Marius Mircea Ritiu
In his practice, Marius Mircea Ritiu aims to reflect on the importance and/or triviality of heritage, borders and nationalism. He encourages viewers to think about notions of global responsibility, consciousness, and citizenship. Ritiu examines how technology and information sharing enable the increased mobility of ideas, goods and people, and the impact this has on shifting physical borders. Ideas around the universe, the “Big Bang Theory”, black holes, wormholes, time travels, relativity, and the forces of nature are recurring themes in his work.
Marius Mircea Ritiu graduated with a BA and MA in Classical Sculpture from the Art and Design University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania and obtained an MA from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, Belgium. He left Romania in 2010 together with his colleague and friend, Cristian Bors. Bors & Ritiu worked as an artist duo from 2010 until 2017. During these seven years, they explored ideas of traveling, movement, and migration, transforming their experience as Eastern European immigrants in a Western European country into a source of inspiration. Ritiu is currently represented by Slag Gallery, New York.
Events & Exhibitions
Residents from Belgium
Jonas Nobel is an artist and the co-founder of the artist/design/architect group Uglycute. Nobel works with sculpture and drawing based on historic texts and/or events. With texts as a starting point, he creates representations of historical events influenced by his ideas, personal associations, and reflections. Nobel’s body of work stems from an interest in material culture, both contemporary and historic.
Jonas Nobel graduated in 1998 from the Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå, Sweden. Uglycute works toward expanding the concept of design by integrating professionals from other fields in the various undertaken projects. Uglycute has been featured in numerous international shows including 50th Venice Biennial, 2003, and Emscherkunst, Germany, 2013. Nobel has exhibited and created public commissions mainly in Scandinavia. He is represented by Galleri Charlotte Lund, Stockholm.
Residents from Sweden
Gracia Khouw’s works explore language, both visual and auditory. She creates minimal geometrical arrangements in which our comprehension of letters and their symbolic meaning are disturbed. Khouw’s images float between purely geometrical designs and readable letters and symbols.
Gracia Khouw attended the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, and the Design Academy Eindhoven. Khouw has exhibited at art spaces internationally including at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and at the Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair, and her work is part of private collections around the world. She is represented by Galerie Hein Elferink.