Alina Şerban


Birthdate: 1978

Living place: Bucharest, Romania

Theme: film

ECC Participation: panel member

photo: private archive

Alina Şerban is an art historian and curator. She studied art history and theory at the Bucharest National University of Arts. She went on to study at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, where she is currently working on her PhD dissertation devoted to the work of Romanian artists, from socialist realism up to the mid 1960s.

“The strong, unitary system  which presupposed the existence of a gallery no longer fully covers and justifies artistic expressions.”

Şerban is a freelance curator. Her work has included the presentation “Indirect Speech,”which she curated at the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel (2006), and the exhibitions “Geta Brătescu”and “Ana Lupaş,”curated by her at Galerie im Taxispalais in Innsbruck (2008). Şerban also produced the Romanian pavilion at the 2009 Venice Biennale, titled “The Seductiveness of the Interval.”She has also worked in Poland, where she was a member of the research team for “Gender Check! Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe”(Zachęta Gallery, 2010), the first large-scale exhibition devoted to gender roles in our corner of the Continent.

Along with fellow Romanian artists, Şerban founded the Centre for Visual Introspection in Bucharest in 2007, an independent association that promotes contemporary art. The CVI focuses on presenting and researching art in light of the social and political shifts that have taken place in Central and Eastern Europe. Şerban is a frequent speaker at international debates. She recently participated in a seminar titled “Who is the audience today?”at Centro Culture Montehermoso in Vitoria, Spain (2009).

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