Graduation Highlights 2021

Wed, July 21, 2021 to Sun, August 15, 2021

According to graduate Alina Madlen Bădeanu, whose project was coordinated by Assoc. Prof.
Bogdan Maximovici, PhD, “the bag is a symbol of freedom but also of sacrifice, of a forced journey,
so I chose to make a series of bags of different shapes and sizes. They can be large travel bags that
include the things needed to start a new life, or backpacks with essentials like the ones worn by
migrants crossing the sea. The luggage of migrants, especially those who leave unprepared and face
an uncomfortable journey are generally small and contain indispensable things, but at the same time
they are difficult from a sentimental point of view, as metaphorically speaking that migrant puts his
whole life in a bag.
The works are made of waxed pottery because I wanted to highlight the reddish colour of the burnt
clay, which personally reminds me of a brick house or a roof, things that migrants generally need.
The theme of migration is a subject close to my heart because it is a reality that I have known, and
this has marked my life and my choices. I was 9 years old when I left Romania and 21 when I
emigrated, and this exhibition, by its title, speaks not only of my departure for Italy, but also of my
departure from there, seen as a liberation from the feeling of ‘missing home’.”

According to Mihai Savin (coordinated by Assoc. Prof. Simion Cristea, PhD, Senior Lecturer Mihai
Vereștiuc, PhD), “just as for the public the aesthetic experience is coloured by their own cultural
baggage, in the same way, an author-artist is subjugated to his own memory, the only possibility to
create being a collage of ideas, symbols, definitions, etc. Thanks to this structuralist concept, I began
to understand my intentions. I found that in my work process, although to some extent involuntary
and dictated by circumstances, the study and realization of figurative representations have many
more dimensions than we initially considered and, perhaps more importantly, the considerable
spatial-temporal distance became visible between me and the subject. Understanding this, I
managed to observe for the first time some of the mediators (practical and abstract) that make my
work practice possible.”

Alexandra Macarie’s project ‘Zoomorphic Allegories’ (coordinated by Prof. Zamfira Bârzu, PhD)
“presents a pictorial discourse in which the main protagonists are animals in visual sequences that
aim to transmit ideas and concepts such as consumerism, pollution or deception, phenomena that
we find in contemporaneity.
The artist explores animals, their role and significance as a subject in art, focusing on animals with a
strong symbolism behind them, such as the polar bear, an emblem against consumerism, which
helped to understand that we live in a state of real emergency or the fox, known throughout
Western culture as a skilful deceiver. Thus, animals are symbols here, allegories that refer to our
lives, each animal having a symbolism that is also found in human behaviour and psychology. The
theme proposes a reflection on the existence and things that we should change in contemporary
society.”

The works of Luminița Lupuca (coordinated by Prof. Cristian Neagoe, PhD) talk about “the tragedy of
Australia and the fires that destroyed a quarter of the forests, destabilized the fauna through
thousands of species of animals and birds lost in smoke, as well as human habitats. There is a
cyclicality of disasters on this continent and even Australia’s identity as a space is closely linked to
fires, but in the current context, this work, which starts from the aestheticization of disaster, of
nature swallowed by flames, raises the alarm, reminding us not of the strength of the spirit, but of
the disintegration of the world, as we know it.
 

The works of Oana Bejinari (coordinated by Prof. Cristian Neagoe, PhD) “examine the experience of
loneliness in the postmodern era, aiming at decoding the concept of voluntary and conscious
isolation. In a society dominated by economic, technological progress, the false illusion is created
that we are always connected to what is happening around us. In reality, we are witnessing a
spiritual ‘disconnection’ in order to be available in the virtual world. In the form of a game of hide-
and-seek, the characters hide behind various objects, plants, to illustrate a situation from which we
want to get out, to escape.
The ‘hide-and-seek’ childhood game involves important processes such as the permanence of
objects, which continue to exist even when we cannot be seen or touched, as well as the trust in the
relationship of separation and reunion. I chose to illustrate the experience of loneliness through this
game, but not through the eyes of the child, but through the filter of the experiences of the mature
person. The need for refuge, for temporary loneliness best exemplifies the desire to hide sometimes.
In this regard, space plays an important role, being a landmark for both those who seek and those
who hide.”

According to Răzvan Ciprian Cozma (coordinated by Prof. Cristian Neagoe, PhD), “vocation has in it a
theandric power: the power of man to answer God’s call addressed to each of us through the gifts
that God gives every being. Our gifts and talents or, to use a more neutral term, our abilities are the
calling with which God calls each of us. Gifts are the talents (coins) that God asks us to multiply. The
people who have a vocation answer the divine call, the career man does not seem to be aware of
the divine call of his name and takes things a little easier, lukewarm. That is why there are so many
careers that bring money without bringing any growth for the person in question, for his family, for
his people.”

The works of Alina Sărăcuțu, (coordinated by Prof. Cristian Neagoe, PhD), “propose a short reflection
on the idea of beauty, as an interface between ourselves and society, between what we are and our
image through the filter of society. The moment we realize that our own physiognomy ‘does not
meet’ certain ‘criteria’, inner trauma occurs.
Through ‘Rejected’ I wanted to illustrate the painful experiences of those who carry a certain
physical stigma. Although the character is illustrated with his eyes closed, to protect himself from
the harsh reactions of those around him, his face reflects the stubbornness with which he faces
rejection and contempt every day. The second work, ‘Botched’, is diametrically opposite and refers
to the effect of social pressure on self-perception. This effect is the extreme measure: the facial
changes, but also the body changes, which are often in conflict with human nature, but also with the
psychological side of the individual. In search of the perfect image, confidence, self-esteem, some
people, especially women, sacrifice their bodies on the table of cosmetic surgery, regardless of costs
and risks.”