Iași, Romania

Periferic 7/Focusing Iași: Biennial for Contemporary Art

Various Venues

Periphery and center are related terms subject to constant change. As common as this observation may be in the face of shifting political and cultural cartographies around the world, it is still relevant to the hierarchy of what captures our attention and what does not. The title “Periferic 7” plays on the geographical location of the exhibition area in northeast Romania, an area peripheral to Europe; the subtitle, “Focusing Iași,” reverses the line of vision. According to Matei Bejenaru, the director of “Periferic 7,” “the city of Iași will shortly become an outpost of the Eastern frontier of the larger European Union,” thus gaining geopolitical importance. Bejenaru is hoping that, for this very reason, Iași might become a regional cultural center.

Initially created in 1997 as a regional performance festival, Periferic was relaunched in 2001 as an international exhibition of contemporary

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