Ioana Popovici – Discard, decay, rust

West Wall gallery, Skaftfell Bistro, Oct 26 – Nov 14, 2019.

Opening times: daily from 15:00 to 22:00, or until the Bistro closes.

Ioana Popovici is a choreographer, performer, and object-theatre maker from Romania, where she studied at the Academy of Theatre and Film in Bucharest. Since 2000 she has lived and worked abroad. Her works have been presented in festivals and galleries in Europe, USA, Mexico, South Korea, Israel and Brasil, and as a dancer she collaborated with several international choreographers. In 2008 she received the Sazka Award “Discovery in Dance” for the performance “Portrait” in Prague.

Ioana has been artist in residence at Skaftfell throughout October 2019. She is showing the results of her most recent work in Seyðisfjörður in this short exhibition in the West Wall gallery.

“Wandering around Seyðisfjörður, I discovered a distinct world hidden in a local junkyard. A world of discarded items that were once indispensable, a sort of retirement home for cars, boats, and strange objects. A spot of decay and rust, resembling our own trajectory as transient beings, leaving behind the legacy of refuse. My aim in this project is not a documentary one, but rather an attempt to interfere, interrupt and resuscitate, by finding ways to fuse the desolate landscape with a touch of humour, play and absurdity, inserting into it other abandoned victims – toys and food.”

Photo: Ioana Popovici, 2019.