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Vlad Nanca

Press release

Vlad Nanca – The City in the City

Vlad Nanca is the recipient of the KVOST stipend, that was announced for the first time in 2019. His solo exhibition The City and the City combines earlier works with pieces, that were realised during his six week stay in Berlin as artist in residence.

Three iconic landmarks of the former East-Berlin serve as referential anchor points of his explorations into the urban space: Weltzeituhr (World time clock), TV tower and Haus des Lehrers (House of teachers). Nanca, who was born in Bucharest in 1979, set out to retrieve some of his own childhood memories from the still existing socialist structures around Alexanderplatz.

His video work Dacia – 30 Years of Social History (2003) deals with the car model as the symbol of a now disenchanted faith in progress. On an old GDR postcard, he discovered a Dacia with a Romanian licence plate, parked in front of Haus des Lehrers. The monumental mural on the building’s facade was created by artist Walter Womacka between 1962 and 1964. Nanca relates to Womacka’ aesthetics in two ways: by recreating fragments of his natural stone mosaic and by incorporating two of Womacka’s original works into the exhibition. A further item on loan is a cityscape by Romanian artist Kamen Stoyanov, displaying visual similarities to old images of East-Berlin.