|The Dead Are Silent /Mortii sunt tacuti|
|The Dead Are Silent, installation,
Salonul de proiecte, Bucuresti, 2016
|Revolutionize, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kiev, 2018|
|The rain of candles hanging from the ceiling, in the hallway – at the entrance to the exhibition –, but also in one of the corners of the exhibition space (traditionally reserved for orthodox icons, and previously desecrated by Malevich and his Black Square in 1915) is a piece entitled The Dead Are Silent. It is accompanied by a quotation from Theodor Lessing, which could also be interpreted as a key for the entire exhibition, unless the visitor would rather escape such reading keys, searching for the meaning (and finding it!) in the structure of each piece of the Mona Vatamanu and Florin Tudor's show. Roughly summing up Lessing's words, this is what this controversial victim of the recent history states: the human being is the one transforming causality into norm, setting aside any break in this order, miracle, chaos, coincidence, as abnormal. The candles hanging with the wick down refer to a field of meaning which belongs to magic and pagan practices, a space of "reversed candles".
The work is accompanied by a fragment from Theodor Lessing's text, History as Giving Meaning to the meaningless, 1919: