In one of Sava’s artistic interventions the act of seeing is directed specifically to an archive comprising women portraits, photographed in Hamburg immediately after WWII, in 1945-1946. These items are recycled from an underground flux of images of the past. Another installation presents the viewer with an abstractized view of a modernity in ruins, supervised closely and mapped through an archive composed of aerial photographs taken in times of war – “de-classified” documents. What can be discerned through perception inevitably leads to the impasse of our positioning as spectators.
Ștefan Sava (n. 1982) lives and works in Bucharest. His projects combine photography, video, performance and object and are based on a long process of theoretical reflection and research. He is particularly interested in the subject of recent history and in the way in which the history can be visually reactivated through an analytical approach. His works aim to intimately connect the viewer with the dialectical relationship between past and present.
Works by Ștefan Sava in future exhibitions: February 2015 - Few Were Happy with their Condition, Kunsthalle Winterthur, Winterthur (CH), curator Olga Ștefan; May 2015 – Inventing the Truth, Venice Biennale, The New Gallery of Romanian Institute of Culture and Humanities Research in Venice (IT), curator Diana Marincu.
Photo: Original Aerial photo, nighttime US bombing of the city of Omata, Japan, World War Two