Apparatus 22 is a multidisciplinary art collective initiated by current members Erika Olea, Maria Farcas, Dragos Olea and late artist Ioana Nemes (1979, Bucharest – 2011, NY) in January 2011 in Bucharest, Romania.
Apparatus 22 is exploring the intricate relationships between fashion and economy, politics, gender studies, social movements, religion in order to understand the contemporary society.
A string of very diverse works -installations, performances, text based- shapes their practice in which reality is mixed with fiction and storytelling and all merges with a critical approach drawing knowledge & experience from design, sociology, literature and economics.
The collective participated in exhibitions and festivals at MUMOK, Viena (AT), Museion, Bolzano (IT), Brukenthal Museum Contemporary Art Gallery, Sibiu (RO), MAK, Viena (AT), Steirischer Herbst, Graz (AT), Drodesera Festival, Dro (IT), Young Artists Biennial, Bucharest (RO), Gyeonggi Creation Center (KR), Salonul de Proiecte, Bucharest (RO), TIME MACHINE BIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART, D-0 ARK UNDERGROUND, Konji (BIH), TRAFO Gallery, Budapest (HU), Futura Gallery, Prague (CZ), Oberwelt, Stuttgart (DE), Ujazdowski Castle – Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw (PL), Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (DE), Contemporary Art Museum (MNAC), Bucharest (RO), Nieuwe Vide, Haarlem (NL), KunstMuseum Linz (AT), Osage Foundation (Hong Kong); solo exhibitions: “Buy me a mystery”, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest (RO), “AS GOOD AS GOLD” - Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (DE), “An archive of Longings (chapter 1)” – Galeria Calina, Timisoara (RO), SEVERAL LAWS. THE ELASTIC TEST” - Gallleriapiù, Bologna (IT) etc.
The work of the collective was exhibited at La Biennale di Venezia 2013, Romanian Official Representation II - "Reflection Centre for Suspended Histories. An Attempt" exhibition.
Apparatus 22 is the winner of the “BIVACCOURBANO_R RESIDENCY 2015” grant for artistic research and residency offered by Progetto Diogene in Turin.
www.apparatus22.ro (coming soon)