Contemporary Art Installation: Gabriel Kelemen & Sergiy Rakevich

Two contemporary art installations were created inside the frame structure of the wooden church by two artists, one local and one international, thus adding a non-invasive contemporary layer over the traditional framework, as a metaphor for contemporary interventions on heritage objectives.

The first installation will be made by Gabriel Kelemen and represents a lecture, an interactive colloquium with projection, which follows and exemplifies the natural-archetypal-symbolic dimension of the grove, the tree and the wooden material seen as raw material, in relation to the traditional architecture of wooden churches. The patrimonial value of ecclesiastical architecture is exemplified, illustrated and discussed, with related interdisciplinary references to the enclosure of the wooden church body, seen as a sacramental resonator.

At the same time, the artist Sergiy Rakevich will create, through a performance, an installation that tells the story of the wooden church from Povergina, whose beams create the setting for the events proposed by the project: how it burned down, how it was abandoned and is now reborn, in within the framework of the restoration schools carried out by the Asociatia Biserici Inlemnite. This story is mirrored with the tragic situation that Ukraine, the artist's native country, is currently facing.

The project is part of the national cultural programme "Timișoara – European Capital of Culture in 2023" and is funded through the Grow Timișoara 2023 programme, implemented by the Center for Projects Timișoara, with funds allocated from the state budget, through the budget of the Ministry of Culture.

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Wooden Mirror II

Wooden Mirror II