Kinema ikon’s Esoteric Underground, Romania 1970-1989: An Illustrated Presentation by Ileana Selejan

Rodica Valentin & Iosif Stroia, 1983

Date: Friday, December 7th

Time: 8pm

Admission: $5

Presented by: Shannon Taggart

With supplies salvaged from their day jobs as filmmakers during the Ceauşescu regime, kinema ikon produced sixty-two 16mm films between 1970 and 1989. Their work is a prime example of the avant-garde art resistance movements operating within the confines of the totalitarian state. Kinema ikon’s interdisciplinary approach to art and technology was a counterpoint to the single channel, linear modus operandi of the communist apparatus. Despite the significance of their art, it has rarely been shown or seen.

Ileana Selejan will talk about her personal experience of coming to know some of the members of kinema ikon and her introduction to their archive. While sharing their work, Ileana will discuss its subversive aesthetic foundations and how it has the power and potential to revise the memory of repression.

 Ileana Selejan is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts, at New York University. She is writing a dissertation on esthetics and the representation of war in contemporary photography. Originally from Romania, Ileana has lived and worked in New York for the past 5 years.

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