cluj Connection, Haunch of Venison, ZÃrich,
2006; On Difference #1, WÃrttembergischer Kunstverein,
Stuttgart, 2005.
For more information, please contact the gallery at contact@plan-b.ro and

Galeria Plan B

Str. Henri
Barbusse 59-61
400616 Cluj
Tel +40.740.658555
 Â Germany:
Potsdamer Strasse 77-87
10785 Berlin

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