Alexandra Boaru: “𝐼 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑡𝑜𝑢𝑐ℎ 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑜𝑓 𝑚𝑒 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑜𝑓 𝑦𝑜𝑢. 𝑇𝑜 𝑏𝑒 𝑠𝑦𝑛𝑐ℎ𝑟𝑜𝑛𝑖𝑧𝑒𝑑. 𝐴 𝑡𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑙𝑒 𝑚𝑎𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑜𝑓 𝑡𝑜𝑢𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑠 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑎𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑦 𝑎𝑠 𝑤𝑒 𝑎𝑙𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑑𝑦 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑖𝑛 𝑒𝑎𝑐ℎ 𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑏𝑜𝑑𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑤𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑏𝑒 𝑠𝑒𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑜𝑛𝑒’𝑠 𝑑𝑒𝑎𝑡ℎ. 𝑊𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑜𝑥𝑦𝑔𝑒𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑑𝑢𝑐𝑒, 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑒𝑥𝑡𝑟𝑒𝑚𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑖𝑛𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑖𝑡𝑒, 𝑎𝑠 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝑚𝑦 𝑚𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟, 𝑚𝑦 𝑠𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑚𝑒. 𝑌𝑜𝑢 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑎𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑, 𝑢𝑛𝑠𝑒𝑒𝑛, 𝑙𝑖𝑘𝑒 𝑎 𝐺𝑜𝑑. 𝑊ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑒 𝑚𝑦 𝑙𝑢𝑛𝑔𝑠 𝑎𝑏𝑠𝑜𝑟𝑏 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑜𝑥𝑦𝑔𝑒𝑛 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑣𝑖𝑑𝑒, 𝑤ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑑𝑜 𝐼 𝑔𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑖𝑛 𝑒𝑥𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑒? 𝑀𝑦, 𝑒𝑥ℎ𝑎𝑙𝑒. 𝐼 𝑏𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑜 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑤ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝐼 𝑢𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑛𝑜 𝑙𝑜𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑟 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑. 𝐴𝑛𝑑 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑡𝑎𝑘𝑒 𝑖𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑔𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑖𝑡 𝑏𝑎𝑐𝑘 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑖𝑠ℎ 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑢𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑚𝑦 𝑏𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡ℎ.
𝐴𝑙𝑙 𝑜𝑓 𝑚𝑒 𝑖𝑠 ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑛𝑜𝑤; 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑜𝑓 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑖𝑠 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒, 𝑑𝑒𝑎𝑑, 𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑜𝑟 𝑤𝑎𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔. 𝑌𝑜𝑢 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑎 𝑚𝑦𝑟𝑖𝑎𝑑 𝑜𝑓 𝑎𝑔𝑔𝑟𝑒𝑔𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑚𝑠… 𝑝𝑎𝑝𝑒𝑟, 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑐𝑜𝑎𝑙, 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑖𝑟, 𝑐𝑙𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑠, 𝑓𝑜𝑜𝑑, 𝑚𝑒𝑑𝑖𝑐𝑖𝑛𝑒… 𝐻𝑜𝑤 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝐼 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑒𝑡𝑒 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑜𝑓 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑎𝑙𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑑𝑦, 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑚𝑦 𝑜𝑤𝑛 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙, ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑚𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑚𝑦 𝑏𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑡ℎ?
𝑌𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑖𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑑𝑜𝑒𝑠 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑎 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑔𝑒𝑑 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑐𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑒𝑣𝑜𝑙𝑢𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑟𝑎𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑎𝑦 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑘𝑒𝑒𝑝 𝑚𝑒 𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑟𝑢𝑛𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓. 𝑇ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑖𝑠 𝑒𝑛𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑜𝑓 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑡𝑜𝑜 𝑚𝑢𝑐ℎ 𝑜𝑓 𝑚𝑒. 𝐼 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑙 𝑡𝑜𝑜 𝑚𝑢𝑐ℎ 𝑜𝑓 𝑎 ℎ𝑢𝑚𝑎𝑛 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝑙𝑜𝑜𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑢𝑝𝑜𝑛 ℎ𝑜𝑤 𝑢𝑛𝑛𝑒𝑐𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑎𝑟𝑦 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑙𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑚𝑦 𝑏𝑒𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑠”.
In the “Incidents of soft care” exhibition, the artist Alexandra Boaru presents a series of analog photographs, objects and an in situ installation (to be created during the opening event), which has as its central theme the hybridization between plants and female hair, used as a metaphor and as substance for a process necessary for transcendence between different species. Both by its structure and by its functions, hair is a living organ, which arises from a germ. Cells multiply, germs develop, taking the shape of a hollow sphere inside. Inside the plant cell, however, there are numerous organelles, which perform various functions necessary for the survival of the plant.
