Unicorn Tales

Under the shelter of the persona– the lucrative unicorn mask of the Viennese accordionist – The Unicorn Tales are played, with original decorums, urban or natural, but never with masks, make-up or costumes. The tales are allegories in which the antiphrasis and the sometimes absurd humour interlace with realities delivered in a rough style, without thesism, without the desire to give a lesson or to offer a critical position and without any dose of melodrama.

Daniel Djamo's recent interest in migration and dislocation, in new histories which are interwoven into new spaces and have to undergo a process of re-mapping, pushes the artist through the need to redefine himself in regard to his subject: what is his role? How can he administer different layers of realities around him? The works in this exhibition represent auctorial repositionings.The scenery appears to travel, with insignificant differences, from a video work to another: the artist is interested in long frames, as if his story doesn't need anything else but the right background, where the histories can unfold. Once it is grounded in the background, the story can start.  It is written around the themes of localization, transmutation, around the big global migrations, and the mentalities of homo migratus who has to adapt to those of homo europeus. Departing from  his own stereotypes–familial, ethnic, national, which he can't escape, this "new man" has to assimilate, or not, new customs or local laws and to formulate new ones for himself.

Playful, provocative, the artist speaks through somebody else and through all the others;heis the storyteller, the Unicorn-spokesman, his mother's buffoon, Superromanianman or Little Hans, the little boy who nourishescannibal fantasies or the ironic revolutionary fighting with the social rules, the character in search of solutions for problems that are, in fact, insolvable. Once the persona is beheaded, Daniel Djamo appears: an artist who has been breaking taboos for a long time, with a courage doubled by ingenuity and empathy. Behind the mask fallen on a Viennese pavement, the artist rebuilds a new world.  

Daniel Djamo(b.1987, Bucharest) is a young Romanian artist and film director, interested in personal and group histories and stories and in themes such as the national identity. He combines film with video art and installation with photography in order to evoke the past and to underline “the now.”

Winner of the ESSL award, Henkel Art.Award. Young artist prize CEE, Startpoint Prize Romania and the Grand Prize of the National University of Fine Arts from Bucharest, and of some film festivals in Romania and abroad.

Daniel benefited from residencies in Paris, Kassel, Chemnitz, Bruxelles, Vienna, Kuala Lumpur, Liège and Köln.

He exhibited at the National Museum of Contemporary Art from Bucharest, Museum of Moscow, Kunsthaus Dresden, Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA) and the ESSL museum from Vienna.

Daniel had solo exhibitions in Glasgow, Kassel, Torino, Viena and Leipzig, while presenting his works in group exhibitions in the Czech Republic, USA,Germany, Poland, France, Italy, Canada, Austria, Belgium, Portugal, the Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, Algeria, The Phillipines, Greece, Iran, Ucraine, Wales, Estonia etc.

His video artworks have been screened in numerous video art and film festivals.

He is a PhD candidate at the National University of Fine Arts from Bucharest.

Special Thanks to: KulturKontakt Austria, Bundeskanzleramt Österreich, Institutul Cultural Român, Ville de Liège, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles & Corina Lucia Apostol

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