Cristian Nae is an associate professor at George Enescu National University of the Arts in Iasi, Romania, where he teaches critical theory, curatorial and exhibition studies, art-historical methodologies, and contemporary art history. His research focuses on exhibition studies and contemporary art history in Central and Eastern Europe after the 1960s, especially on the histories and legacies of conceptual art and the politics of memory.
MONUMENT OF NATIONAL REDEMPTION
(conceptual work proposed for Mobile Biennale)
Given the above mentioned theoretical statement, my proposal for the organizers of the Mobile Biennale is to facilitate the displacement, dismemberment and shattering in small pieces, transportation and relocation of the resulting remains of the monumental statue of Alexander Ioan Cuza from its actual location, the Union Square in Iasi, to Mars with the next NASA spatial shuttle program.
Such a displacement would enhance its visibility for all Romanians in the world, irrespective of the country they are currently living and working in. Although it would remain invisible for the naked eye in most ordinary conditions, the displaced monument would be mentally perceived and perpetually present for all Romanians, becoming an object of national pride and strengthening their unity regardless of ethnicity, language or religion.
Its physical lack in the public space in Iasi would become the material proof of the unseen monument sent in cosmos. Thus, Romania would also become the first country on the earth to have its own monument on Mars, becoming one of the earliest space colonizing nations.