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The Re-imagined Histories of Iosif Kiraly

In partnership with 18th Street Arts Center
18th Street Arts Center is an artists' residency program that provokes public dialogue through contemporary art-making.

By Pilar Tompkins Rivas

Iosif Kiraly's work focuses on the relationship between perception, time and memory. Since 1990 Iosif has been involved in various art projects, independently and in the art group subREAL. Since 2000, he has collaborated with a team of architects in a photo-documentary project on the changes in daily life and urban environment in post-communist Romania. Kiraly was born in 1957 in Resita, Romania and lives in Bucharest, Romania. He has an MA in architecture from the Ion Mincu Institute for Architecture and Urbanism and a PhD in Visual Arts from the National University of Arts Bucharest. He is an Associate Professor at the National University of Arts Bucharest where he has taught since 1992 and co-founded in 1995 the Department of Photography and Time-based Media Art at the National University of Arts, Bucharest. Kiraly's residency at 18th Street Arts Center was made possible by the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Reconstruction - Gaina Mountain 1, 2010-2012 (detail)
Reconstruction - Gaina Mountain 1, 2010-2012 (detail)

Mediums: Photography, New Media

Claims to fame: Member of SubREAL: participant in Manifesta, and the Venice, Berlin, Sao Paulo and Istanbul Biennials; co-founder of the Department of Photography and Time-based Media Art at the National University of Arts, Bucharest.

Known for: Making work about pre-and post-communist Romania; appropriating cultural archives to re-interpret important moments in Romanian history; making amazing collage photographs that combine moments in a public space over long periods of time.

Reconstruction - Cluj Matei Corvin 2, 2010-2012
Reconstruction - Cluj Matei Corvin 2, 2010-2012

While in LA: Kiraly attended the New Media Caucus at College Art Association, visited the vast stereograph archive at UC Riverside's California Photography Museum, created a new body of photo collage work at 18th Street Arts Center using images of LA public spaces and other international cities.

Reconstruction - Cluj Matei Corvin 2, 2010-2012 (detail)
Reconstruction - Cluj Matei Corvin 2, 2010-2012 (detail)

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Top Image: Reconstruction - Gaina Mountain 1, 2010-2012 (detail)