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Dan Acostioaei | November 2006

Vaasa by night


The works of Romanian artist Dan Acostioaei usually investigate the impact of consumerism and global ideologies on the transition and the social relations in Romania.

During his two-month residency in Vaasa, Acostioaei has undertaken a project in which he has systematically recorded, by means of photography and video, various elements of the city seeking to uncover its identity and, at the same time, challenge the mediums’ ability to reveal those signs in the built environment that shape peoples’ sense of belonging. The resulting body of work provides a spectacular viewpoint over a liminal place and offers a meditative portrait of a specific
location. These nocturnal images present a subtle vision of key aspects of Vaasa’s identity in a surprising way that mirrors an integrated formal, conceptual, and documentary significance.

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