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e:   bogdan12(at)hotmail.com   /  tel:  + 1 (403) 922*7785 (mobile)

b.   1983 Ploiești, Romania  /  lives and works in Treaty 7 region, currently known as Calgary, Canada 



Completed academic degrees 


18        Alberta University of the Arts, AUArts, Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Thinking with You: Studio as a Tactile

                                          Queer Reading Practice (thesis project with co-supervision from Dr. Alexandra Emberley + Dr. Mark Clintberg)

09       Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary, Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)



Selected exhibitions + projects

(S = Solo exhibitions  C = Collaborative  G = Group Exhibitions  Cu = Curatorial Projects)



21            I can feel safe in place and queer under the vast sky, with Richard Boulet for M:ST [10], Calgary  (C, Cu) 

                Solutions to the Problem of Staying Alive, invited by sophia bartholomew, Unit/Pitt, Vancouver, Canada   

20          — a rose held gently in a manicured hand, kaffeeklatsch & M:ST, Calgary (S, permanent neon signage)

                the opposite of a look is a kiss, the Backlot, public intervention with Ashley Bedet, Calgary (C, Cu)

                Kaffeeklatsch Scheinpräparat, with Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed & Jessica Mccarrel, kaffeeklatsch, Calgary (C) 

19/21     The Blue Light, M:ST[10], CommunityWise Resource Centre, Calgary, including Ashley Bedet, Latifa  Pelletier-Ahmed,

                            Richard Boulet, Shyra deSouza, Jeremy Pavka and others (C, Cu)

                Softopenning, group exhibition organized by Sean MacAlister for U’s Project Space, Calgary (G) 

18           Windowlicker, organized by Ana Iwataki & Marion Vasseur Rally for Balice Hertling, Paris, France (G)    

               Thinking with You: graduating MFA Thesis Exhibition, 371 Gallery, AUArts, Calgary 

17           Notes on how to cook with thoughts & sleep with sounds, 67 Steps, Los Angeles (S, curated by Sean MacAlister)

               The Last Haircut: 1st year MFA Group Exhibition, AUArts, 379 Gallery, Calgary, including Anton cu Unjieng and Rob Froese (C, G) 

16           Thinking Sculptures, textual interventions with Dr. Jeanne Randolph (Winnipeg), published online by TNG Press (C) 

               Trans Trans: Transgender Histories Between Germany and the United States, 1882-1966, Nickel Arts Museum,       

                           University of Calgary (G, organized by Dr. Annette F. Timm) 

               BWYW  5, # unit festival, Berlin, Germany (G, programmed by Coral Short for FUTURE VISIONs) 

15          There, the eyes are sunrise on a broken column, The New Gallery, Calgary (part of A manifesto has come to light:  6-

                           month art-writing residency lead by Dr. Jeanne Randolph & Jacob Wren

               Poor People must Work: The Resolute Parka12th Havana Biennale, Havana, Cuba (publication-based project, edited,

                           distributed and curated by sophia bartholomew) 

               No Place: Atlas Sighed, Calgary Biennial, Calgary (essay-based public interventions curated by Steven Cottingham)

          BWYW  5, CYNETART Festival, Dresden, Germany (programmed by Coral Short for FUTURE VISIONS)

 14         Be what you want, but stay where you are, Stride Contemporary Art, Calgary (S, publication)

               Distant Touch, M:ST [7] Performance Art Festival, Calgary (S, performance) 

               BWYW  5, Zero Future: Les HTMlles 11 Festival, Montreal (programmed by Coral Short for FUTURE VISIONS)

               Carte Blanche, DNA Artspace, London, ONT (G, invited by Thea Yabut) 

13          E N D, Union Cemetery, Calgary (performance, curated by Sharon Stevens for Equinox Vigil, catalogue)

              Wreck City, Eightohnine Gallery, Calgary, including Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed, Jill Armstrong and Alexander M. Steinitz (C, Cu)

              Paper Trail, Avalanche! ICA, Calgary (G, programmed by Nate McLeod)

              The Last Text, EMMEDIA in partnership with M:ST [6] Calgary (curated by Richard Martel)

12         I like it here, Dont you?, Avalanche! ICA, Calgary (S, curated by Nate McLeod)

             Island Night # 2, Choose Yer Own Festival, Calgary (G, programmed by Dana Schloss)

