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Traumatic Area – Stage 6

“Traumatic Area: Paleologu Box” is a key-title. If in PreTraumatic Area I regarded through a magnifying glass the mimicry / the lament of the trauma, or, better say, individual’s delight in claiming himself both as a being condemned to suffering and as a pseudo-hero par rapport to his own and others’ self, in Traumatic Area I made the little man face the real and terrible trauma, in order to objectify himself as much as possible and even “thrill” – in case he was able to screen his inside / his soul at simili-surgical level. 

The six traumatic episodes – “Annunciation”, “Rising from the Tomb”, “Trinity – Last Judgement”, “Crucifixion”, “Last Supper” and “Inferno” – were added the seventh, “Paleologu Box”. Man passes alone through all these episodes. As the access in the gallery was filtered from the very entrance, the upholder had to go over the whole route. I started from the premise that I could “isolate” the gallery interior, changing it into a catacomb where one enters like into a sanctum or into a shelter. The shelter helps the upholder understand his traumatizing-factor condition and assume this contemporary role in relation with each individual, irrespective of the generation the latter belongs to. My paintings, drawings and objects are the vehicles I have encountered. The fact that, în 2010, Easter (4th of April) was included in the event corpus and that the exhibition closed on the Ascension Day (13th of May) was not an accident. During this time interval, people are more inclined to meditate upon really important things and less delude themselves, even if this fact is due to a pseudo-understanding of the faith.

The innovation called “Paleologu Box” – art-object & wine – was part of the display. It’s about a limited edition of 3862 bottles of wine. A part of it was encased in 33 hammer-boxes of 7 pieces each (6 magnum bottles and 1 double-magnum bottle), numbered, serialized and labelled with little men taken from the previous stages of the HUMAN Project. Beside the wine bottles, each unique box included an original certificate (digigraphie on the recto and drawing on the verso) and a prismatic object.

The other bottles of the collection were encased alone in wooden boxes. The wine was created by Liviu Grigorică at Oprişor Wine Pressing House.

The exhibition was displayed at Recycle Nest Gallery, Bucharest, Romania.


The HUMAN Project


Ciprian Paleologu