Stefan Rusu


The Lost Expedition


(work in process)

Stefan Rusu (born in 1964, Câietu, Moldova) lives and works in Bishkek/Kyrgyzstan. Stefan’s artist and curatorial agenda is closely connected to the processes post-socialist societies underwent and to the changes that occurred in these societies after 1989. In 2004 he completed an MA in cultural management from Belgrade Art University, following the years 2005-06 he attended the Curatorial Training Program at Stichting De Appel in Amsterdam, where he co-curated “Mercury in Retrograde”.

In the course of 2017 he co-organised – “URBAN ENCOUNTERS: Between Migration and Mobility”, devised in collaboration with John Davis – media artists from San Francisco. The project consisted in hands-on workshop - in-depth exploration of the use of archival material (16mm, 35mm film) and public program (presentations and film screenings) and was organized by Arts Council Mongolia in partnership with Mongolian State Archive and MNB (Mongolian National Broadcast TV). It was designed to explore the phenomenon of migration (in-migration) and mobility from rural to urban areas, as well the tensions between the nomadic and settled communities, resulted in extensive urbanization of the city of Ulaanbaatar. He curated film programs, exhibitions and projects exploring video and experimental film as mediums: Mold-golia/Video Art from Republic of Moldova in the frame of Czechpoint - Exhibition of Political Art at NOD Gallery from Prague/Czech Republic and Museum of Art Žilina/Slovakia, New Old Routes – Video Art from Central Asia, Arsenal Gallery, Poland and at BizArt Center, Shanghai/China, Changing Climate Exhibition at Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna and VIDEO FORECAST/A selection of Video from Central Asia at AUB Galleries, Beirut/Lebanon.

His recent participations includes: VIDEO VORTEX XI:Video in Flux festival, Kochi-Muzeris, Kerala, India and "PLAY/PAUSE, FF/REWIND-Shared Practices & Archaeologies of Media" Workshop & Symposium at İ.D. Bilkent University from Ankara.