Along the lines of speculative philosophy, which we find in the entire work of Alexandra Boaru, a hybridization of this type – in which the plant cell becomes the germ for the hair follicle – is not only a personal statement, but a neo-alchemical process absolutely necessary for the artistic experiment with which she operates. However absurd this hypothesis may seem, it is, in fact, only a natural consequence of returning to the concept of nature (be it human or non-human), in which the central theme is the relationship between man and the environment, in a moment marked by a fragile balance between forces (social, political, environmental, etc.). It responds, at the same time, to the obsessive “clivage” also formulated by the French philosopher and anthropologist Bruno Latour: “Nature/Culture”, in a sensitive and conceptual manner.
Nature, viewed as a non-social objective reality, is conceptualized, passed through the filter of one’s own artistic experience, internalized and reconstructed in a new, antagonistic vision that contradicts the limiting paradigms of the “man vs. the nature”. The hybridization process is fluid and integrative, we can say that Alexandra “collaborates” with the plants to develop, “together” a new pattern of “being in the world”. Where modernity uses classification and categorization, post-modernity looks for new methods of “unlearning” them, a way to cancel categories and class distance, to identify common features – plants as active agents of the environment, which respond and communicate with stimuli around them – touch, light. Cancelling the paradigm of the human being located at the center of the world, and using similarities, it is more than obvious why the artist chose female hair for this symbiotic hair-plant relationship. And, just as obviously, why her entire oeuvre explores and operates under the auspices of a deeply imaginative experiment oriented toward symbiosis, hybridization, and infinite possibilities of (meta)transformation. (Mirela Stoeac-Vlăduți, curator)
𝐴𝑙𝑒𝑥𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑟𝑎 𝐵𝑜𝑎𝑟𝑢 𝑖𝑠 𝑎 𝑚𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑖𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑐𝑖𝑝𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑎𝑟𝑦 𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑖𝑠𝑡, ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑘𝑠 𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑙𝑢𝑑 𝑝ℎ𝑜𝑡𝑜𝑔𝑟𝑎𝑝ℎ𝑦, 𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑣𝑖𝑑𝑒𝑜. 𝐻𝑒𝑟 𝑝𝑟𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑒 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑣𝑜𝑘𝑒𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑝𝑡 𝑜𝑓 ”ℎ𝑢𝑚𝑎𝑛” 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑡𝑠 𝑖𝑚𝑝𝑎𝑐𝑡 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑒𝑥𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑜𝑟, 𝑜𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑜𝑟 𝑖𝑡𝑠 𝑜𝑤𝑛 𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓. 𝑂𝑛𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑎𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑚𝑒𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑏𝑒 𝑠𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑡 ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑘𝑠 𝑖𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑙𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑜𝑓 𝑏𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑒𝑠 𝑏𝑒𝑡𝑤𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑏𝑒𝑖𝑛𝑔 ℎ𝑢𝑚𝑎𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑏𝑒𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑒𝑙𝑠𝑒, 𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑔 ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑏𝑜𝑑𝑦 𝑎𝑠 𝑎 𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑛𝑒𝑞𝑢𝑖𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑔𝑙𝑦 𝑜𝑏𝑗𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑓𝑦𝑖𝑛𝑔 ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓. 𝑆ℎ𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑠 𝑏𝑜𝑡ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑜𝑏𝑠𝑒𝑟𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑜𝑏𝑠𝑒𝑟𝑣𝑒𝑑. 𝐻𝑒𝑟 𝑎𝑝𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑎𝑐ℎ 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑜𝑓𝑡𝑒𝑛 𝑏𝑒 𝑑𝑒𝑠𝑐𝑟𝑖𝑏𝑒𝑑 𝑎𝑠 𝑝𝑜𝑒𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑙, 𝑏𝑒𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑛𝑓𝑙𝑢𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑑 𝑏𝑦 20𝑡ℎ-𝑐𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑦 𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 ’70𝑠 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑝𝑡𝑢𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑠𝑚.
|Exhibition||Incidents of soft care|
|Place / venue||META Spațiu|
|Curated by||Mirela Stoeac-Vlăduți|
|Photos||all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and META Spațiu|
|Index||Alexandra Boaru META Spațiu Mirela Stoeac-Vlăduți|