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About

Born 22 Dec. 1984, Ovidiu Gordan is an independent visual artist and photographer from Romania. He lives and works in the small town of Simleu Silvaniei, Romania.

Artist’s statement:

I feel that man is stuck in time, obsessed by form and so photography is my futile way of stopping time. The most mysterious thing is that there is a complexity about photography that seems to be reminiscent of life itself and people can project onto photography an endless amount of alternative realities. I see photography as one of the most important art mediums as it can show us the human condition in its most rawest form. What we as humans perceive to be visually interesting is for me endlessly fascinating. I like to say my main subject matter is what Brancusi called the essence of things, always inwardly looking for the unspectacular, private and ephemeral things that make up life. I feel the connection I have with the people and places I photograph must be sincere for my photographs to be effective and so I only take pictures of my immediate surroundings with people I know and love.

Studies:

2008-2011 Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Art and Design, Cluj–Napoca. Bachelor Degree in Photography – Video and Image Processing

Selected activity:

2009 solo exhibition „Remains” at The Museum of History and Art Zalau, Romania.

2009 color slide show „Nothing Special” at the Student House of Culture Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

2011 solo exhibition „Noi” at The Soimi Patriei Gallery Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

2011 alumni group exhibition University of Art and Design Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

2012 group exhibition „Common Endeavor” at Lateral Art Space, Paint Brush Factory, Cluj-Napoca.

2013 organized “Art talks Flacara” Cluj-Napoca, Romania - http://artflacara.blogspot.ro/

2015 group exhibition “#viennaintransylvania” at Atelier Patru Cluj-Napoca, Romania

2018 the independent publishing of his first photography book "Familiar Place"