Larisa Sitar: Robust Boast

About this event

In her new exhibition Robust Boast, Larisa Sitar explores the cultural commodification of classical western styles of architectural decoration and how such motifs have now become commonplace status symbols across much of the non-western world. As Eastern European architecture rapidly transformed during the 1990s in response to the new sociopolitical landscape, regular houses began to incorporate unlikely ornamentation taken from romanticized histories of the West. Reflecting upon these aesthetic appropriations as a means through which people seek to affirm their changing social realities, Sitar has produced an ensemble of sculptural forms, including a series of terrazzo mosaics and plasterlike bas-reliefs, in a space reminiscent of a domestic interior, but where the ornaments and their origins have become remixed and ultimately unidentifiable.

Larisa Sitar (b. 1984 Romania) lives and works in Bucharest. Following her training in video and photography at the National University of Arts in Bucharest, she continues to adopt new techniques for her projects, be they traditional, technical or digital, with one work often passing through various stages of materialization. Her approach to image-making is not only transdisciplinary but also trans-historical, revisiting past and present representations of national identity and cultural heritage. Sitar participated in the WIELS Residency Programme during the first half of 2019.

Curator: Caroline Dumalin

Organized in the framework of Europalia Arts Festival Romania 2019. With the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute, the Romanian Government, and Speedwell

WIELS Project Room
05.12.2019 – 05.01.2020
Opening Wednesday 04.12.2019, 18:00–21:00
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 14:00–18:00
Free entry