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Olivia Mihălțianu

Olivia Mihălțianu

Bereich: Artistic research, Film, Video, Photographie

© Olivia Mihălţianu

© Olivia Mihălţianu

© Olivia Mihălţianu

© Olivia Mihălţianu

© Olivia Mihălţianu

© Olivia Mihălţianu

© Olivia Mihălţianu

© Olivia Mihălţianu

© Olivia Mihălţianu

© Olivia Mihălţianu

Key Facts




Artistic research, Film, Video, Photographie



Empfehlende Institution

tranzit.org/ERSTE Stiftung


März 2019 - März 2019

Olivia Mihălţianu studied visual arts at the University of Arts Bucharest and she currently lives and works in Bucharest. Her artistic approach is related to cross-media and process-oriented projects involving video, film, photography, object-making, installation and performance. Usually long-term projects, the works follow various visual aspects related to personal identity and social life in different cultures, political and economic situations, in a global and local context, by questioning topics such as: the role played by the artist in today’s society, archetypal human patterns, re-contextualization, alienation. Working with specific locations, from urban fabric to deserted beaches and from mountain tops to isolated islands, filtering everything through iconic images inspired by cinema, video-art and photography, by using historic cameras and cutting-edge technologies, is an attempt to move freely through time, personal perceptions and social expectations.

Solo shows (selection)

Rewind, Hoast, Independent Space Index Festival, Vienna, Austria, 2018
Tailler la robe selon le drap / Cutting The Coat According To The Cloth, Anca Poterasu Gallery, Spinnerei, Leipzig,
Germany, 2018
Loop Barcelona, Anca Poterasu Gallery, Spain, 2017
Winyan Kipanpi Win, The Visit, Anca Poterasu Gallery, Bucharest, Romania, 2016
Winyan Kipanpi Win |The Woman Who Was Waited For, Zygote Press, Cleveland, USA, 2014
Winyan Kipanpi Win |The Woman Who Was Waited For, Factory, Kunsthalle Krems, Austria, 2013
island / 7days, Galerie Centrum, Graz, Austria, 2012
Anyone But Me, Anywhere But Here, Contemporary Art Gallery, Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu, Romania, 2008
7-OLIVIA, HT003 Gallery, White Night of Galleries, Bucharest, Romania, 2007

Group shows (selection)

Ex-East. Past and recent stories of the Romanian avant-garde, Espace Niemeyer, Paris, France, 2019
New Acquisitions, Natioanal Museum of Contemporary Art Athens (EMST), Greece, 2018
Manufacturing nature / Naturalizing the synthetic, Frac des Pays de la Loire, France, 2018
Archeology and Postarchive, Borderline Art Space, Iasi, Romania, 2018
Forms of Coexistence, Structura Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2017
On Words, Water and Things, Borderline Art Space, Iasi, Romania, 2017
Life a User’s Manual, Art Encounters, Timisoara, Romania, 2017
3rd Mediterranean Biennale, Out Of Place, Sakhinn Valley, Israel, 2017
7th International Experimental Engraving Biennial - Fabricated Histories, Bucharest, 2016
White Night of Galleries Retrospect - Memory Leaks, ARCUB, Bucharest, 2016
curated by_Edit Sasvari: Homage - Ideal or Pattern?, Knoll Galerie, Vienna / Budapest, 2016
Une autre cité, Tranzit.ro/Bucharest, 2015
Dear Money, Salonul de proiecte, Viennafair The New Contemporary, Viena, 2013
55 Venice Biennale, Reflection Center for Suspended Histories. An Attempt, New Gallery, Romanian Institute of
Culture and Humanistic Research, Venice, Italy, 2013
Good Girls, Memory, Desire, Power, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania, 2013
A Tour of Romania in 7 Days, Club Electroputere, Bucharest, Romania, 2013
From the Backstage, Salonul de proiecte, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania, 2012
Situated Knowledge: I follow rivers of thoughts, Romanian Institute of Culture and Humanistic Research, Venice, Italy, 2011
curated by_Amy Barak, Communism Never Happened, Charim Galerie, Vienna, Austria, 2011
4th Young Artists' Biennial Bucharest, Romania, 2010
where do we go from here?, Secession, Vienna, Austria, 2010
The Knot, The Promised City, Berlin, Bucharest, 2010
Wakefield Meadows, Pavlion Unicredit, Bucharest, Romania, 2009
Shifting identities, Romanian Cultural Institute, Prague, Czech Republic, 2009
Transfer II, Schafhof-Europaisches Künstlerhaus Oberbayern, Freising, Germany, 2008
3rd Young Artists' Biennial Bucharest, Romania, 2008
XIII Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, Puglia, Italy, 2008
Social Cooking Romania, NGBK, Berlin, Germany, 2007
How to Build a Universe That Does Not Fall apart Two Days Later, Donumenta, Regensburg, Germany, 2007
Neighbourhood, Visual Euro-barometer, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Gallery 3/4, Bucharest, 2007
OverExposures, Art Museum, Timisoara, Romania, 2007
FEMiDOM, Galeria Noua, Bucharest, Romania / Gallery Fisk, Bergen, Norway, 2007
Her Position In Transition/International Women Art Festival, Vienna, Austria, 2006
formate / moving patterns, Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria, 2004


During my time residence in Vienna I am planning to continue my research on the concept of Grafting and Splicing that is, film and plant manipulation - seen from a speculative perspective as similar techniques of content maneuvering - a continuation of previous concerns and ideas pushed forward in a new context which can expand and reveal new meanings and knowledge.
The research is looking into the Deleuzean theory that science and art, along philosophy are equally and essentially creative and practical, they are different ways of organizing the metaphysical flux. In the same time Deleuze does not treat cinema as an art representing an external reality, but as an ontological practice that creates different ways of organizing movement and time.


During my one-month residency at the Q21/MQ I had the opportunity to further develop my research concept on Grafting and Splicing, which looks at the similarities and common ground between plants and film and photography. It fallows links created by plant grafting, evolution of species, end of the line species, mutations and genetic modification vs diverse film and photographic techniques, endless possibilities of editing and new content.

I had the opportunity to trace some of all this different working paths at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, ERSTE Stiftung Bibliothek or the Botanischer Garten der Universität Wien.

The residency was also a very good opportunity to reconnect with the Viennese art scene, by meeting artists, curators and visiting galleries, artist-run spaces and studios.

This research time allowed me to later add new ideas and develop new works that were presented in exhibitions such as:
Enquiry into Plants, Tranzit.ro/Bucharest, 2019, the work Natura non facit saltus / Natura facit saltus; the project Direct Exposure and Direct Exposure - Herbarium at Sense of a City, the fridge, Bulgarian Fund for Women, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 2019 and at WeTransfer: Art and Politics in the Appropriate Hands, Timisoara, 2019; the solo show Cette histoire n’est pas fantastique at Anca Poterasu Gallery, Bucharest, Romania, 2019, also presented at Curiosa, Paris Photo, 2019.

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