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Geta Bratescu, Medeic Callisthetic Moves II, 1980, yarn on fabric, 23 5/8 x 19 5/8".

Geta Bratescu

Galerie Mezzanin

Geta Bratescu, Medeic Callisthetic Moves II, 1980, yarn on fabric, 23 5/8 x 19 5/8".

Nine square black-and-white photographs mounted in rows of three opened this remarkable survey of the work of Romanian Conceptual artist Geta Bratescu. The emblematic Towards White, 1976—a set of photographs of the artist covering everything in her studio in white paper and fabric—situates the work of this legendary figure of the Bucharest art scene in terms of process and act, identity and space. In this work, Bratescu documents processes that take us from black to white, from motion to stasis. The images show transformations, both of the protagonist in the space—in the final image she has painted herself, her face become a white mask frozen in midrepresentation—and of a body that is dematerialized, vanishing within its own abstraction.

Bratescu’s experimental films—several of which were featured in the show as well—were often made with her colleague

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