01.10.2005 - 16.10.2005 Opening: Saturday, October 1, 5-8 p.m.


A project by Lucia Macari and Stefan Rusu.

2 artists from Moldavia look at the history and present of their home country as the history of military and cultural invasions, by making an artistic invasion in EastArea- this time a Moldavian-Mongolian one.

Lucia Macari has edited a Moldavian-Mongolian phrase book, inspired by the conversation guides used by Russian soldiers during the World War II. In 1941 a Russian-German conversation book was published in the SU, to be distributed among the soldiers along with their army boots; in 1943, a similar Russian-Moldavian phrasebook was published, that was supposed to help the Soviet liberation army forces to communicate with local population.

While these historic documents served as a proof of Russia’s aggressive military policy, Lucia Macari’s contemporary conversational guidebook is rather meant to facilitate a successful artistic invasion. It provides an artist with vocabulary and communication tools sufficient for taking part in an international art show. For this guidebook 2 “non-existing” languages of the Soviet empire, that both suffered greatly under Russian linguistic invasion, were used.

This project was at first presented at the international camp of visual art on the archaeological site Shehr al Djedid, a former settlement located at the western frontier of the Golden Horde, and later in the frame of Invasia project (2002, curator- Stefan Rusu) in Moldavia.

At the opening, SARS Opera by Stefan Rusu– a short humoristic video about deep-going cultural connections between Moldavia and Mongolia made at the time of SARS epidemic in Asia- will be screened.

Lucia Macari (1974, Chisinau, Moldova) is a visual artist, currently based in the Netherlands. After studying Art and Fashion design in the State Institute of Art in Chisinau, she worked as an independent artist and curator. In 1999-2001 Lucia Macari was visual program coordinator at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Chisinau. In 2005 she graduated from Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. At the moment she is following a post-graduate programme at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam.

Stefan Rusu (1964, Kaiet, Moldova) is a visual artist and independent curator. He lives and works in Bucharest, Romania and in Chisinau, Moldova. In 1986-1990 he studied at the Art Academy in St.Petersburg, Russia, and in 1995 he graduated from Bucharest Art Academy, Romania.
At the moment Stefan Rusu is following the Curatorial Training Programme in De Appel, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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