Matei Bejenaru

born in Suceava | lives in Iasi, Romania

Matei Bejenaru (born 1963) is a visual artist working on photography and film, who lives and works in Iași, Romania where he teaches photography and video at the “George Enescu” University of Arts. He was the director of the Periferic Biennial for Contemporary Arts (1997–2008) and is, since 2015, the artistic director of the Center for Contemporary Photography in Iași.

In the last years, through photography, video and performance, his projects analyze how the technological knowledge, economic production, mentalities and lifestyles have changed in the post-communist countries during the last three decades. The migration of Romanian workers in the West was the subject of projects such as Travelling Guide and Maersk Dubai, presented in international exhibitions organized at Tate Modern London — Level 2 Gallery (2007) or the Taipei Biennial in 2008. His project Songs for a Better Future, a series of experimental choral performances started in 2010, was presented at the Drawing Room and Tate Modern in London, Western Front in Vancouver and Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen Innsbruck and The National Museum for Contemporary Arts in Bucharest. Since 2011, he is developing the Prut and Between two Worlds long therm photographic projects who document the rural life and the status of scientific knowledge and research in post-communist Romania.

Matei Bejenaru was a visiting professor at University of Quebec in Montreal (2011–2012). Between 2012–2013, he was an associate artist at Kettle’s Yard Art Center in Cambridge, UK.

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