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.
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Residents from Belgium
Maria Zervos’s most recent work revolves around an interdisciplinary approach to the moving image and text, documenting migrations, contemporary peripatetics and the recent refugee crisis. Zervos works across video, installation, performance and drawing in an ongoing negotiation between topos and utopia. She remaps cities, mountains, peripheries and centers, in a search for a personal synthesis of routes. Distinct for its allusions to crossroads and nomadism, Zervos’s work investigates the conflation of politics and poetics, often aspiring to social criticism.
Maria Zervos is a visual artist and poet from Athens currently living and working between the Netherlands and the United States. In 2012, she was the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to pursue art-related research at Harvard University’s Department of Film and Visual Studies. Zervos taught courses at Harvard University in 2014, and has been a faculty member at Emerson College, Boston since 2015. She has presented her work in solo and group exhibition worldwide including the Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam, Kunstvlaai, Amsterdam; The Breeder, Athens; Onassis Cultural Centre, New York City; and the Hellenic American Union, Athens, Greece among others. Her art is part of several collections including the D.Daskalopoulos Collection and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens.
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Residents from The Netherlands
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.