Galeria Mobila (The Mobile Gallery) is an exhibition concept we’ve launched in 2017. It all started from a desire to be more flexible and abandon the traditional art show formula. Consequently, we partnered up with Urboteca (an ongoing project initiated by A.T.U.) and reconfigured their van into a mobile gallery (hence the name).
The Mobile Gallery presents itself as an alternative space designed to bring art closer to the public. At the same time, it acts as a portable artistic nucleus, infusing cultural value into whatever venue it happens to inhabit. It’s meant to provide a tool for artists, as well as a place for people to come together, opening up channels for talking and learning about art.
Portrete de Cartier
Portrete de cartier (Neighbourhood portraits) is a project designed to adjust the cultural imbalance of Bucharest and generate new audiences for artistic projects. At the same time, it intends to help people develop a collective identity and better cement their community.
For this project, we’ll activate “Galeria Mobila” and move it in two areas in Bucharest- Straulesti (between April and May 2019) and to Calea Calarasi (August-September 2019). Eight artists will engage in an arts-based research of the area, interacting with the locals and finding out stories about the areas. We’ll further engage with the people in a series of five workshops designed to help us learn more about their neighbourhood and community. At the end of each stage, we’ll organise an exhibition presenting the work of our artists as well as the pieces made during the workshops. The exhibition will first take place in the neighbourhood and then will be relocated to the city centre. This way, we’ll create a link and a dialogue between the centre and the edge, overcoming the distance and bringing people closer.
The project is funded by AFCN.
Noaptea Albă a Galeriilor 2018 “Pe Eminescu”
For our second NAG event, we decided to approach what happens in the Mobile Gallery in a site-specific manner. We decided to commission our artists to produce new works that will be related to the area where the M.G. was parked. This way, the MG became a locus where people could find artistic interpretations of their surroundings. From paintings, illustrations, experimental zines and installations, the exhibition presented in a variety of forms an alternative perspective of a patch of Bucharest.
Noaptea Albă a Galeriilor 2017 “Antistatic”
For NAG 2017 (The White Night of the Galleries) we organized our first group show with the Mobile Gallery. The gallery was stationed for two days in the courtyard of the Mathematics Institute in Bucharest and showcased a variety of works made by our artists. The whole event tested the public’s reaction to the concept of a pop-up gallery in a non-artistic context. Aside from that, The Mobile Gallery invited the people to come closer, to touch, to interact and have a more intimate contact with the work of art. It presented itself as a place where art comes closer to the people (outside any institutional framework) and where the people are invited to come closer to art.