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Cristina Vasilescu

MA work

Turn The Tide

Turn The Tide is an offshore company operating from a boardroom temporarily based in the Dyson Gallery at the Royal College of Art. In this office environment, constructed from newly commissioned and existing works by international artists, members of the public are invited to take ownership of the company by participating in a series of public board meetings. Through a series of live discussions Turn The Tide aims to establish a fluid space to explore how new, more flexible models of citizenship can be reached through sharing the company’s ownership. 


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Curating Contemporary Art, 2017

  • I am drawn to the potential of the curatorial to explore new ways of thinking, working and mapping and am particularly concerned with developing collaborative models of practice between different fields of knowledge. My projects at the Royal College of Art demonstrate my commitment to collaborative working that emphasises on communal, critical and agonistic knowledge. These projects have also had at the core programming, which aims to blur the boundary between the audience and artists/practitioners by fostering non-hierarchical working structures and exchanges. One example is the collaborative Graduate Project Turn The Tide which brought together exhibition making and programming by questioning them and thus bringing to the fore the role of the audience, as such the project is at its full potential only if its ownership is collectively shared. 

    I am also interested in the overlaps between the curatorial as practice and the theoretical frameworks that could be applied to it. My recent research -A case study of three independent art spaces in Bucharest and how they approach the precariousness of of the contemporary art context- investigates the under-addressed perspective of contemporary art and the curatorial of the Romanian setting, one of the former Soviet bloc countries. It advances connections between the precarious funding conditions alongside the emergence of curating as short-term generative curatorial nodes amidst a not yet existing infrastructure. 

  • Degrees

  • BA Social and Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London, 2014
  • Exhibitions

  • VR Exhibition - Constructive Spaces, Student Forum at Institute of Contemporary Art, London, 2016; remapping bodies,, Bucharest, 2016