Sunday, December 1, 2013

Cinty Ionescu

This months cover by Aleksandar Ares.
Original photo & layout by K.K.W

Spotlight on Romania: Cinty Ionescu. By K.K.W

Despite the uncertainty and hardships since the revolution in 1989, one of the great things that would emerge, is an amazing counter-cultural art scene.  
Cinty Ionescu. Photo courtesy of the artist.
From Bucharest, with a background in Political science and sociology, she started working as a producer, then as a video-maker while VJ-ing by night working with DJ's, and live bands [most notably Brum Conspiracy].

Moving through the underground scene - rave parties, Jazz, Experimental and Nu-Jazz concerts - she would acquire an intense creative focus towards the art-scene. Since 2009 she's conceived quite a few projects - "Eclectique Telescope" being one of them, a text-video installation in the form of a live multimedia poem performance [2009] & "Nijinsky: The Other Face of the Genius / Nijinski: cealaltă față a geniului"a theatre dance & multimedia performance directed by Mălina Andrei and produced by the Romanian National Opera in Bucharest [November 2011].  

"Faceti loc! / Make Room!",  "4th AGE / Varsta4", "Heated Heads / Capete Înfierbântate", "The Hazardous Man / Omul Hazardului",  "Playful Târgoviște / Târgoviște de Jucărie", as a video artist Cinty created and worked on numerous, creatively engaging projects since 2009. Other productions she's been involved with have been performed at The Odeon Theatre [The Correct Price / Prețul Corect,  Paths of Destruction on Mars / Urme de distrugere pe Marte]
Ad poster for "Nils fucked up day".
Image courtesy of the artist.
Her work for the play "Nils fucked up day" [2011], by Peca Stefan, which was shown at the "Fringe" festival in New York City, she was awarded the excellence award for outstanding video design. 
Ad poster for "Romanyeah!".
Image courtesy of the artist. 
Her personal video project "Romanyeah!" focuses on her country, the people, their vibe, explores mixed realities and feelings. It utilizes a broad selection of imagery from her childhood, culture, landmarks, everyday scenes of poverty, social paradoxes and economic prosperity. 3 projectors lined the walls at La Sala [@ Cantina Royal], when it was screened in New York [part of the "Underground Zero" festival]. It was like a trans-dimensional, hypnotic journey, with original music created by Brooklyn-based Dj, producer and mix engineer Brennan Green.    
Cinty Ionescu.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

Edited by K.K.W. 

Her work "Obscured (by the) Intersection", for the project "In The Shadow Of The Young Ones" [Feb 2013 @ Spectrum NYC], was a dark, immersive trip looking at the urban landscape of Bucharest. 

"The Fall", one of the latest
projects she's been involved in [Nov 2013, NYC], was a multimedia performance piece devised by a group of international artists - under the guidance of Simon Hanukai. It was an amazing endeavor and the 2nd time she's been apart of a project in New York.      

Ad poster for "The Fall".
Image courtesy of the artist.
Ionescu is arguably one of the best visual artists to emerge from the post-revolution era in Romania. There's a wide range of creative intensity, style, social commentary and visual allure to her work that's never dull & immensely engaging. 

If you would like to know more, go to:,, or: "Art is the reason, art is the way". If you would like to leave a response, click "comment", choose anonymous & write what you want.   

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