Art in General is deeply saddened by the passing of Ioana Nemes who died suddenly in New York, on April 23, at the age of 32, after suffering from a cardiac arrest. She was one of the most celebrated Romanian artists of her generation, and it is with profound sympathy we mourn the tragic passing of such a talented artist and friend. Our hearts and thoughts go out to her loved ones.
On Monday, May 9, in conjunction with the Romanian Cultural Institute, Art in General will hold a tribute in honor of the artist from 5:00-6:30pm.
Ioana Nemes (1979-2011) was one of the most acknowledged and exhibited Romanian artists of her generation. She studied photography with Iosif Kiraly at the University of Art Bucharest. She was also known as a former professional handball player, who turned artist at the age of 21 after a serious knee accident. Nemes’ drive was fueled by the necessity to visualize and communicate as clearly as possible the hidden mechanism behind linguistic, visual, and psychological systems.
Nemes participated in Istanbul Biennial, (2009), UTurn Copenhagen (2008), Prague Biennial (2007) and Bucharest Bienniale 2 (2006). Her works have been shown in Secession Vienna (2010), Smart Project Space Amsterdam (2009) and Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel (2006). She was a resident at Art in General NY (2011), IASPIS Stockholm (2010) and Kulturkontakt Vienna (2004). She received the Future of Europe Art Prize from Galerie Für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig (2007).
In addition to her work as a visual artist, Nemes’ diverse practice also included cross-disciplinary collaborative projects that allowed her to work cohesively across fashion, design, scenography and visual art; most notably her work with the fashion collective, Rozalb De Mura, and the interior design collaborative, Liste Noire.
Her exhibition, Times Colliding, builds on her well-known Monthly Evaluations project, in which she objectively recorded her daily thoughts and experiences, measuring each day against a specific set of parameters: physical, emotional, intellectual, financial, and chance.
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