THE UPS AND DOWNS OF VLAD NANCA - the joyride
Sometimes Vlad Nanca ends up being a moody person. Otherwise he enjoys making long walks trough Bucharest and all the remaining green pastures of the city. He is perfectly at ease with the benches, the variegated children playgrounds and the smoke screens of Vienna.
No graffiti’s there, no street art as such.
The playground architecture has been more and more a subject of artistic and political intercourse. Duo van der mixt and also Mircea Cantor and Ciprian Muresan investigated this place that we should never see just as benign, colorful surroundings. It is also a place of unrepentant jingoism under which a dull, grey reality seems to lurk.
We always seem to enhance our slides and swings in different ways. This is why children go up the slide again after they’ve come down. This is how the simple direction snakes its way past the photographic obstacles to the repeated joyride of a natural high that could end up down below.