A brief interview with Adina Popescu – on the occasion of her exhibition Solid States
Simon: Congrats to your first solo exhibition Solid States, Adina! I especially like that the displayed pieces have a very dark touch, even an evil quality about them. The sculpture ensemble, the film and the sound installation are truly beautiful, but dark and highly complex at the same time. You may have explained some things in your exhibition text, but I still have questions. Starting with the film Jeremiah: You worked with the German actor Clemens Schick. Why did you change the color of his piercing eyes from blue to green?
Adina: Hmm – I guess I wanted him to be a highly artificial character- nothing naturalistic. So I basically color corrected the entire film frame by frame. Jeremiah is wearing a silly blue bow tie, so I colored his eyes green, as I wanted to create a dissonance in the image.
S: Why did you choose to illuminate your sculptures Solid State I, II & III like you did, in this very gloomy theatrical way?
A: I did not really plan on making sculptures, but again, to create an artificial, somehow unlivable, fictional space, for Jeremiah to ‘live’ in. I do not feel that I lit the sculptures so much, as I tried to theatrically light a darkened space, in which an incident might or might not have taken place. An incident that escapes the eye and that is connected to the quality of the interior, a criminology so to speak.
The steel that has been displayed on the floor takes the shape of an architectural drawing of a room. I was interested in showing an abstraction, just the outline of an hypothetical interior that feels artificial and dead (steel, plastics) at the same time.
S: For the sound installation 2014 you worked with the Sportpalast-Rede of Joseph Goebbels. What is your fascination with his language?
A: I am interested in manipulation. Light, editing, sound and a certain use of language serve as a very basic structure to all forms of manipulation as can be found in advertising, cinema and propaganda. This basic language has not changed too much since the beginning of media. I realized that if I make an index of 8 keywords and replace them with the key words in Goebbels’ text, the outcome is a truly contemporary political speech.
S: But: Why is the sound installation called „2014“?
A: It’s the future ———-
S: Ah, OK. Thank you!
Interview: Simon Elson
Solid States at Galerie Plan B is up until October 20th.
Galeria Plan B | Potsdamer Strasse 77 - 87 | 10785 Berlin