-visual arts curator-
The works of Apparatus 22 were presented at: La Biennale di Venezia 2013, Museion Bolzano, KUNSTHALLE WIEN, Ujazdowski Castle Warsaw, Kunsthal Gent, MUMOK, Vienna, Swimingpool Project, Sofia, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, MNAC Bucharest etc. KILOBASE BUCHAREST has curated and produced projects at KULTURKONTAKT Vienna, Oberwelt Stuttgart, Eastside Projects Birmingham, SUPERSIMETRICA Madrid etc.
– performing arts curator-
Ioana Gonțea works as an independent cultural manager and theater producer. In 2019, together with Roxana Crișan, Denisa Niță and Ioana Dadiciu, she founded the FIR Cooperative, an artistic cooperative focused on projects with an impact on society, which uses art and culture as an engine of development for different communities. She was the producer of the Bucharest International Theater Platform (4 editions, curated by Cristina Modreanu), of the Romanian-French co-production “Déracines / Rupți din rădăcini” (text and direction by Bogdan Zamfir), presented during the France-Romania Cultural Season. She was the manager of the Romanian-German project “365 days in Germany. New theater for children and teenagers ”(developed together with Ciprian Marinescu), the podcast“ MONO- a cultural intervention with and about single mothers ”(made by Cooperativa FIR) and the theater and performing arts magazine Scena.ro.
Vlad Levente Viski is an LGBT feminist activist and PhD student in political science at the University of Bucharest. He completed his master’s degree at Central European University with a degree in political science. He previously graduated in California State University, Los Angeles, also in political science. He also attended Tel Aviv University and Hong Kong University. He has published articles in them, The Advocate, Vice, Adevărul, Critic Atac, Decât o Revistă. In 2019 he worked on the exhibition “OBJECT. Traveler through public and personal histories ”at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, and in February 2017 he worked on the exhibition“ SAVAGED pINK. The history of the gay press in the 90’s at ODD. In 2018, she coordinated the 10th issue of ANAlize Journal of Gender and Feminist Studies, “LGBT Rights in Central and Eastern Europe: Theoretical Disputes, Community Building Strategies.” During 2015-2018 he was president of the MozaiQ Association.
Mihaela Cîrjan is an interdisciplinary worker in the cultural field. She works mainly as an independent cultural manager and works with artists, artists and artistic collectives from different areas or with her own ideas, seeking to develop a practice of collective care and development. In 2016, she co-founded MATKA with Lea Rasovszky, Valentina Iancu and Daniela Vîrlan, an association that develops artistic and cultural projects aimed mainly at vulnerable groups. Since 2019 she has been collaborating with the queer feminist collective CUTRA, one of the few publishing platforms of its kind in Romania. In 2020 she initiated Residence21, a program of artistic residencies whose purpose is to support and develop the national scene of experimental and independent music. In 2021, together with a significant group of artists and artists, she laid the foundations of the multifunctional art space Malmaison Workshops.
– PR –
Ruxandra Grecu is a journalist, communicator and pop culture critic. She worked for Adevărul, Evenimentul Zilei and Digi 24 – for the latter she was a reporter for the programme “Ca-n filme”. She was the press & PR coordinator for two installments of NexT International Film Festival. She wrote TV reviews for TV Mania and worked on developing a TV series. She is concerned with all the shapes that the future can take: what it might look like and how it might be built. That’s why she reads SF & fantasy literature, written by women, people of color, queer people, because she feels she has a lot to learn from it. Sometimes (far too rarely), she even writes fiction about the future(s).
– visual identity concept-
Otilia Fiastru is a graphic designer and designer of contemporary jewelry. She graduated from the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism in 2002 and has been working in graphic design since 2001. Since 2013 she has founded the contemporary jewelry brand Oval and is a designer and maker. The creations received the “MNAC Award” in Author 2014 and the “Accessory Design Award”, IFS 2016, London Fashion Week.
Yigru Zeltil was born in 1992, in Constanța. He graduated from the Faculty of Letters in Constanța. He has published poems, short prose, essays and chronicles of visual arts and literature in over 15 magazines. He has two active volumes of lyrics – “cocoa”, 2012 “; “Palm oil”, 2017, the latter included in the “History of contemporary Romanian literature” on the list of volumes of poetry considered by Mihai Iovănel representative for the last decades – as well as a bibliography of conceptual literature. It appears in the anthologies “Zero degree alert in current Romanian short prose” (2011), “The most beautiful poems of 2012” (2013) and “Shelters. The Queer Anthology of Cenacle X ”(2021). He is currently part of Cenacle X. He works in parallel with the “Institute / breaking line” (a project to catalog all volumes of verse published in Romanian) and a treatise on creative writing, among (much too many) others.
Yvonne Irimescu has over 15 years of experience in the Romanian cultural sector. During 2007-2019 she supervised the projects of the NexT Cultural Society (NexT International Film Festival, NexT Caravan, Education à l’image and CinEd), first as coordinator, then as executive director of the association. Over time, she has been involved in the development of several film projects for various production companies in Romania. Since 2021 she has been working with the MozaiQ Association as a project manager.
Anamaria Mohr is a human rights activist, working for nine years in non-governmental organizations; coordinated harm reduction / risk reduction services for sex workers, drug users, people living on the streets and / or people living with HIV. In 2007 she graduated from the Faculty of Theater at UNATC I.L. Caragiale, and in 2013 the master’s program Risk Groups and Social Support Services of the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, UB. She has contributed to the development and drafting of several research reports and guides on facilitating access for people from marginalized groups to health, housing and justice services.
