Alexandra Croitoru

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Composing Reality

Alexandra Croitoru is a photographer, born in Romania in 1975 and living and working in Bucharest. She graduated from the Graphic Department of Arts Academy-Bucharest in 1998. At present she is Assistant Professor in the Photo-Video Department of Bucharest University of Arts. Croitoru is drawn to imagery of women and fashion, subverting feminine typologies defined by clothing and style.
Alexandra Croitoru is a photographer based in Bucharest, Romania. She graduated from the Graphic Department of Arts Academy-Bucharest in 1998. She is currently Assistant Professor in the Photo-Video Department of the University of Arts in Bucharest.

Croitoru is drawn to imagery of women and fashion, subverting feminine typologies defined by clothing and style. Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries in Romania and she has also had work published in lifestyle magazines such as 2000+, Masculin, Elle, Focus and Exces.

Critic Adela Vaetisi writes in Artphoto, the Romanian contemporary art magazine, ´Alexandra Croitoru knows that, in the universe of simulacra, the artists shape their own identity by producing stories for the use of everyone, the events of their lives having the quality of scenes created and staged for mass consumption, while the seduction comes from the illusion of complicity they manage to offer the spectator.´ Summing up Croitoru´s approach, she says, ´what gives authenticity to all these projects by Alexandra Croitoru is the personal manner of combining the theme (the ego building itself by watching and by offering itself to the surrounding world) with the means of rendering it (with no technical sophistications, elaborate only on a compositional level) on the one hand, and the sense of humour with a spontaneous intelligence and the knowledge to play with the quotation, the cliché and the etiquette on the other hand.´

Alexandra Croitoru participates in the Biennial of Contemporary Visual Arts by Balkan Female Artists in Sofia in 2003. Recent exhibitions include ´Preview´ at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest and ´Casual Photography´ in the Design Forum Galleria, Helsinki in 2003 and ´Rendez-vous roumain´ at Espace en cours, Paris in 2002.

Alexandra Croitoru was shortlisted for the Visiting Arts/Spike Island International Fellowship 2001 on the nomination of Iosif Kiraly of Subreal.
Author: Judith Staines

Bio

Alexandra Croitoru is a photographer based in Bucharest, Romania. She was born in Romania in 1975. Her art education was in the Graphic Department of Arts Academy-Bucharest where she graduated in 1998. Since 1999 she has been Assistant Professor in the Photo-Video Department of the University of Arts in Bucharest.

Works

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)

Exhibition / Installation,
2003
2001 ´Untitled 1´, International Centre for Contemporary Art, Bucharest 1997 ´Untitled 0´ GAD Photogallery, Bucharest

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (Selected)

Exhibition / Installation,
2003
2003 Biennial of Contemporary Visual Arts by Balkan Female Artists, Sofia, Bulgaria 2003 ´Preview´, Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania 2003 ´Casual Photography´, Design Forum Galleria, Helsinki 2002 ´La physique se contente de l´instantaneite´, deInterese Gallery, Bucharest 2002 ´Rendez vous roumain´, Espace en cours, Paris 2002 ´here, now´, New Gallery, Bucharest 2001 ´Woman´s Room - Woman´s View´, Exhibition of East European female photography, Zagreb

Merits

WORKSHOPS (Selected)
1997 ´Ostzillograph´, Erfurt
1997 Didymoteichon
1994 Workshop on Architecture, Glasgow
1994 ´Installation-Performance-Video´, Rietveld Akademie, Amsterdam

Projects

This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.

Spike Island International Fellowship 2001

(01 April 01 - 31 August 01)

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All Days
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Romeo and Juliet