Friday, on the 8th of April, from 6 p.m. at IAGA Contemporary Art, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, opens to the public the exhibition:
Lightning Body, Quiet Noise
The exhibition, curated by Walter Bonomi and Dan Breaz, is an important event for the international critics and collectors, confirming the will of IAGA to be a lively cultural platform whose main objective is to develop and promote dialogue between the Italian and Eastern European contemporary art, looking at a possible future where cultural exchange and international dialogue to represent the foundation upon which to build a long-term art projects.
Sabina Elena Dragomir graduated the Painting department at The Art and Design University in Cluj-Napoca in the year 2014. She distinguished herself in some international group exhibitions like Art Night Venice (Venezia, Accademia di Belle Arti, 2013), Water, Transparences, Four Shapes of the Invisible (Rome, Aula Chiesa, 2015), Cluj Calling Project 1-3 (Cluj-Napoca, Crema, Alessandria) or Identities (Bucharest, Elite Art Gallery, 2016). She is the winner of two scholarships offered by the Princess Margaret of Romania Foundation in 2015 and 2016, within the Young Talents programme.
Sabina Dragomir’s first personal exhibition, Lightning Body, Quiet Noise, which opens at IAGA, Cluj-Napoca, synthesizes the most recent phase of the artist’s creation in the period of 2015-2016. It is known that Sabina Dragomir systematically documents herself inclusively through photos of her own body.
Her favourite subject of investigation is the feminine body and the necessity of its transfiguration represents the most important challenge to which the artistic expression of her work responds. An entire succession of full or fragmented images is ongoing in the face of the viewer as well as plastic subjects or motifs. All these representations reveal lightning bodies that are visible thanks to a snapshot that exposes the body fragment, correspondent to a time fragment. The images stay in front of us because they have the authority of an evidence, a proof that a moment of a feminine intimate life passed leaving a trace behind. The “film” of this succession of representations never explains the story that stood behind their bringing to canvas, is a “film” from which some shots are missing.
These images dissimulate the various quiet noises of the moving feminine body that, at its turn put in motion the props of the intimate space. All these are fixed in front of our eyes through other quiet noises of the photo camera and then codified in the painting language, through the light quantity that the artist’s imagination controls. What remains after the pictorial sublimation is a feminine pulsatile identity, whose fundamental principle of manifestation is the metamorphic dynamics.
Before vanishing in the light or dissolving in the night, the body images tell us, with exhilaration, an unrepeatable story. Another identical image will never be seen. The motifs of hands, legs or torsos expose the idea of an anguishing sublime, that emphasizes not what it is, but what could become the feminine body if it could remodel itself accordingly to the soul that lives inside of it.
Lightning Body, Quiet Noise is one of the most daring artistic embodiment of the idea of transformation. In the context of the hyperrealist painting’s revival in the Romania of the 2000’s, the approach of the artist Sabina Elena Dragomir unveils a dramatic poetry through becoming and self-affirmation of the fragment-bodies.