             Island Night # 1, programmed as part of Particle + Wave Festival: Luminaries Series, EMMEDIA, Calgary, including Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed,

                            Alexander M. Steinitz and Carmina Trsic (C, Cu)

             Bump/Shift, Untitled Art Society, Calgary (G, curated by Sally Raab)

11         Hair Grows The Way It Wants, Pith Gallery, Calgary, including Jill Armstrong and Wednesday Lupypciw (G, curated by Jennifer Chrighton)

             Sleepover, Untitled Art Society in partnership with Choose Yer Own Festival, Calgary (curated by Laura Leif)

06       Paul Butler's Collage Party, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary, invited by Paul Butler, with Richard Boulet (G, C, curated by Wayne Baerwaldt)


Essays, scripts + other paratextual drifts


21            The scene of the closet & the haptic perception of queer pastness, online essay, Calgary: M:ST Festival online archive 

             The Blue Light, edited by Cristina Grigore, Cluj-Napoca, Romania: Tuș Zine Editia 1

18             an image, a sound & a place, curated and published by Sharon Stevens, Calgary: Equinox Vigil in Union Cemetery

17             notes on how to cook with thoughts, Los Angeles: 67 Steps online project archive; https://67steps.info/

16            There, the eyes are Sunlight on a broken column, with textual interventions by Dr. Jeanne Randolph + Jacob Wren, including 

                         Jillian Fleck and J.D Mersault, edited by Ashley Bedet, Calgary: TNG Press  

                The horniness of the unmoored thought, edited by Lindsay Sorell, Calgary: LUMA Quarterly, Issue 05, Volume II 
15            There is no Place, public textual interventions programmed by Steven Cottingham: 2nd  Calgary Biennial

                More than Enough,  with Unlearning Weekenders (Zoë Kreye + Catherine Grau), including Luke Parnell, Toronto: Artscape Gibraltar Point

                Faces & Figuresedited & distributed by Alexander M. Steinitz, Calgary:  Issue 2, Volume IV  

14           Long way from home, essay commissioned by Sandra Vida, Calgary: Elephant Artist Relief,  UVAC conference

                Distant Touch, edited by Dr. Douglas Gosse, chapter in Out Proud: Stories of Pride, Courage, and Social Justice, Toronto: Breakwater Books

13           St. Patrick’s Island and Local Queer Spirits, edited by Eric Moschopedis + Mia Rushton, chapter in Knock on Any Door,

                         Art and  Social  Engagement in Calgary, 1912-2012, Calgary: Department of Forgotten Histories 

12           Island Night, artist book & project essay for Particle + Wave Festival, Calgary: EMMEDIA Bars & Tone Scholarship
11            Community and Coming of Age in Calgary, edited by Jennifer McVeigh, chapter in Grain, Anthology of critical textsCalgary: EMMEDIA   


Public readings, lectures + other solo or collaborative interventions  


22            Drift,  Kaffeeklatsch, curation & preparation of exhibition, Margo (Jill) Armstrong, Calgary (Cu)

                 Remedy Toxic Energies: Summoning Circle, invited guest, lead by Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed, curated by Alana Bartol, Calgary (C)

20           Crossing Blue, online intervention developed by Shyra deSouza for the Blue Light, M:St [10] , filmed in Calgary + Berlin, Germany (Cu)

                 The Future of Touch, invited guest panelist, online discussion organized by Caitlind R. Brown, Calgary  

                 Plant Walk, invited guest speaker, organized by Alana Bartol & Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed, Calgary

19            The Gay Science, guest lecturer, with Jessica Mccarrel at CommunityWise Resource Centre, Calgary

17            Notes on how to Cook with Thoughts, guest lecturer, Graduate Student Conference, University of Calgary             

                The Last Haircut,  public reading performance, in collaboration with Anton Cu Unjieng, AUAarts, Calgary (C)  

16            Gay History Walk, public reading performance in collaboration with Kevin Allen for the Gay History Project, Jane's Walk Festival, Calgary  (C)

                Writer’s Block, pre-recorded spoken word performance, CJSW (90.9 FM), Calgary 

15            a manifesto has come to light! art-writing residency open house with Jacob Wren + Dr. