Adina Mocanu (b. 1990, Videle, Romania) currently lives and works in Berlin. She holds a BFA and an MFA from The National University of Arts in Bucharest. Between 2015 and 2016, Adina was an art resident of the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici. In the first half of 2017, she was resident and art teacher at Collins Living-Learning Center, University of Indiana, USA. In 2019, she took part in a residency called A Villa of One’s Own curated by Isabelle Henrion, Anca Verona Mihulet and Iris Ordean. Adina works mainly with performance and video, but she often integrates installation, photography and drawing in her practice. In 2018, she started an empirical research on the occult and how the otherworldly elements can be integrated in an artistic discourse.
Breathing Eyes explores the feelings of entrapment - in one's own body, in one's own mind, in society, in family, in couple or friendship relationships - that each of us may experience at some point in our lives. The eyes are used as a performative tool in the installation, essentially the performer's entire body is reduced to the eyes, and she forms a specific language with them. Conceptually, we can also reflect on women's freedom and their confinement in different spaces, physical or ideological, where perhaps the only method of rebellion or communication is the subtle movement of the eyes. Exact location:Museum of Traditional Popular Civilization "ASTRA" from Sibiu