Irina Botea-autoportrait

Irina Botea (RO)

Irina Botea is an artist and filmmaker living in Chicago and Bucharest. Her works combine cinema verite and direct cinema with reenactment strategies, auditions and rehearsals.

“In her videos, Botea very often refers to modes of re-enactment and role-play; but her main target is not to create a fiction that is taken for reality. Her interest lies in the reality of the performance and the authentic individuality of the performers.” (Oliver Kielmayer)

Irina Botea (b. Ploiesti, Romania) BSc in Geology and Geophysics in1995 from Bucharest University, a BFA and MFA from Bucharest University of Arts in 2001 and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. Solo and group shows include: New Museum, New York, MUSAC (Museum of Contemporary Art of Castilia and  Leon), National Gallery Jeu de Paume, Paris; Kunsthalle Winterthur, Reina Sofia National Museum, Madrid; Gwangju Biennale 2010, U -Turn Quadriennial, Copenhagen; 51st Venice Biennale; Prague Bienale; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; Casa Encendida, Madrid; Salzburger Kunstverein, HMKV Halle, Dortmund; Casino de Luxembourg; Kunstforum, Vienna; Foksal Gallery, Warsaw, Argos Center for Art and Media, Brussels;  MNAC (National Museum of Contemporary Art), Bucharest; Museum of Contemporary Art, Szczecin, Poland, Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowki Castle, Warsaw. Festivals: Artefact Festival, Leuven, Rotterdam Film Festival, Impakt Panorama, Utrecht; Polis Adriatic Europe Festival; Awards: Impakt Film Festival Silver Award, International Residence at Recollets, Cite des Arts, Paris, Constantin Brancusi Fellowship, AAUW International fellowship, PEO, International Peace Fellowship, UAP Award (Romanian Union of Artists Award); UNESCO-ASCHBERG Bursaries for Artists. Bibliography: Flash Art; Kunstforum; Arhitext; Trends in Romania After 1989, etc. She resides in Chicago and Bucharest.

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