Sabina Elena Dragomir. Solo Exhibition. Lightning Body, Quiet Noise
Friday, on the 8th of April, from 6 p.m. at IAGA Contemporary
Art, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, opens to the public the exhibition: Lightning Body, Quiet Noise
The exhibition, curated by Walter
Bonomi and Dan Breaz, is an important event for the international critics and
collectors, confirming the will of IAGA to be a lively cultural platform whose
main objective is to develop and promote dialogue between the Italian and
Eastern European contemporary art, looking at a possible future where cultural
exchange and international dialogue to represent the foundation upon which to
build a long-term art projects.
Sabina Elena Dragomirgraduated the
Painting department at The Art and Design University in Cluj-Napoca in the year
2014. She distinguished herself in some international group exhibitions like Art Night Venice (Venezia, Accademia di
Belle Arti, 2013), Water, Transparences,
Four Shapes of the Invisible (Rome, Aula Chiesa, 2015), Cluj Calling Project 1-3 (Cluj-Napoca,
Crema, Alessandria) or Identities
(Bucharest, Elite Art Gallery, 2016). She is the winner of two scholarships
offered by the Princess Margaret of Romania Foundation in 2015 and 2016, within
the Young Talents programme. Sabina Dragomir’s first
personal exhibition, Lightning Body,
Quiet Noise, which opens at IAGA, Cluj-Napoca, synthesizes the most recent
phase of the artist’s creation in the period of 2015-2016. It is known that
Sabina Dragomir systematically documents herself inclusively through photos of
her own body.
favourite subject of investigation is the feminine body and the necessity of
its transfiguration represents the most important challenge to which the
artistic expression of her work responds. An entire succession of full or
fragmented images is ongoing in the face of the viewer as well as plastic
subjects or motifs.
All these representations reveal
lightning bodies that are visible thanks to a snapshot that exposes the body
fragment, correspondent to a time fragment. The images stay in front of us
because they have the authority of an evidence, a proof that a moment of a
feminine intimate life passed leaving a trace behind. The “film” of this
succession of representations never explains the story that stood behind their
bringing to canvas, is a “film” from which some shots are missing.
These images dissimulate the
various quiet noises of the moving feminine body that, at its turn put in
motion the props of the intimate space. All these are fixed in front of our
eyes through other quiet noises of the photo camera and then codified in the
painting language, through the light quantity that the artist’s
What remains after the pictorial
sublimation is a feminine pulsatile identity, whose fundamental principle of
manifestation is the metamorphic dynamics.
vanishing in the light or dissolving in the night, the body images tell us,
with exhilaration, an unrepeatable story. Another identical image will never be
seen. The motifs of hands, legs or torsos expose the idea of an anguishing
sublime, that emphasizes
not what it is, but what could
become the feminine body if it could remodel itself accordingly to the soul
that lives inside of it.
Body, Quiet Noise is one of the most daring artistic embodiment of the idea of
transformation. In the context of the hyperrealist painting’s revival in the
Romania of the 2000’s, the approach of the artist Sabina Elena Dragomir unveils
a dramatic poetry through becoming and self-affirmation of the fragment-bodies.