The Golden Age for Children, illustrates the period of Ceausescu’s regime in Romania known as The Golden Age. It is an interactive book done in a pop-up manner, featuring artistâ€™s biography intertwined with highlights from the grand narrative of the country’s past, thus creating a story which covers 20 years of Romanian contemporary history. The story begins in 1968, the year Stefan Constantinescu was born, and ends with the Revolution in 1989.
The Golden Age for Children is published by the Romanian Cultural Institute in Stockholm, Pionier Press and Labyrint Press, the artist’s book publishing house of Botkyrka Konsthall.
All texts are in English, Romanian and Swedish. 11.2 x 9.8 x 2, edition of 15. $1500
Artist’s Proof. $800
Stefan Constantinescu (born 1968, Bucharest) is a visual artist and a film director. In 2008 he conceived “The Golden Age for Children”, a pop-up book about the last 20 years of the communist regime in Romania. In 2009, he represents Romania at The Venice Biennale, presenting the films “Passagen” and “Troleibuzul 92″. In 2009 he co-directs “My Beautiful Dacia” with Julio Sotto, a portrayal Romania`s transition from Communism to Capitalism through the story of the Dacia automobile, an emblem of Communist Romania. The film premieres at the MontrĂ©al World Film Festival. In 2007, Stefan he has a solo exhibition at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest.
Selected group exhibitions include: The social critique 1993-2005, Kalmar Konstmuseum Sweden, 2009; Dada East? Romanian Context of Dadaizm, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, 2008; indirect speech, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany, 2006. He is currently working on a series of fiction films “7 Nuances of Gray” and a second pop-up book “After the Iron Curtain”. Upcoming: 2010 Handlung. On Producing Possibilities, Bucharest Biennale 4, Bucharest, Romania, The Seductiveness of the Interval, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, USA.
Stefan Constatinescu lives and works in Stockholm and Bucharest.