Madalina Androne is an artist who uses various media, in particular photography, which is her initial focus to explore themes of identity, space, memory and time. Her latest projects investigate the ways in which the digital image, materiality, and immateriality impact our understanding of the self and the world.
I am currently on my way to becoming an artist using photography as a starting point. In my projects I look for ways to understand the environment (my own and external) through the exploration of the themes of memory, identity and time. I continually challenge myself to see things from various perspectives.
During ´ACE residency I was interested in continuously pushing my own boundaries by connecting with the work of my colleagues-artists and at the same time looking for a deeper engagement with our environment. I decided to reflect on the forces that shape our relationship with the others and with the place we inhabit.
I developed a futuristic narrative of seeing the world an as a planet covered and protected by forests, a locus of interdependencies with no borders, inspired by ecological alarms.
I used images of forests manipulated into origami shapes as floating bridges which can help us bond with our true nature and reverse our planet’s destruction, questioning current capitalist purposes and pointing to mankind wellbeing concerns.
1976 Slobozia, Romania
Lives and works in London, United Kingdom
In progress | BA in Photography, Open College of the Arts and UCA, Barnsley, UK
2013 | Solo exhibition, Cultural Centre ‘Palataki’, Athens, Greece
Exhibitions, Together Apart
#3| FRONTIER: results
Artists in dialogue
Frontiers as geopolitical frontiers, as cultural, biopolitical; frontiers as limits and as separations within the artistic disciplines, frontiers as hegemonic considerations of our bodies and identities…were some of the approaches on FRONTIER general theme in the Together Apart Program #3 session.
Through 4 encounters we collectively and individually created ideas and artworks which explored a non-binary approach of the topic. The participant artists also had the possibility to dialogue with Kristina Borg and Liz Ingram & Bernd Hildebrant, international artists and former ´ace artists-in-residence, invited to present their contributions and explorations in relation to the topic. For this session we also gave priority to moments of peer review or collective feedback and to open discussions which drifted through issues of art and therapy, art and research, participatory art, the complexity of artistic collaboration and how collective practice appears to be a right to claim even more in moments of isolation.
Through different theoretical readings and artistic references, and through the proposals of each of the participant artists, we identified the importance of liminal states, the non-binary, we assumed the difficulty of inhabiting the in-between but also recognized that art practice is what allows us to live in ambiguous states and to constantly raise questions. We also explored other practices as breathing techniques, meditation and knowledge and skills sharing as methods to break through discriminative or isolating frontiers.
Using poetry, film, online performances, video art and the creation of a network for artists through the method of “participatory asset mapping”, the artists from this cohort created in search of commonalities in their migrant’s everyday experiences, resonances among the natural conditions of the places they live in, the links among their identities and psychological researches and in search of practical collaborations to continue working in the future.
DANIELA RUIZ MORENO | curator-in-residence