Issue #25, 2006

Human Flag
Andrea Faciu

ANDREA FACIU is born in 1977 in Bucharest, lives and works in Munich and Berlin.

Studies: 1997–2004 Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich, Prof. Olaf Metzel Class.

Solo exhibitions: 2006 Read me reader, if I bring you joy, Katholische Akademie in Bayern, Munich. 2005 Galerie Christine Mayer, Munich; Structure One, Projektraum Marienhof, Rathausgalerie, Munich.

Selected group exhibitions: 2007 ars viva 2006/2007 – Narration, Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken; ars viva 2006/2007, House of the Arts of Kunstat, Brno (Czech Republic); Scholarship holders exhibition, Jürgen Ponto – Stiftung, Projektraum des Museum für Moderne Kunst im Alten Hauptzollamt, Frankfurt; Expedition Medora, Kunstarkaden, Munich, Lothringer Strasse/Ponybar; 2006 ars viva 2006/2007 – Narration, Galerie Neue Meister Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden in cooperation with Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden, Oktogon der Hochschule der Künste, Dresden; YBA – Young Bavarian Artists, Gagosian Gallery, Exhibition project of the Berlin Biennial; Periferic 7 Biennial/Social Processes, Iași; Ursula Blickle Videolounge, Video archive in cooperation with Kunsthalle Vienna; Videotheka, Universität für angewandte Kunst, Vienna, Jahresgaben, Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren; Invideo, Monza (Italy); Expedition Medora, auxiliary space of ZKMax, Munich; Eight Days – A temporary video art project in public space, Munich, participation (together with Peggy Meinfelder) in the end selection tender for the artistic embodiment of the subway station Moosacher Sankt-Martins Platz, Munich. 2005 Videotheka, Centro per l´Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato (Italy), Paperart 9 Biennale/Biennial, Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren, Jahresgaben, Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren; SayNoProduction, Galerie Klüser 2, Munich. 2004 Manifesta 5, Biennial for Contemporary Art, San-Sebastian (Spain); Love It Or Leave It, 5th Cetinje Biennial, Cetinje (Montenegro).

Yes, the human flag. It was clear to me from the very start what would happen to the photo I’ve found in the family album just the moment I saw it. And in the simple expressions introduced into the image, I accumulated and included what I read in the faces of the young men, everything that has to do with the here-and-now, with surmounting, with victory, pride, joy, a sense of belonging, friendship, courage, carefreeness from everyday’s troubles... And of course with a bit of foolishness or igno­rance of what tomorrow might bring. And even more of what a young human being in the wild would think, wish, and dream of, what it would be worth fighting for.

Where unpredictability would be the only constant... The beauty of this photo taken during an ugly time is astounding. But all these photos, regardless of their true story, their time of origin and their motives, their message and intention, have a sort of timelessness in common, something which could, however, lead to a reversal, a fright... And of course there is a nice little story connected to it, how the five friends leave the city (it’s Bucharest) and skip college classes travelling around through the mountains in the mid-1970s...

It is important that we are attracted by something. Or the opposite. An inner dialogue thus evolves which in a certain way comes upon its realization, leaves the undefined zone for finally expressing itself.