The Poetics of Politics – The Bucharest School of Photography: Curated by Sam Steverlynck

10 June - 15 July 2023 

OPENING on Saturday, June 10, 2023.


Artists: Michele Bressan, Dani Ghercā and Nicu Ilfoveanu

Curator: Sam Steverlynck

Viewing room here


The Poetics of Politics - The Bucharest School of Photography, curated by the Belgian art critic/curator Sam Steverlynck, is a two-part exhibition that takes place at Harlan Levey Projects in Brussels, Belgium and Art Encounters in Timișoara, Romania within the framework of Timișoara 2023, European Capital of Culture.  

The exhibition unites the work of three Romanian photographers (Michele Bressan, b 1980; Dani Ghercā, b 1988; and Nicu Ilfoveanu, b 1975) who all graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bucharest, where two of them are currently teachers. Having grown up in the aftermath of the 1989 revolution, their practices are united by a certain cautiousness towards a narrative oriented use of images, and a meta-reflexive way of dealing with the medium of photography. Adhering to a conceptual approach rather than a documentary one, each reflects on a period of economic, social, and technological transition, experimenting with different presentation modes in hopes of overcoming the limitations of the still image and stretching its potentiality. Though their shared position is not politically outspoken, their gaze bears a political dimension which is reflected in visual languages that are at times experimental, aesthetic, and poetic.  


This project is co-financed by the Romanian Cultural Institute, through the CANTEMIR Program-funding program for cultural projects intended for the international environment and, by AFCN (the National Cultural Administration Fund).