Raluca Popa was born in 1979, in Romania. She studied at Byam Shaw School of Art - Central Saint Martins, London and at The University of Art and Design, Cluj. She lives and works in Bucharest and Berlin.
Ever since completing her studies she has been maintaining an interest in the concept of learning and methods of dissemination of knowledge, upon which she reflects through drawing, performance, video, animation, books. In her work she assumes a condition prior to learning and understanding, or posthumous stances of forgetting, undoing and unlearning, and from within these margins she creates new sentences, or she revises existing material such as written texts, moving pictures, photographic archives, in order to give a certain feeling of inevitability. For example the act of learning to swim takes the form of a performance at the Black Sea during Sinopale 6, International Sinop Biennial, Turkey, 2017.
For the past ten years she has been working also in animation films, mainly as background artist. Thus, shifting between the affirming nature of an artwork and the subordinate nature of a décor, she feels that she is looking forward and backward at the same time.
Recent solo / group exhibitions:
The Unpleasant Show, Jecza Gallery, Timișoara, 2018; Life a userʼs manual, Art Encounters, Timișoara. 2017; Sinopale 6, International Sinop Biennial, Turkey, 2017; The Best of Bees, Duplex, Geneva (CH), 2017; South by Southeast. A Further Surface, Guangdong Times Museum (CN), 2016; Critical Moments, Shed im Eisenwerk, Frauenfeld (CH), 2016; Esthetics of Learning, Printmaking Gallery, The University of the Arts in Philadelphia (US), 2016; Two Titles, Rumänska Kulturinstitutet, Stockholm (SE), solo show, 2015; Turning Something Plain into a Circle, Ivan Gallery, Bucharest (RO), solo show, 2015; Mapping Bucharest: Art, Memory, and Revolution 1916–2016, Vienna Biennale (AU), 2015; Une autre cité, tranzit.ro/ București (RO), 2015; Other Rooms, Galeria Plan B, Cluj, 2015; And Yet There Was Art!, Leopold Museum, Vienna (AU), 2014
Portrait of My Husband
floor based sculpture, aluminium and steel
A classic portrait of Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev.
Exhibitions: Fete cu idei [Băieţi şi picturi], Lateral ArtSpace, Fabrica de Pensule, Cluj
10-30 June 2016