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Over the past ten years Irina Botea Bucan (b. Ploiesti, Romania) has been engaged in an art practice that uses multiple media to inspect socio-political dynamics and the possibility of transformation. “In her videos, Botea very often refers to modes of re-enactment and role-play; but her main target is not to create a fiction that is taken for reality. Her interest lies in the reality of the performance and the authentic individuality of the performers.” (Oliver Kielmayer)
Solo and group shows include among others: 55th Venice Biennale, International Film Festival Rotterdam, New Museum, New York, MUSAC (Museum of Contemporary Art of Castilia and  Leon), Pompidou Centre, Paris, National Gallery Jeu de Paume, Paris; Kunsthalle Winterthur, Reina Sofia National Museum, Madrid, etc.

Photocopy/ Fotocopia is a performance based on creating lists of words and gestures remembered from immersion in the 15M political movement.
The process of reenactment was based upon experiences of participating in various meetings, marches and protests that took place in Barcelona during May-June 2011.
Photocopy/Fotocopia creates a metaphorical and reflective arena outside of the main public demonstrations. Using Theatre of the Oppressed (Augusto Boal) exercises participants attempted to choreograph an interpretation of collective protest and the significance of individual agency.
The performers communicate through a call-and-response dialogue based on rhythmical words and gestures taken out of context that generates a re-articulation and a reconfiguration of future protests.
The symbolic re-contextualization of demonstrative actions raises questions about how spontaneous public protest can be transformed into a sustainable process of participatory democracy.

 

Irina Botea Bucan