Recently, lect. Ioana Ciocan, PhD, lecturer in the Department of Ancient History, Archeology and Art History of the Faculty of History of the University of Bucharest, was appointed Commissioner of Romania for the participation in the 60th edition of the International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia (Venice Biennale).
The Venice International Art Biennale is an arts festival that takes place annually or biennially in Venice, not only in the edifice Palazzo del Cinema, but also in other representative places in the “lagoon city”. It is one of the most important and prestigious contemporary art events in the world.
More information on the Venice Biennale can be accessed here.
Ioana Ciocan is a professor, independent curator, general director of the Bucharest Art Pavilion – Art Safari, vice-president of the Union of Visual Artists from Romania, member of the scientific council of the Cotroceni National Museum and of the Foundation and Organization Committee of the Museum of the Horrors of Communism. During 2015-2016, Ioana Ciocan was part of the Curatorium team, which developed the Bucharest 2021 – European Capital of Culture project. At the same time, she is the initiator and coordinator of the first art program in the public area in post-communist Romania: Project 1990.
In 2019, she was a member of the jury of the National Competition for the selection of the project that represented Romania at the 58th edition of the International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Also, Ioana Ciocan was part of several juries at several competitions for curatorial projects: Logo Bucharest, competition launched by Bucharest City Hall (2017); Equestrian statue, the competition launched by the Art Encounters Foundation with the support of the Timișoara City Hall and the Timișoara Local Council, as part of the BETA Timișoara Biennale of Architecture (2016), the Union of Visual Artists from Romania – Curatorship Projects Competition (2015), Art on Display (2014), Expanded Space (2014), SPAM edition I Copy-Paste (2013).
She is also the author of several volumes, among which we mention: “Young Blood. The art of your time” (Vellant, 2019), “a+b” (2016), “Transformation. Romanian Sculpture 25 Years After the Revolution” (Vellant, 2015) and “Project 1990 – art program in public area, Bucharest 2010-2014” (Vellant, 2014).
In 2021, the President of Romania Klaus Iohannis awarded her the “Cultural Merit” Medal in the “Plastic Arts” Category.