Healing Games
30.10 — 19.11.2020

Healing Games is the solo exhibition of artist Christian Jankowski, whose practice touches on dialogue at both a personal and a collective level, through a newly commissioned work, Family Constellation, and through previous works that echo concerns from related fields.

For Family Constellation, Jankowski asked Romanian psychotherapist Alexandru Bătinaș to lead three online therapy sessions in the gallery space throughout the artistic working process. The artist invited his younger brother Jochen Jankowski to Bucharest for two weeks, both taking part in the sessions to discuss their relationship, family dynamics and the role of art as a possible healing game. Creating a new image of their “Ursprungsfamilie” (family of origin, a German term used in psychotherapy to describe genetic predispositions and alikeness amongst members of a family), Jochen works on and orchestrates the shaping process of four wooden sculptures in the exhibition space, representing each member of the family: the mother, the father and the two brothers. The entire sculpting development is informed by the discussions with the therapist and by the brothers’ old and new perceptions of their family. The siblings’ collaboration in chainsaw carving resurfaces movements of consciousness, giving access to memories that are subtly unearthed throughout the sculptures’ making. Fixed on four-wheel platforms, they allow the artist to move the heavy characters according to the ever-changing family dynamics. 

Unlike most of the artist’s previous works, where the investigation matters derive from the local context and are directed outwards, this project points to his kinship in uncontrollable, affective ways. Family Constellation accesses the unfamiliar through the familiar, exploring family relationships as a method of voyage and hybrid encounter.
Helen Anna Flanagan
Adrian Ganea and Mihaela Vasiliu
Ira Merzlichin
Moad Musbahi and Sheryn Akiki

30.10 — 01.11.2020, Saltmine / Suprainfinit
03.11.2020 — 17.01.2021, online,

Public speaking is regarded as an elusive domain, an abstract component of more tangible worlds, a vehicle leading both the speaker and the listener to the landscape of fact or fiction. The voice, the speech and the sound license experience, reflecting and influencing personal and social structure.
Six artists and their collaborators look into the mechanisms of speech, diving inwards through moving image practice. Ancient rhetorical training and the ecology of the non-human, insistent spirits of radio frequencies speaking about the past through lost dialects or speculative scenarios starting from contemporary social and psychological conditions. The four commissioned Video Station works approach public speaking phenomena and discursivity through a wide array of subjects, whispers, voices and gestures, as short fiction films, video art and docu-hybrid essays.
Video Station acts as the channel for moving image practice part of Quote—Unquote. The artists and their proposals were selected from an international open call supporting the production of new works. After the exhibition, the works will be available for free online viewing on

Healing Games and Video Station are part of Quote—Unquote, a long-term interdisciplinary and collaborative research platform which explores the mechanisms, uses and effects of (public) speech and language in contemporary society, through artistic practice and its intersections with other fields of activity.

Quote—Unquote is conceived and articulated by Infinite Conversation Association / curatorial unit
(Dan Angelescu, Irina Radu, Cristina Vasilescu). Visual identity by Gabriel Barbu

Artist Project: Christian Jankowski is a cultural project co-funded by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund
In collaboration with Goethe-Institut Bucharest
Quote—Unquote: Video Station is a cultural project co-funded by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund
Partner: SUPRAINFINIT Gallery
Media partners: IQads, ISCOADA

The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project, nor for the manner in which the results of the project might be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the grant.
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