Bogdan Dogaru started working in the LGBT community as a student, working in gay clubs in the capital, promoting LGBT culture both through dedicated parties and through cultural, social and HIV / AIDS prevention projects. He worked for the “I am! You?” where he tried to create a more united, responsible and healthy LGBT community by increasing trust and solidarity among community members.
He was primarily concerned with promoting protected sex, and raising awareness about HIV transmission; motivating informal opinion leaders to encourage them to generate conversations to reduce risks and the level of stigma on social media; creating a sense of unity and belonging to the community; community development and social solidarity through the introduction of community membership; the fight against social stigma and self-stigmatization.
-literature festival co-curator-
Ileana Negrea is a feminist, mad, queer, activist poet. She writes from the intersections, and about them. She published in various magazines, she wrote a story for the feminist speculative fiction anthology „Lumile noastre posibile” (Hecate, 2021) and made her poetry debut with „Jumătate din viața mea de acum” (frACTalia, 2021). Nominated for the Sofia Nădejde Awards, for Debut in 2021, and recipient of the National Mihai Eminescu Poetry Contest, Opus Primum Award, 2022. She founded Cenaclul X, and published with them the anthology „Adăposturi” (frACTalia, 2021). She lives with a cat named Luz, likes yellow cherries, books with shiny covers, red lipstick and glitter.
Vlad Nastasiu has been developing websites and web applications since high school; In recent years he has focused on cultural and digital archive projects working with the best design teams in the country. He has been living in Lisbon since 2021, and his travel plans are just beginning.
-coordinator on behalf of National Museum of Contemporary Art-
With a dual specialization in art history and theory and photo-video, she has curated exhibitions in galleries, museums and independent spaces in Romania and abroad and has contributed to or co-edited specialized publications. Since 2014 she has been a curator at the MNAC – National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest, where he currently heads the Curatorial section. Over time, she has created, independently or in collaboration, a series of exhibitions with varied themes and stakes, from large retrospectives to group exhibitions with complex themes.
Since 2016 she has been working with Dragoș Olea on KILOBASE BUCHAREST, a curatorial hybrid that explores topics such as economics, queer and Bucharest, the most recent project being KILOBASE BUCHAREST AZ (PUNCH, 2020) and the TRIUMF AMIRIA: MUSEUM WORKINGS exhibition series. 2021) and YOU FEEL ∼ AND DRIFT ∼ AND SING (2021-2022).
She has collaborated with and done internships at institutions such as the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice (2012), ZKM Karlsruhe (2014), the Romanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2013, 2015). In 2020, she received the award of the second edition of the Bega Art Prize, an initiative of the Kunsthalle Bega.
– coordinator on behalf of Educational Theater Center Replika-
Viorel Cojanu is an actor, playwright, project director, co-founder and executive director of the Replica Educational Theater Center. Project manager: “Our everyday hunger” – Immersive theater tour funded by the Ministry of Culture through grants provided by AFCN, 2016; “Replica Stories” – Educational Art Platform, funded by the Ministry of Culture through grants provided by AFCN and the Municipality of Bucharest through grants provided by ARCUB, 2015 and 2016 editions; “A Canine Manifesto” in the Public Libraries of Moldova – community theater project for animal protection and “Children of Migration” – Educational theater tour in Transylvania, both funded by EEA grants, 2014-2015; Educated Theater Center – funded by FDSC, 2014.
– Norwegian partner-
Kjersti Vetterstad (b. 1977) is a visual artist living and working in Oslo. She studied at the National Academy of Arts in Bergen, Norway and at the Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden. Through various artistic environments such as performance, installations, sound, video and film, Vetterstad explores themes such as time, space and ephemerality, as well as issues of identity and alienation. Recently, her work has addressed issues such as environmental challenges and issues related to the boundaries that define human relationships and what could be defined as more than human.
Vetterstad is the Norwegian partner and cultural mediator in Norway for TRIUMPH AMIRIA – Museum of Queer Culture [?].
Recently, her works have been presented at the International Filmmaker Festival of New York (US), Jaipur International Film Festival (IN), Kunstnernes Hus Cinema Oslo (NO), Taxispalais Kunsthalle Tirol (AU), Black Box Theater Oslo (NO), Momentum – Nordic Biennale for Contemporary Art Moss (NO), Øyafestivalen (NO) and Fjaler Theater Festival (NO). She has had solo exhibitions at Knipsu and Entrée in Bergen, but also at UKS, Podium and Tidens Krav in Oslo (NO).
-literature rezident –
Adrian Schiop made his debut in the magazine “Fractures” in 2002 and published four novels: “for good / for the opposite” (Polirom, 2004), “Zero degrees Kelvin” (Polirom, 2009), “Soldiers. The story of Ferentari ”(Polirom, 2013) and“ May we all be just as bad ”(Polirom, 2021). “Soldiers. The Story of Ferentari ”was adapted for the big screen directed by Ivana Mladenović, with Adrian Schiop and Vasile Pavel-Digudai in the lead roles, and the screenplay was signed by Adrian Schiop and Ivana Mladenović. The novel received the Cultural Observatory Magazine Award and the “Best Book of the Year” Award given at the Romanian Book Industry Gala, 2014 edition.