Artists: Cezar and Ovidiu Popa

Curator: Diana Dochia

19.10.2011 – 19.11.2011

Opening: 19.10.2011, ora 19:30

2012, the beginning or the end?!

“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”

Albert Einstein

Books were written, movies were made, lectures and exhibitions were held about the year 2012. Is the year 2012 a year of the Apocalypse or a year of a new beginning?…

Cezar and Ovidiu Popa decided to paint twelve canvases which mark the history of mankind within a predestined course of events. Are we governed by a dictated will? Are we truly free? Or everything was already preordained?

The satyr shows us the way, he predicts the future. Half man, half goat, he participates to all important events of mankind, disobeying the rigors of time and space.

The year 2012 is considered as being a year of spiritual changes at the level of understanding the system of the individual, especially regarding the individual relationship with the sacred notion and what represents the ultimate desire. This spiritual transformation has been analyzed by the psychologists Kenneth Pargament and Raymond Paloutzian. Kenneth Pargament says that “at its heart, spiritual transformation refers to a fundamental change in the place of the sacred or the character of the sacred in the life of the individual. Spiritual transformation can be understood in terms of new configurations of strivings”1. Raymond Paloutzian says that “spiritual transformation constitutes a change in the meaning system that a person holds as a basis for self-definition, the interpretation of life, and overarching purposes and ultimate concerns”2.

Cezar & Ovidiu Popa are building, by using symbols and metaphors, an extreme acid critique towards the worldwide government power system. The lust for power, the fight for freedom, the irreversibility, the implacable fate, the faith, the fight between good and evil are the world’s leading forces, a world dominated by falsehood and misunderstanding. As a whole, the “2012″ exhibition represents a fresco made from twelve episodes that may arise individually hundred of queries. Perhaps the only one who has an answer to the artist’s unrest is the archangel Sarakiel, identified with one of the seven angels of the earth.

Is Sarakiel the one who heals or the one who predicts the end?!

Curator: Diana Dochia

Kenneth I. Pargament, “The meaning of spiritual transformation” în Joan D. Koss-Chioino & Philip Hefner (Eds.), Spiritual transformation and healing: Anthropological, theological, neuroscientific, and clinical perspectives (pp. 10-39), Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 2006.
Raymond F. Paloutzian, “Religious conversion and spiritual transformation: A meaning-system analysis”, în Raymond F. Paloutzian & Crystal L. Park (Eds.), Handbook of the psychology of religion and spirituality (pp. 331-347), New York: Guilford, 2005

Press release – 2012 – Cezar & Ovidiu Popa