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The Other's Skin

The Other's Skin investigates the social, religious and political constructs that affect the interpersonal relationship by normalizing the hierarchies and divisions with predilection for the Other. There are two possibilities for the existence of the Other, that look like the layers that form the skin and which are now split to address personal identity both in one's own society and that of the migrant position. The Other is thought through the skin that gathers and retains between its folds, unequal conglomerates of fat and memory of the power relations.

By internalizing the norms, the identity of the Other enters a process of definition and self-definition in which it is cut and researched, but once broken, it gives rise to new cuts, new angles that help them or prevent them from reacting. The skin detaches from the body, loses its subjectivity and accumulates traces of aggression.

Ana Petrovici-Popescu (n.1986, Bucharest) has studied painting and sculpture and is currently in the final year of her PhD at the National University of Arts in Bucharest. She started painting while being interested in the human body, self-portrait and abandoned spaces capable of creating a strange aura. Then she moved on to sculpture and video, addressing the recent history of Romania and the habits of society. In recent years, she has been concerned about the migrant status, regression as a defense mechanism, fear of the unknown and the identity crisis.

She is interested in the concept of the Other, in which the Other is the life partner or her own skin. The current concern is related to the skin as a meeting place with the Other, but also to the personal identity revealed by the appearance of the skin. She is also interested in intimacy, fetish, anxiety, cannibalism and how they cause changes at the skin level.

Sever Petrovici-Popescu (n.1986, Bucharest) studied for a Master's degree at the National University of Arts in Bucharest and is a PhD student at the same university, with the theme Photosculpture.

He is interested in how photography can become a three-dimensional object and what happens when a part of the photography leaves its own context behind and is integrated into a sculpture. He explores how photography can exist as a medium and how it can be transformed or reused into sculptural form. People use photography in order to prevent memories from fading away and sometimes as a way to replace them altogether. Traditionally, the collective memory is preserved through public sculpture, and the personal one is kept through photos. His works are photosculptures that connect private memory with public space. The topics that interest him are the way we archive our memories, collective memory and religion.

In his latest works he explores the unequal power relationship between the individual and the society but also between two individuals as parts of the same society.

This event is organised by Future Museum (Centrul Ceh București), with the support of Budweiser Budvar.