Swimming Pool is delighted to invite you to a workshop with performance artist Irina Gheorghe on May 31th that will preceed a solo exhibition by the artist to take place later this year at Swimming Pool. This workshop is part of a series of events Artistic Practices: Performance that includes discussions, workshops, exhibitions and publications and focuses on performance in contemporary art aiming at creating a discursive context in Sofia.
Practices of Deviation: Performance Exercises for estranging the Everyday explores some techniques through which things which are not in the space of Swimming Pool may start to appear. How can an environment become strange while staying the same? When does sensation betray and how can this betrayal become productive?
The aim is not to make things which are not there, somehow, be there – as soon as this happens, they are no longer things which are not there, they have become things which are there, so our endeavour has failed. What we will try to do, rather, is invoke things which are not there while retaining a sense of their not-being-there, and at the same time producing a sense of things which are there not-being-quite-the-same. Deviation is the practice at hand for this treason of presence, involving techniques of estrangement, displacement, abstraction and absurdity.
Irina Gheorghe (born 1981, in Târgoviște, Romania) works primarily with performance, in combination with drawing, installation or video, to address the tensions which appear when art aims to speak about things which are beyond our possibilities of observation, from extraterrestrial life to hypothetical planets. Her recent work explores the notion of deviation as a technique of estranging the everyday. Irina also works with Alina Popa as part of the artist duo The Bureau of Melodramatic Research to investigate how passions shape contemporary society. Her work was presented at Changing Room Berlin, Zona Sztuki Aktualnej Szczecin, Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris, CCA Derry, Chapter Thirteen / Glasgow International, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, HOME Manchester, Salonul de Proiecte Bucharest, CAC Vilnius, TRAFO Budapest, Savvy Contemporary Berlin, Pratt Manhattan Gallery New York, Times Museum Guangzhou, MNAC Bucharest, Skolska 28 Prague, BAK Utrecht, DEPO Istanbul, Galeria Posibila Bucharest, etc. Irina is currently a PhD in practice candidate at GradCAM, supported by the Technological University Dublin.