Join us for current SOLO exhibition artist Irina Botea in conversation with art historian Mirela Tanta about her exhibition on view, it is now a matter of learning hope.
Over the past ten years Irina Botea has been engaged in an art practice that uses multiple media to inspect socio-political dynamics and the possibility of transformation. Currently, her focus is on the de-centralization of cultural discourses and the possibility of sustaining creative differentiation that arguably exists outside of a dominant hegemonic system of values and critique.
Mirela Tanta is a PhD candidate in Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago writing her dissertation titled: State Propaganda/Sites of Resistance: Socialist Realism in Romania. She specializes in Modern and Contemporary Art and Criticism, with a focus on the nexus of power and ideology in twentieth-century Eastern European art. Originally from Romania, Tanta was first exposed to the United States as an Arts Link fellow in poetry through the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Her interest in memory, visual culture, and artistic agency under dictatorships informs her poetry as well as her research and teaching. The recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, Tanta has also presented her scholarly work at international conferences. Her teaching experience comprises undergraduate and graduate courses in twentieth-century art, theory and criticism, as well as contemporary art. Currently she resides in Chicago where she teaches and writes about archival material on Romanian state art before 1989 gathered during her one-year residency in Bucharest as a Mellon Fellow for Dissertation Research in Original Sources.