Art Ioana Maria Sisea’s Sculptural Narratives Are A Satire Of Contemporaneity
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Ioana Maria Sisea’s Sculptural Narratives Are A Satire Of Contemporaneity

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Giorgia Massari
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Ioana Maria Sisea‘s sculptural micro-narratives draw inspiration from the history of communist Romania, interpreted by the artist in a contemporary key as a pretext for talking about a humanity at the mercy of perdition and materialism. We are talking about the sculptures part of the series The Adventures of Bear Lache and His Friends, presented by Sisea at the Rosenfeld Gallery in London last year. The small works, made of ceramic and enamel, depict bears interacting with half-naked women. The interactions are sensual, mischievous and ambiguous. The disturbing implication is most evident in the greed with which the bears look at the women. Everything is consolidated on Instagram, where the artist posts the sculptures accompanied by videos and photos that refer to contemporary events, particularly looking at Romanian society and politics, her home country. Thus satire and indignation emerge without too many masks, establishing themselves as blatant critiques of contemporaneity.

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The story of Lache bear, from zoo to politics

Ioana Maria Sisea was inspired by the story of Lache bear, a bear domesticated in a zoo in Oradea, later transferred to Brasov with the intention of being hunted by former Romanian ex dictator Ceausescu to challenge Tito’s record. In fact, it all started with an analysis by the artist who was researching Ceausescu’s hunting trips. The photos captured an expanse of dead bears, one in particular had a cigarette in its mouth. Hence the parallelism between the bear and man, which finds in death – particularly in the arrangement of the piled – up corpses-a similarity that leads back to the brutality of the human being himself. In Ioana’s narrative, the bear becomes a powerful symbol of different meanings, including chaos, political corruption, and abuse of power. Ioana creates artworks that highlight these themes, including references to controversial political figures in Romanian history. The second step then comes with the bears’ interaction with the female body.

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Does women’s empowerment still have to come through men?

Ioana Maria Sisea reflects on the exploitation of the female body taking place in Romania. «For women, the use of their sexuality to achieve economic emancipation is a dance with the devil, but many take advantage of it because the rewards would otherwise be unattainable,» the artist told Contemporary Lynx, and she continues, «Sex work is probably one of the few jobs where the promise of capitalism to achieve a better lifestyle than one’s parents still remains». This is where the interaction between bear and woman that Sisea implements in her sculptures comes from, highlighting how women’s emancipation still necessarily and sadly has to come from men. Her intention is to celebrate these women by entrusting the figure of the bear – which here embodies patriarchy – with an entirely negative matrix.

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Courtesy Ioana Maria Sisea

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