25/03/2012 - 03/03/2013
Dan Perjovschi, born in 1961 in Sibiu, Romania, came to international fame with his drawings based on timely political, social and cultural topics. His works are ironic statements and critical comments on the absurdities of the “brave new world” of the 21st Century that he executes directly on the walls of institutions or in public spaces and also as interventions in newspapers.
Events from world news, aspects of the East-West and North-South divide in a globalized world, structures of racism, capitalism, post-communism and human rights are central to his observations. A careful observer of contemporary events, he draws his inspiration from an analysis of international and regional print and electronic media as well as from conversations with the local population during the development phase of his work. The structure of the mechanisms of power interests him as much as the hubris of nations and individuals, opportunism and issues of dependency in the context of social structures.
Perjovschi’s main weapon in the fight against the barbarism of our time is his pencil, portraying social injustices and human weaknesses in a poetic and philosophical way, with commentary as spontaneous as it is accurate. His work has been shown all over the world, at the MoMA in New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Tate Liverpool and the biennials in Istanbul, Venice, Lyon and Moscow.
Curator: Hans-Peter Wipplinger