Iulian Bisericaru

Anja Lückenkemper in dialogue with Iulian Bisericaru

 

 

 

Anja Lückenkemper: Did you always have a general interest in nature and ecology, and if so, what are the main areas of your interest – and does this interest inform your artistic practice?

Iulian Bisericaru: Yes, I have been concerned with this topic for more than 13 years. From the beginning of my master’s degree, I approached the theme of ecology in art, more precisely the relationship between the industrial areas of some cities in Romania and their surroundings. Afterwards, I used every opportunity to research more the relationship between the human construct and the natural environment. My PhD degree was also looking into this topic: industrial iconography in relation to environmentalist ideology in painting.

 

Anja Lückenkemper: What role do scientific research and science-based news play in your daily life and, if applicable, in your artistic thinking – either generally or for this project?

 

Iulian Bisericaru: Both scientific research and news related to ecology and science are a starting point for building statements and new artistic projects. My motivation as an artist is to be able to visually translate an ecological message that has a scientific basis.

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Anja Lückenkemper: How has the experience of a different landscape during your residency (or the installation period) shaped your awareness and interest?

Iulian Bisericaru: The landscape encountered in the residency was very different from what I was dealing with in my works until then. Arctic plants became a point of interest for my future works. These were contrasted with exotic plants from the Mediterranean area. I built this procedure during the residency and it aims to transmit an ecological message. I also studied this landscape through the sketches I drew on the spot.

Anja Lückenkemper: What are your very own unusual or alternative ways of relating to nature that might be informed by your artistic experiences and practice?

Iulian Bisericaru: In most cases, in my works, nature is found in relation to artificiality. This artificiality is represented by civil constructions, landscapes or industrial elements or purely abstract pictorial areas. Nature remains in the foreground and in the center of interest in my compositions as well as in the statement of a series of works.

 

Anja Lückenkemper: Our earth is in a continuous state of ecological crises: do you believe art can potentially play a role in “solving” our global issues, e.g. by expanding the dimensions of scientific research – or do you see the function/potential of art elsewhere?

Iulian Bisericaru: I think that the role of socially involved art that has a strong ecological message is to make the population aware of the imminent dangers related to this crisis. Art must present and raise these issues. In many cases, politicians and scientists as well as the media have failed to convey a credible and acceptable message to the population linked the ecological crisis. Art has the ability to deliver this message in a firm but also convincing way.

The project “Blue Sun – Conversation on art, science, and ecology” benefits from a 93960 Euro grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants.

The EEA and Norway Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe. There are two overall objectives: reduction of economic and social disparities in Europe, and to
strengthen bilateral relations between the donor countries and 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics. The three donor countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). The donors have provided €3.3 billion through consecutive grant schemes between 1994 and 2014. For the period 2014-2021, the EEA and Norway Grants amount to €2.8 billion. More details are available on: www.eeagrants.org and www.eeagrants.ro