Ioana Nemeș: “All the Future Ahead”

Exhibition in Vienna





Kevin Space presents the first solo exhibition by Romanian conceptual artist Ioana Nemeș (1979–2011) in Austria, organized by the artist collective KILOBASE BUCHAREST, in collaboration with, Kevin Space and the Romanian Cultural Institute Vienna.

Opening: 29 May 2024, 6–9 pm

The exhibition unfolds around Monthly Evaluations (2005–2010), a major body of work consisting of a diagrammatic system of (self-)observations. Driven by the desire “to record, dissect, understand and describe intangible things such as life or time”, Nemeș developed a methodology of day-to-day assessments based on a distinct set of parameters (physical, emotional, intellectual, financial, and luck), coupling these daily charts with numerical systems, colour codes, and poetic text fragments. These evaluations have generated an archive of lived experience, a framework within which Nemeș has been able to operate, extracting particular days and giving them form as paintings, objects, or sculptures; pairing them as elliptically linked compositions and possible narratives; assessing the intersections between personal and historical psychological rhythms; and transforming abstract notions of time into palpable and affective forms.

Ioana Nemeș – Monthly Evaluations, 18.10.2004, digital simulation, part of Monthly Evaluations proto series (2003-2004), Ioana Nemeș Archive. Courtesy Kilobase Bucharest

Preceding the in-depth investigation of time in Monthly Evaluations, a significant period of research and exploration informed the artist’s methodology whose starting point can be traced back to the months Nemeș spent as artist-in-residence in Vienna in fall 2003. Besides a selection of days from “Monthly Evaluations” as well as works from series such as “Untitled,” “The Wall,” or “Self/interviews,” the exhibition therefore also includes several of suchproto-evaluations in order to highlight both the complex process of shaping her artistic practice as well as traces of her encounters with the city of Vienna. 

Curated by Kilobase Bucharest, Fanny Hauser and Viktor Neumann. Realized in cooperation with and with the generous support of the Romanian Cultural Institute (Wien) and add, Bucharest.

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Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.