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“It was always in plain sight” is a new site-specific project which unfolds in space in the shape of a cinematic plot narrated through a multimedia installation of objects, paintings, drawings and collages, multi-layered frames instead of literally moving-images. The storyline features two characters acted by the artists themselves as an upper-middle-class couple stumbling upon a victim-less presumed murder scene on an eventful night.
“It was always in plain sight” (26 June - 24 September 2020) is Silvia Amancei & Bogdan Armanu (s.a.b.a.)’s first solo show at Ivan Gallery. The exhibition initially scheduled to open in April was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The two discover a stain of blood on their living room floor. A murder? Maybe, but there’s no body, there’s no criminal. Surely, it’s just a confusion.“ (s.a.b.a.) The signs of anonymous violence and aggression invade their domestic environment and while trying to ignore, cover up or clean them, the two end up being devoured as well by the nameless, invisi ...
Silvia Amancei & Bogdan Armanu, "It was always in plain sight", 2020, mixed media installation (65 drawings, light, sound piece)
Among s.a.b.a.'s recent solo shows are "It was always in plain sight" (2020, Ivan, Bucharest), "s.a.b.a. 1979–####" (2020, Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana), “If Then What After” (2019, Kunstverein Baden), “Return to Spaceship Earth” (2017, Salonul de proiecte, Bucharest), and the group exhibitions “Go, Stop, Stay” (2019, MODEM, Debrecen, HU), “STRIKE GENTLY AWAY___” (2019, The Real Office, Salzburg), “Displacement and Togetherness” (2019, Cultuurcentrum Strombeek, BE), “Baywatch” (2018, Kvost, Berlin), “Odessa Biennial” (2017, Odessa, Ukraine), Timisoara Art Encounters Biennial (2017 and 2015).