Atelier 35


East German Gothic Studies (grinding halt)

With Fabian Reetz
Curated by Cazul 101
Cazul 101, in collaboration with Atelier 35, is pleased to present East German Gothic Studies (grinding halt), Fabian Reetz's first solo exhibition at Cazul 101 and on the Romanian art scene. The exhibition takes the form of a large-scale installation that draws connections between the use of slate in the villages of the Thuringian Forest, the economic and political changes after German reunification, and the importance of organized subculture in different places. Reetz examines the nuances of East German Gothic culture in terms of the relationship between the personal and collective search for identity and the economic scarcity that led to their creation. Images that at first glance appear heteronormative and patriarchal are reinterpreted and questioned in this framework.

Tell us about Atelier 35.

The history of Atelier 35 dates back to 1970. The concept was materialized by the Artist’s Union, realizing a network of spaces dedicated to experimental art and young artists in the big cities of Romania. The number 35 was considered at the time to be the conventional limit of youth. Nowadays, Atelier 35 is still an unconventional space that supports contemporary art and young artists, but under this name we recognize only one space, located in the old center of Bucharest. The notoriety of 35 is defined by the historical value of the concept and by the artists who debuted in this place. The gallery’s activity is always diversified by the initiative and concept of the artists occupying the space, alternating between personal or group exhibitions, conferences and artist talks, managing to maintain the activity monthly.

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