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[ART PLOSHADKA Artist Portfolio] International weekend Druta Veaceslav

November 21, 2011

image from Still life to the other side

still image from Flights

still image from Jumps

still image from Untitled (performance with the participation of Mary Beth Heffernan)

Veaceslav DRUTA

A recurrent issue of my films is the relationship between the performing body and a specific environment, which can be a natural situation or a mise-en-scène. The actor has to make a physical effort in order to execute his action, or to resist to the milieu. “The participants of the video Still life to the other side (2008, 4 min), were subject to the deliberately difficult and abnormal constraint of having their portraits shot while under water. This situation has created a subtle tension in the way the portraits register. Holding breath, resisting floatation, moving very slowly, all to satisfy the illusion that they are in a normal environment when in fact they are not, offsets the conventional portrait and creates a contradictory feeling”* .

The body’s choreography emerges from the performer’s wavering through a suite of physical and mental states as effort, concentration, anxiety, fear or on the contrary – relaxation, joy, amusement, comfort.

In the video Flights (2007, 2 min) a child is projected in the air by an unknown force and remains there. He flies, moves, crouches, pirouettes. Playing with the laws of gravity the young boy creates a form of aerial dance.
The performers of the video Jumps (2007, 2 min) have to jump as high as possible in order to arrive at the image, (in the sight of the camera). After a few first shots, a pig abruptly appears on the picture.  By his intrusion the animal provokes a divisive attitude to the viewer.
“Untitled (performance with the participation of Mary Beth Heffernan) (2008, 15 min, no sound)  conflates private and public space and sets up an absurd situation between a man and woman struggling in the tide of the ocean to sit down and read together as if they were at home in their living room. The ocean serves as a third character, constantly defeating the couple’s unrelenting desire to achieve the harmonious moment they are seeking”*.

*from text by Julie Deamer

Recommended by Tatiana Fiodorova

Druta Veaceslav


2004-2006 Research program La Seine, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
2002-2005 Le Fresnoy, national studio of contemporary arts, Tourcoing, France
1992-1998 University of Arts, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

– Whispered dances, Jozsa Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
– Galérie de l’Ecluse n° 10, La Collancelle, France
– Veaceslav Druta – New Work, Open Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

– The Journey to the East, The Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Polland
– Videoakt, International Videoart Biennial, Barselona, Spain
– Veaceslav Druta – Vasil Nikov, Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec, Montreal, Canada
– Scie-Son, Hall d’honneur Hôtel de Ville, Tourcoing, France
– Crosstalk Video Art Festival, Budapest, Hungary
– Art Brussels, 28 Contemporary art fair, Jozsa Gallery, Belgium
– Mario Ciaramitaro/ Veaceslav Druta – Bitches Brew, Gum Studio, Carrara, Italy
– Crea Numerica, Beirut, Lebanon
– Import-Export: From Moldova with Love, Neues Museum, Weimar, Germany
– Vidéos Europa, Le Fresnoy, in the frame of Lille 3000 / Europe XXL, Tourcoing, France
– Bad Times / Good Times, exhibition at gallery Futura, Praha, Czech Republic
– Cutting the Edge, Miami International Film Festival 2009, USA
– Art as gift, Romanian Cultural Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
– This is the future before it happened, Glendale College Art Gallery, USA
– Dans la nuit, des images, Grand Palais, Paris, France
– Re-Contruction, Biennial of young artists – 3d edition, Meta Cultural Foundation, Bucharest, Romania
– Periferic 8 – Art as Gift – Biennial for Contemporary Art, Iasi, Romania,
– 61st Film Festival Locarno – Section Play Forward, Swiss
– Happy day Christian Rizzo, Opera of Lille, France
– Les Nuits électroniques de l’Ososphère, Strasbourg, France,
– Flux-2. Parcours d’art contemporain en vallée du Lot, residence Maisons Daura, France
– Nit dels museums a la Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona, Spain
– In the Centre Pompidou, 11 artists invited by Pawel Althamer to exhibit in the Espace 315 of the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
– CitySonics, Transcultures, Mons, Belgium
– Via and Exit, International Festivals, Maubeuge and Créteil, France
– Audioframes, Lille 2004, France
– 5 jours tout court Short film Festival, Caen, France
– Blood and Honey – Future’s in the Balkans, Vienna, Austria
– International Festival of Video Art and Film Dreamcatcher, Kiev, Ukraine, prize in the  Video selection for “Portrait of L. I. Brezhnev”
– International Festival of Video Art Regards projetés, France
– Biennale of young artists from Europe and Mediterranean, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
– Tranzit-Napoc’99, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
– Senses Test Station, Moscow, Russia
– Messages from Countryside – REflections in RE, the 2nd Annual exhibition of SCCA Chisinau, Moldova
– Kilometrul 6, the 1st Annual Exhibition of SCCA, Chisinau, Moldova

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