Oana Clitan
Rotterdam, NL

Oana Clitan is an artist and designer exploring how language and contemporary communication are influenced by technology and media.

In her multidisciplinary practice she likes to remix and recontextualize existing materials - contemporary visuals found on the internet or old archive materials. Her works range from digitally printed textiles to animated GIF collages and multi-screen installations.

Through building various narratives and dystopian scenarios, in her latest projects she addresses themes such as propaganda and rhetorics about technology, the post-truth society and the expression of online identity. One persistent point of interest is the transition between communicating with text to communicating with images in online conversations and the use of animated GIFs as rhetorical devices.

Born in Romania, she is currently based in Rotterdam, NL.

Solo exhibitions

2019

"...All else is poor translation" (White Cuib, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

2017

Goodbye Expectations (Visual Kontakt gallery, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
Kitsch Speech (Stroop Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL)

Group exhibitions
(selected)

2022

T(HUIS) - Rotterdam Architecture Month (Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, NL)

Visions of 010 melting (Pixels of Lost Time and Space) @ Motel Mozaïque festival (Theater Rotterdam, NL)

Was uns betrifft // Wat ons betreft (Gallery Ursula Walter & Gallery Raskolnikow, Dresden, DE)

2021

Was uns betrifft // Wat ons betreft (Het Archief, Rotterdam, NL)

Deep Truth (Rijksmuseum Twenthe / GOGBOT, Enschede, NL)

Test_Lab: Summer Sessions 2021 / Kunstavond XL (V2, Rotterdam, NL)

Mind Over Matter (Technische Sammlungen, Dresden, DE)

2020

The New Curent (Spaanse Kubus, Rotterdam, NL)

2019

Open Archief (Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, NL)
Open Archief - Dutch Design Week (Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL)
LEX4.1 (duo with Nicole Sciarone, Galerie Lecq, Rotterdam, NL)
Apa Kabar? What's New? (MAMA, Rotterdam, NL)

2018

Hubbub le Scope Palermo (Borderline Palermo, Palermo, Italy)
Permeable Boundaries (Plexus Projects, Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Elektro Arts Festival (Gallery Casa Matei, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
Testival / Time Weekend (Time Window, Rotterdam, NL)

2017

Hubbub le Scope (Wolfart Project Space, Rotterdam, NL)
Anthropomorphism of Media (Dynamo Artist Association, Vancouver BC, CA)
WALLPAPER project (Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam, NL)

2016

Zine Club reading room / VABF Fundraiser (Remington Gallery, Vancouver, Canada)

2015

Paranormal activity - disambiguation (Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada)
Gif Arts Festival Los Angeles (Coaxial, Los Angeles, USA)

2014

Wereld van het Witte de With Kwartier Festival (Witte de Withstraat, Rotterdam, NL)

Studies

MA

AKV|St.Joost in Breda, the Netherlands (Master in Graphic Design)

BA

University of Art and Design from Cluj-Napoca, Romania (BA Graphic Arts)
Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Rennes, France (Visual Communication, Erasmus grant)

Artist residencies

2021

Summer Sessions at V2_ Lab for Unstable Media, Rotterdam, NL

2020

C. Rockefeller Center for the Contemporary Arts, Dresden, Germany

2018

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, USA

2017

Visual Kontakt gallery (HAUS residency), Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Collections

Rijksoverheid (The Government of The Netherlands)

Artist talks, lectures

2021

Netwerk Digitaal Erfgoed - Makers Programma: uit de praktijk van makers

2019

Thursday Night Live - Open Archief (Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, NL)
Media Summer Night / Dutch Media Week (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum, NL)

2018

GIFS - Media Summer Night (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum, NL)
Artist talk at Garage Cafe #6 (Garage Rotterdam, NL)

2017

Digital Exquisite Corpse (Dynamo Arts Association, Vancouver, Canada)
Goodbye Expectations (Conversas Rotterdam, NL)

2015

lecture at AKV St Joost (Breda, The Netherlands)

Grants and
supported projects

2021

Stimuleringsfonds Experiment Grant ('Pixels of lost time and space')
Gemeente Rotterdam (scenario grant for 'Electrons')
Makersloket, Stichting Droom & Daad (project grant for 'Electrons')
CBK O&O - Research & Development (project grant for 'All The Feels')

2020

Stimuleringsfonds Design Grant (project grant for 'All The Feels')
Amarte Fonds (project grant for 'All The Feels')
CBK PPR grant (project grant for 'All The Feels')
grant for residency from Goethe-Institut Niederlande and CBK Rotterdam

2019

Open Archief - project at Het Nieuwe Instituut and Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (supported by Mondriaan Fonds)

2017, 2018

IBB travel grants from CBK Rotterdam

2017

Romanian Cultural Institute New York: support for projects abroad

Professional positions

2013-now

independent designer, artist, illustrator

2018-2019

initiator of Pulse by Oana Clitan

2016-2017

Co-organizer at Conversas Rotterdam

2014

one of the initiators and member of the Wecup collective.