OCCUPY #3 - NETWORKS
Jurnal de Virus | Virus Diary

A project initiated by Dan Perjovschi and coordinated by Alina Andrei—with the assistance of

George Roșu and Ana Kun—for the White Cuib Gallery, Romania.

 

The Virus Diary is a traveling exhibition project that grew out of the early pandemic-related uncertainty. In the beginning of the pandemic, Romanian artist Dan Perjovschi was scheduled to open a solo exhibition at the White Cuib Gallery in Cluj-Napoca. The initial event was postponed and planned to be adapted to the closed gallery’s windows and then moved to the gallery’s social media. There, Perjovschi soon transformed it into an opportunity to hear a diversity of voices on the consequences of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

 

The project’s generic title was purposely chosen to include more perspectives on how other people related to the quarantine and how the latter impacted the world, along with the artists’ reflections on the ways in which a new visual language was adjusting reality. In spite of the free movement restrictions and of their negative impact on the art scene, the Virus Diary became an immaterial shared space for free thinking, expression, and togetherness.

 

The Virus Diary was an experimental exhibition displayed online through several posts a day during the peak of the pandemic’s first wave. In the early stages, Perjovschi and the gallery team gradually invited more artists to get involved in the project—which thus became a collective effort. Over 25 Romanian and international artists were involved as permanent contributors and complemented by numerous guest artists. For nine weeks in a row, from morning to night, the White Cuib’s online presence provided its audience with a wide range of interpretations, while offering the artists whose activity was affected by the pandemic a chance to refocus from uncertainty and anxiety to a form of visual dialogue.

 

The Virus Diary has been exhibited at the Romanian Design Week (Bucharest), the independent artist-run space ABM Confecciones (Madrid), the Black-and-White Biennial (Satu Mare), and the Borderline Art Space (Iași).

Permanent contributors:

Dan Perjovschi (RO), Ana Kun (RO), George Roşu (RO), Aldo Giannotti (AU), Olivier Hölzl (AU),

Gloria Luca (SP), Tudor Pătraşcu (RO), David Böhm & Jiří Franta (CZ), Cosmin Haiaş (RO),

Răzvan Cornici (RO), Cathy Burghi (UY), Benedek Levente (RO), Oana Lohan (FR),

Cristian Răduţă (RO), Minitremu (RO), Bartha Sándor (HU), Restu Ratnaningtyas (IN),

Marishka Soekarna (IN), Magdalena Pelmuş (RO), Luciana Tamas (GE), Zara Alexandrova (GE),

Zoran Georgiev (GE), Roberto Uribe Castro (GE), Alina Andrei (RO).

Special Guest (artists, curators, writers, photographers, etc.):

Dora García, Daniel García Andújar, Nedko Solakov, Miklos Onucsan, Hans D. Christ, Banu Cenetoglu, Lea Rasovszky, Beagles & Ramsay, Suzana Dan, Alex Bodea, Şerban Savu, Cristi Pogăcean,

Tincuţa Marin, Takehito Koganezawa, Michele Bressan, Răzvan Botiş, Cătălina Nistor,

Susanna Inglada, Alexandra Mocan, Dan Burzo, Silvia Amancei & Bogdan Armanu, Simion Cernica, Hortenisa Mi Kafchin, Simona Nastac, Raimar Stange, Eduard Constantin, Mihai Iepure-Gorski,

Isa Balog, Tuan Nini, Bartha Jozsef, Florin Arhire, Quentin Jouret, Tomáš Vaněk, Frank Bz,

Ştefan Radu Cretu, Elena Vladareanu, Eirini Linardaki & Vincent Parisot, Dana Catona,

Alina Marinescu, Cosmin Bumbuţ, Raphael Larre, Attila Kispál, Andrei Flocea (Minitremu),

Alexandru Faur (Minitremu), Patrick Roussel, Andra Cati (Minitremu), Matei Rădulescu (Minitremu), Ovidiu Hrin, Tudor Mureşan (Minitremu), Alicia Crasiuc (Minitremu), Caterina Preda, Kispál Ágnes, Gergely Hory, Farid Fairuz, Diana Grigorescu (Minitremu), Sabina Aldea (Minitremu), Cătălina Neculai, Casandra Vidrighin, Daniela Palimariu, Remus Ţiplea, Mischa Kuball, Gluklya Pershina,

Szabolcs Kisspál, Andreea Mare (Minitremu), Naomi Bildea, Manuel Pelmuş, Rie Kawakami,

Camelia Popescu, Andra Beligan (Minitremu), Larisa Cont (Minitremu), Daria Borsa (Minitremu), Natalia Marc (Minitremu), Mona Nicoară, Bogdan Georgescu, Bianca Mocan, Cristi Gaspar, Ciprian Ciuclea, Tudor Toader, Karolina Kubik, Cristina Gagiu, Cristian Alexa, Luchezar Boyadijev,

Abel Rad & Laurenţiu Zbîrcea, Oana Tănase, Alexandru Solomon, Dăruieşte Viaţă, Vlad Brăteanu, Mihai Platică, Megan Dominescu, Niţă Mocanu, Alex Mihăileanu, Trevor Yeung, Iulia Toma,

Lavinia Creţu, Mihail Coşuleţu, Levente Kozma, Adreea Medar, Andreea Harabagiu, Emilian Mocanu, Ramona Chirica, Ioana Vreme Moser, Silviu Preda, Jaro Varga, Brent Birnbaum, Oberliht Association, Cristian Rusu, Dimitar Solakov, Simona Vilău, Bogdan Gârbovan, Andrei Pungovschi, Ion Barbu,

Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Lucian Barbu, Krassimir Terziev, Joana Preda, Yuko Okumura, Delia Popa, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Milan Mikulastík, 3 137 Athens, Alexandru Munteanu, Ute Krafft,

Isola Milano, Oliver Ressler, Squeak Carnwath, Eugen Palagub, Iuliana Vilsan, Saddo Raul, Fani Zguro, Eliodor Moldovan, Tadija Janicic, Lucian Indrei, Iza Tarasewicz, Radu Carnariu, Andrei Dosa,

Latifa Echakkh, Sorina Vaselina, Ada Stan, Oana Cosug, Andrei Pacea, Vlad Moraru, Diana Filimon, Dana & Eva Koťátková, Jadranka Kosorcic, Ivan Moudov, Cezar Lăzărescu.

 

The White Cuib Gallery is an independent art space in Cluj-Napoca that was opened in 2016.

Ever since it started its activity, the gallery organizes contemporary art exhibitions with artists at various stages in their careers and is aiming to propose and support projects as anchored in reality as possible.

 

The posters exhibited at Virus Diary / OCCUPY #3—NETWORKS were provided through the courtesy of the Satu Mare Art Museum, Romania.