02. Artists

Andra Ursuta

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b. 1979 in Salonta (Romania); lives and works in New York (USA)

Andra Ursuta’s sculptures and installations are simultaneously ironic, poignant, melancholic and shot through with self-mockery. She creates works fuelled by her fears and her personal past in reaction to crisis situations mostly taken from the international news scene.

Andra Ursuta has shown at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), the Venice Biennale, CAPC (Bordeaux) and PS1 (New York).

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Works


La vie moderne

Commerce Exterieur Mondial Sentimental, 2012

The two works that Andra Ursuta is presenting at the Biennale both tackle questions of national identity, but in very different forms. The first is titled Commerce Exterieur Mondial Sentimental. Two life-sized, realist, marble sculptures meet the visitor’s gaze in an emptyeyed stare. These two female forms, decked in a few trinkets, were inspired by a news photograph showing a young Rom woman on the point of being deported from France.

Courtesy Speyer family Collection, New York

Venues : La Sucrière

Getting there

La vie moderne

Scarecrow, Création Biennale 2015

Scarecrow, looks like the goalpost of some unknown urban sport. Where we might expect there to be a net, there is a plump eagle with outstretched wings, moulded in concrete. It is Fritz, the German mascot for the last World Cup, a cuddly, blow-up version of its frightening ancestor. Behind it, three concrete panels seem to represent those of an abstract, interchangeable flag – and the sports post suddenly stands for a generic, invisible frontier.

Courtesy de l'artiste er Ramiken Crucible, New York

Venues : La Sucrière

Getting there



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Andra Ursuta 4 photos
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Andra Ursuta
Commerce Exterieur Mondial Sentimental - 2012
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Andra Ursuta
Commerce Exterieur Mondial Sentimental - 2012
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Andra Ursuta
Commerce Exterieur Mondial Sentimental - 2012
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Andra Ursuta
Scarecrow - Création Biennale 2015
La vie moderne | La Sucrière