There are stages in life when one takes a step back from the mundane contaminations and readdress one’s inner essence. At these stages, blood, flesh and traditions kick in the complexity of the reflective process and one’s identity is constantly re-addressed. We are sister and brother who work in the field of visual arts and have lived for large periods of time in the same cultural contexts away from our birthplace in Romania. On this basis we felt the natural need to engage in a collaborative venture on the theme of home.
Gabriela & Valentin Boiangiu
This exhibition occupied the entire five rooms of the ground floor of the Museum between 14 April and 12 May 2007. It was a great honour to be able to display at this venue, as on the same floor a permanent exhibition of Constantin Brancusi's sculptures also features. Craiova is the two artists' home city.
The exhibition at Hanul cu Tei Gallery in Bucharest, was curated by artist Tudor Graur, who invited us to display our project for a month in the middle of an old Bucharest listed area.
HomeAcasa exhibiton at the Art Gallery in Leeds was part of the Trading Spaces Project during the celebration of 800 years of Leeds as a multicultural and diverse city. We were proud to bring this exhibition back to where we lived at that time after a tour of experiences and displays in our home country, Romania.
The last segment of the HomeAcasa tour. Thank you and goodbye final display with a significant contribution from Murat Ozkasim who performed live the making of a giant cake in the shape of a house.
Considering the universal nature of the notion of home we are proud to recognise the fact that some of the works produced have benefited from precious collaborative input from Phill Harding (Domestic Sound Installation), Ben Lear and Jamie Green (Home to Home video), Violeta Boiangiu (Gypsy Lady Embroidery), Murat Ozkasim (live cake at Dean Clough Gallery, Halifax) and over 600 voluntary contributions for the 'House' mail art installation. We also want to thank to all the curators who helped us with this project.
Arts Council England
Romanian Cultural Institute London
Leeds City Council, Art Gallery Leeds, UK
HT003 Gallery Bucharest, Romania
Art Museum Craiova, Romania