Representing Romania at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, artist and filmmaker Adina Pintilie presents the project You Are Another Me—A Cathedral of the Body, which is composed of a multi-channel video installation and a virtual reality extension. The opening reception will take place on April 21, 2022, at the Romanian Pavilion, in Giardini della Biennale, starting at 5:15 pm, while the opening at the New Gallery of the Romanian Institute for Culture and Humanistic Research in Venice is scheduled for April 22, 2022, at 4 pm.
The main exhibition space in Giardini della Biennale hosts a nine-channel video installation that is encouraged to be experienced in its entirety. It revolves around Pinitlie’s community of collaborators, spanning across countries, generations, and backgrounds: performers Hermann Müller and Dirk Lange, disability rights activists Christian Bayerlein and Grit Uhlemann, performer and teacher Laura Benson, transgender activist and sex worker Hanna Hofmann, as well as the artist and filmmaker herself. In different setups, they explore intimacy together, relating to each other through conversation, caring, dance, or touching. Thus, You Are Another Me works with bodies being tender towards each other, bodies providing support to one another in their ongoing self-discoveries and self-actualisations, bodies making other bodies feel desired and desirable, bodies that embrace conflicts in their relationships as a means to understand the other as much as oneself at a deeper level.
The project finds an extension through a virtual reality installation in the New Gallery of the Romanian Institute for Culture and Humanistic Research in Venice. Encountering the protagonists in a simulated 3-D environment and exploring the increasingly blurred boundaries between virtuality and corporeality, the installation thus challenges traditional notions of physical presence as prerequisite for intimacy, accessibility, and agency.
You Are Another Me—A Cathedral of the Body was chosen to represent Romania at La Biennale di Venezia 2022 by a jury of visual art professionals via an open call organised by the Romanian Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Romanian Cultural Institute. The exhibition is open to the public over the course of La Biennale, April 23 – November 27, 2022.
A project produced by: Manekino Cultural Association
Organisers: Romanian Ministry of Culture, Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Romanian Cultural Institute
Co-producers: Manekino Film, Avanpost, Snaporazverein
In collaboration with: Augmented Space Agency, ARRI Lighting, Eidotech, H3 & Kaustik, Mimic Productions
Institutional partners: Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) Berlin, Goethe-Institut Bukarest, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Hamburg Ministry of Culture and Media, ERSTE Foundation
Academic partners: UNATC National University of Theatre and Film “I.L. Caragiale” in Bucharest, CESI-Centre of Excellence in Image Studies Bucharest, “George Enescu” National University of Arts Iași, University of Art and Design Cluj-Napoca, Università Iuav di Venezia
Private partners: Tudor Havriliuc & David Corbell, Andrei Dunca, UniCredit Bank, Groupama, Vinexpert, Grup Transilvae, Anca Poterașu Gallery, ARAC Romanian Contemporary Art Association, KGP Filmproduktion, Sky Tour, Christa Gebert
Catalogue and public programme partners: Spector Books, Dispozitiv Books, Cărturești, Motivation Romania Foundation, Mozaiq Association
Media and monitoring partners: TVR, Radio Guerrilla, Radio România Cultural, Europa Liberă România, Radio România Internațional, Deutsche Welle, Allgemeine Deutsche Zeitung, Revista Arta, Scena9, Kajet Journal, Observator Cultural, DoR | Decât o Revistă, Propagarta, HotNews, Libertatea, Elle, Avantaje, Unica.ro, The Institute, LiterNet, Modernism, mediaTRUST