“Situated Knowledge – feminist affinity groups in the digital environment” is a collaborative project between CUTRA and Spam-Index, bringing together five affinity groups sharing a common epistemological position, and a digital art curatorial vision.
Marta Mattioli, born in 1998 in Sansepolcro, Italy, is a visual artist with double origins, rooted in Romanian and Italian culture. Her practice is based on the diversity of available mediums and by the coexistence of digital and physical reality. The artist, represented by Strata Gallery is also a young Kinema Ikon member, currently living and working in Bucharest, Romania.
“Being inspired by the natural world, she uses organic motifs resembling something we still recognise, but everything goes through a mutation process, and you know we’re heading to a place from which things are never going to be the same again.” – Medina Pop
Hortensia Mi Kafchin (b. 1986, Galați, RO) lives and works in Berlin. In 2010 she graduated from the University of Art and Design in Cluj, where she specialised in pottery, glass and metal. Throughout numerous installations in museums and galleries worldwide, Kafchin immerses the viewer into her world through a broad range of artistic mediums from drawing, painting and sculpture to installations, using various materials such as ceramics, glass, metal and found objects. Her broad body of work was highlighted in solo exhibitions in Cluj, Bucharest, Stockholm, London, Los Angeles, Paris, Budapest and New York. Kafchin has also taken part in many prestigious group exhibitions within events and institutions, such as the Prague Biennale, La Triennale, the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Espace Niemeyer.
Datejuice is a Romanian digital artist who is passionate about 3D illustration and softgirl memes🌞
Nicoleta Mureș (b.1996) lives and works in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. By using photography and 3D human bodies, Nicoleta creates digital collages, animations and instagram filters inspired by the internet, technology and their effects on humanity.
Her artworks predict a dystopian future, where people have to deal with unreal emotions, isolation, degradation, leading an existence of numb, unconscious beings having a hard time adapting to the ever-changing environment.
Thea Lazăr lives and works in Cluj-Napoca and is a member of the Aici Acolo collective.
In her practice, she’s looking for the space where the past and the future meet and the place where science and pseudoscience blur the lines to create new narratives by combining mythological stories with outer space imagery and untold tales about local flora.
Tristan is a visual artist whose practice is based upon the relationship between online identity and the effects it has on the mental imagery of oneself. His work is concerned with the intersection between online space and real life focusing on the impact of internet culture on identity.
Anastasia Manole is the avatar created for her online art by Bucharest-based Gabriela Mateescu, a feminist artist who works with performance, video-performance, installation, and drawing.
Her practice uses stock images, searchable images or videos, relying on basic editing skills in her artwork, which remains deliberately fragmented and unfinished. She is also the co-founder of spam-index.com.
Vlad-Laurențiu Moț is a non-binary surrealist digital artist that explores the queer inner world and creates images based on topics such as mental health, feminism or philosophy.
The term “situated knowledge” was introduced by Donna Haraway, a feminist researcher in the history of science. It refers to the deconstruction of epistemological objectivity and the importance and responsibility of observers and theorists to take into account the historical and socio-political positions informing their analysis, as well as their embodied experiences.
In each of the five groups, selected and coordinated by one invited researcher, the members are connected by an affinity of shared embodied lived experiences, serving as the basis of their theoretical reflections. Their work resulted in five sections of four texts each, aligned with the specific theme of their respective group.
The five affinity groups, corresponding to the themes of this project are: Maternity; Queerness (LGBTQAI); Migration (diaspora and immigration); Precarity and anti-exploitation; Minority: between language and ethnicity.
Starting from these premises, the project aims for the self-representation of vulnerable social and political categories that have often been ignored – both historically and culturally.
CUTRA is a queer feminist magazine. It is both a printed magazine, issued yearly, and a permanent online platform: www.cutra.ro. The first printed issue was released in December 2018, and the launch of the fourth issue is planned for October 2022.
CUTRA is the result of our collective care and effort. It is a platform where intersectional feminist voices find space for self-expression, where yet unwritten thoughts, expectations and new perspectives are brought to light.
Our Bucharest-based editorial team stands for antifascist, anticapitalist and antiracist values, as well as for the empowerment of those who are most negatively affected by the current socio-political climate. Through our work, we attempt to bring forward sensitivity, intimacy, solidarity, and sexual liberation as radical political acts in a world that seeks to dismiss them or paint them as weaknesses.
*[All the texts posted on CUTRA are written in Romanian]