Kinema ikon’s Esoteric Underground, Romania 1970-1989
Observatory (543 Union St., Brooklyn)

With supplies salvaged from their day jobs as filmmakers during the Ceauşescu regime, kinema ikon produced sixty-two 16mm films between 1970 and 1989. Their work is a prime example of the avant-garde art resistance movements operating within the confines of the totalitarian state. Kinema ikon’s interdisciplinary approach to art and technology was a counterpoint to the single channel, linear modus operandi of the communist apparatus. Despite the significance of their art, it has rarely been shown or seen.

Ileana Selejan will talk about her personal experience of coming to know some of the members of kinema ikon and her introduction to their archive. While sharing their work, Ileana will discuss its subversive aesthetic foundations and how it has the power and potential to revise the memory of repression.

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