SCREEN: Where touch begins, we are by Nona Inescu

Artist: Nona Inescu

Title: Where touch begins, we are

With: Nona Inescu, Andrada Beșliu

Curated by: Federico Acal and Benny Van den Meulengracht-Vrancx

Screening: July 24 – August 19, 2018

Year: 2016

Duration: 7’35”

Text: Anne Carson (excerpt from Before Sexuality: The Construction of Erotic Experience in the Ancient Greek) / Sound: Chlorys / Camera: Veioza Arte, Radu Aldea / Editing: Nona Inescu

“Where touch begins, we are” is a visual representation of the tactile sense. A series of slow-motion sequences emphasizes the connection between action and reaction. The video work assembles a collection of gestures on touch sensitive surfaces, ranging from natural elements, such as the Mimosa pudica plant to touch-screens or memory foam. By building a language based on sensuality, the human body can expand infinitely through touch, and reality is inherently translated.”

“Nona Inescu’s work concentrates on the interpretation of the post-humanist relations of the human body to the surrounding space and to technology. In her video production Where touch begins, we are, of all the senses, touch is the most directly charged with intimacy. In this way, touch can transfigure and blur the edges of both the individual as well as the objects in an interaction. By building a language based on sensuality, the human body can expand infinitely through touch, and reality is inherently translated.” (Diana Marincu, 2017)

“Disappearance of Technology”, curated by Mircea Nicolae, ODD, Bucharest, RO, 2016
“Conversation with a stone”, SpazioA, Pistoia, IT, 2016
“Becoming an apricot…”, Survival Kit 9, curated by Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Inga Lace, Solvita Krese, Rita, LT, 2017
“Life a User’s Manual”, Art Encounters, curated by Diana Marincu and Ami Barak, Timisoara, RO, 2017
Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, RO, 2018

Nona Inescu (n. 1991) has studied at the Chelsea College of Art & Design in London (2009-2010), at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp (2010-2011) and completed her studies in 2016, at the National University of Arts in Bucharest (Photo-Video Department, 2016). Her art practice is interdisciplinary and encompasses photography, object, installation, video, sound, and works that incorporate poetic, historical references and challenge conventional ways of viewing and thinking, while opening up new possibilities for deciphering ‚The Symbolic’. Her artworks can be described as interweaving sensorial and conceptual qualities. Her most recent work focuses on the human interaction with natural and primitive materials. Selected exhibitions: Lithosomes, Exile, Berlin (2017, solo), Becoming an Apricot…, Survival Kit 9, Riga (2017), Grotto Capitale, Exile, Berlin (2017); Aerial Roots, Trapez, Budapest (2017); Monsone, Suprainfinit Gallery, Bucharest (2017); Conversation with a stone, SpazioA, Pistoia (2016, solo); Gestures of Tomorrow, Kunstverein Nürnberg – Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft, Nürnberg (2016); Her latent image, Kube Musette, Bucharest (2016, solo); Hands don’t make magic, Sabot, Cluj-Napoca (2015, solo).