Irina Botea Bucan

Out of the Bear, 2004 

3 min. 33 sec.

In this work Irina Botea Bucan inhabits one of Nicolae Ceaușescu’s 40 holiday getaways in Romania – Casa Arcus, a hunting residency that was not accessible to the public until 1989. Botea Bucan inhabited the house for three days, documenting her interaction with it. She inserted herself into the picture as a way to rehearse and understand what possibilities of resistance and opposition can arise in that situation. Through this act, she constitutes a way to inscribe herself into the history of the house, and in a metaphoric way, it allows for a kind of inhabiting of the physical or virtual places one did not have access to before 1989 in Ceaușescu’s Romania. 

Irina Botea Bucan (b. Ploiești, Romania) teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Bucharest University of Arts and is currently pursuing a PHD at Goldsmiths University of London. Solo and group shows include: 55th Venice Biennale, New Museum, New York, MUSAC, Pompidou Centre, Paris, National Gallery Jeu de Paume, Paris, Kunsthalle Winterthur, Reina Sofia National Museum, Madrid; Gwangju Biennale 2010; 51st Venice Biennale; Prague Biennale; Kunstforum, Vienna; Foksal Gallery, Warsaw.

This work is presented with the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute