Ioana Nemes – “Monthly Evaluations”


Eastside Projects (Birmingham, UK)
15.03 – 14.06.2014
KILOBASE BUCHAREST role: co-curator

Ioana Nemes (1979-2011) was one of the most acknowledged and exhibited Romanian artists of her generation. A professional handball player who turned artist at the age of 21 after a serious knee accident, she studied photography with Iosif Kiraly at the National University of Arts Bucharest.
Nemes’s drive was fueled by a necessity to visualize and communicate as clearly as possible the hidden mechanisms behind the linguistic, visual, and psychological systems that define us.
The exhibition presents selected works from her ambitious 2003-2010 series ‘Monthly Evaluations’. Grouped in 3 main themes, ‘Dreams’, ‘Vanishing Point’ and ‘Work Harder’, the exhibition explores a set of clearly defined themes from Nemes’ complex universe of evaluations of her daily existence. The exhibition presents the ongoing critical relevance of Nemes’ practice of creating a meta-narrative as an evaluatory working method.
Nemes participated in Istanbul Biennial, (2009), U-Turn Copenhagen (2008), Prague Biennial (2007) and Bucharest Bienniale 2 (2006). Her works have been shown in Art in General, NY (2011), Secession, Vienna (2010), Smart Project Space, Amsterdam (2009) and Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel (2006) and most recently in exhibitions like Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module, New Museum, NY (2014), Sometimes we shouldn’t pretend everything is OK, Salonul de Proiecte, Bucharest (2013), Ritual without Myth, Royal College of Art, London (2012), Desire is War, The Contemporary Art Gallery of Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu (2011), Communism Never Happened, Charim Gallery, Vienna (2011).
Supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute
With special thanks to Salonul de Proiecte (Bucharest) and Ioana Nemes Circle of Friends
All photo documentation: Stuart Whipps