The reality of a post-soviet generation

In the midst of some circumstances, two summers ago, I found myself interested in the subject of the national identity. The development of this series of works came as a social comment about the today’s remnants of the former Soviet domination, whose reminiscences still exist in a poverty-stricken society, constantly in disarray, where people no longer find their place and are forced to leave.

I started by exploring the social landscape of my city, Chisinau, the interests of young people, the lives of the people of my generation, the similarities with other post-soviet societies. Some cityscapes are so familiar that anyone from the post-soviet space can relate to.

Although today the borders of Moldova are open widely to the West and there may be the possibility and the means for a national, social and cultural reinvention, I think that the Moldovan society still suffers from an identity crisis, amidst an atmosphere of chaos and decay, of instability caused by far too deep trauma. My work talks about those small activities and urban landscapes that keep us in the same place, although we have access to so many other visions.

Ana Costov : the world through the prism of art

Ana Costov was born in 1994 in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. She received a  Bachelor`s degree in Graphic Arts from the University of Art and Design in Cluj Napoca, Romania in 2018. During her graduate studies, she completed two semesters abroad with the Erasmus+ scholarship, one at Universidad de Castilla-la Mancha (Facultad de Bellas Artes) Cuenca, Spain (2016) and one at Universidad del Pais Vasco (Faculty of Fine Arts) Bilbao, Spain (2017). These experiences had a big influence on the course of her artistic development, which can be seen in the abstract series specifically.

Her work is an exploration of simple, daily life, relationships between humans and nature; it also reflects the search for true connection and ways of looking and feeling. She pulls her ideas mainly from her own experiences and surroundings. In the course of her artistic journey we can define three series of works: “Elements”(an abstract representation of nature and creation) “Human nature” (images based on emotions and fundamental life experiences) and the most recent one,“Identity” (a visual documentation and exploration of the post-soviet life/context of Moldova. 

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