Prophecy, Samba Time, Tattoo for Girl, Young Tree
Acrylic resin, plywood, clock, video, 2021
Shown here in the context of Millions of Ruins exhibition at Quadro Gallery
Following times of unease and crisis, the promised return to normalcy is a look back through rose-colored spectacles to a recent past. For the generations of young artists of today, the 1990s and 2000s are made up of nostalgic optimisms and broken promises; the ruins of those years still haunt our contemporary society.
Since they grew up on simulated historical narratives as seen in video games, the fantasy timelines and digital landscapes form for them a collective memory filled with hyper-romanticized and misquoted pasts. Other places, like The Internet Archive’s library, house millions of websites, software, books, images, and more; these collections of digitized assets are our current digital histories, today’s ruins to explore.
The exhibition is a throwback to the era in which internet companies competed for turbo speeds, the economy went through turbo inflation and then emerged into turbo capitalism, we imported fast cars in turbo chewing gum and turbo diesel, all these moments - lost in time, like tears in the rain.
1990s Romanian postmodernist architecture and furniture design are referenced in Adrian Ganea’s scenographic take on the clash between orthodox historical fantasy and hypertech capitalism.
Reviving a Romantic approach and fascination with decay, the artists turn ruins into privileged spaces, which simultaneously invoke reactions of nostalgia and sublimity.