Kunstverein Ost is pleased to announce Romanian artist VLAD NANCA as the recipient of the KVOST Stipend 2019. Vlad Nanca was chosen from a total of 87 applications.
The stipend includes an artist-in-residence program as well as a solo exhibition in KVOST’s premises during this year’s art week.
The jury consisted of the artist Alicja Kwade, whose extensive installations are shown this year on the roof gardens of the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the artist collective Slavs and Tatars, who are currently curating the Biennale in Ljubljana as well the curating team Nathalie Hoyos and Rainald Schumacher and the founding directors of KVOST, Julia Rust, director of the me Collectors Room Berlin and the curator Stephan Koal.
Vlad Nanca was born in Bucharest in 1979 where he still lives and works today. In his work, he often uses political or cultural symbols that evoke nostalgia, to create awareness for Romania’s recent history and raise questions concerning today’s social and political climate.
In recent years, he has been particularly interested in modernist architecture as a heritage of the eastern bloc in the second half of the 2th Century. He is planning to further investigate this subject during his KVOST stipend in Berlin. Nance is one of the key figures of Romania’s young art scene, that is leaving behind the boundaries of individualized art production and instead focuses on a communal approach to the artistic process.