Matei Bejenaru (born 1963) is an artist and founder of Periferic Biennial in Iasi, Romania. Established in 1997 as a performance festival, Periferic transformed into an international artist-run contemporary art biennial defined as a platform for discussions on the historical, socio-political, and cultural contexts of the city. With a group of artists and philosophers from Iasi, Bejenaru founded the Vector Association in 2001, a contemporary art institution that supported the local emerging art scene to become locally and internationally visible. Together with a group of artists and professors he founded in 2015 the Center of Contemporary Photography in Iasi and organizes the Camera Plus Biennial for Contemporary Photography. As an artist, in his documentary photographs, video and public performances, he examines the politics of representation in documentary photography and film and methods of generation of hybrid art projects at the confluence between visual arts, poetry, experimental music and scientifc research. He is teaching photography and video at “George Enescu” Arts University in Iasi.
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Matei Bejenaru proposed for Mobile Biennale a guided tour in a cast iron factory in Iasi, Romania. The technology and working conditions of this factory are similar to those of the mid-twentieth century.