june, 2020

26junallday24sepSilvia Amancei & Bogdan Armanu | It Was Always in Plain Sight


Event Details

Ivan Gallery is delighted to invite you to visit the exhibition “It was always in plain sight”, Silvia Amancei & Bogdan Armanu (SABA)’s first solo show at Ivan Gallery.

“It was always in plain sight” is a new site-specific project which unfolds in the gallery’s space in the shape of a cinematic plot narrated through a multimedia installation of objects, paintings, drawings and collages, multi-layered frames instead of literally moving-images. The storyline features two characters acted by the artists themselves as an upper-middle-class couple stumbling upon a victim-less presumed murder scene on an eventful night: “The two discover a stain of blood on their living room floor. A murder? Maybe, but there’s no body, there’s no criminal. Surely, it’s just a confusion.“ (SABA) The signs of anonymous violence and aggression invade their domestic environment and while trying to ignore, cover up or clean them, the two end up being devoured as well by the nameless, invisible affliction.

Employing the aesthetic tools of thriller and horror cinema, the artists aim at deconstructing the ideological mechanisms of Hollywood and the social blindness of neoliberalism, uncovering a deeper discussion on the contemporary configuration of life and its many “invisible” or rather ignored systemic threats. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic just adds up a coincidental layer of meaning on top of a previously conceived project dealing with the weak spots of today’s capitalist societies, art’s powerlessness and the artist’s uncertain condition.

Courtesy of Ivan Gallery.


June 26 (Friday) - September 24 (Thursday)


Ivan Gallery

Dr. Dimitrie Grecescu 13 050598, Bucharest


Ivan Gallery[email protected] Dr. Dimitrie Grecescu 13 050598, Bucharest

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Selim MawadMahmoud Mokhtar (Egypt, 1891–1934). Au Bord Du Nil, between 1923 and 1932, bronze, 119 cm height