Ioana Marinescu in residence 23 March – 9 April 2021
Site-specific experiments with light projections and performance
Guests Hanna Gillgren and Elena Andreea Teleaga
With a background in architecture and a practice of photography, Ioana Marinescu works with large images in public spaces, projections and live actions. Gestures of power and acts of displacement are re-enacted through archival imagery and testimonies.
Past Present is conceived as a series of performative actions to be tested as modalities of bringing the archive to life through movement and everyday objects. During her three-week residency at Beaconsfield Marinescu will collaborate with Hanna Gillgren, of H2Dance, to develop a series of movements connected to her research on the various spaces of memory. Other site-specific visual experiments will be conducted together with the lens-based artist Elena Andreea Teleaga.
The charged space of Beaconsfield Gallery, a former school cut in half by an expansion of the railway, resonates with Marinescu’s exploration of erasure and power structures.
Ioana Marinescu’s three week residency, Past Present, culminated in the filming of research and development outcomes and a discussion exploring Marinescu’s themes. With choreographer Hanna Gillgren, visual artist Elena Andreea Teleaga, Magda Stroe, Acting Director of the Romanian Cultural Institute and Beaconsfield’s co-Director Naomi Siderfin. A video film will be available in May 2021 courtesy of the Romanian Cultural Insitute.
Past Present research and development is commissioned by Beaconsfield and kindly supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute, London in conjunction with the DCMS Cultural Recovery Fund. A public outcome with audience in real life is planned for 2022. Past Present is the fifth in the series Beacon_Transitions: a lockdown experiment wherein a virtual portal is opened by Beaconsfield for artists to explore in conjunction with the physical site.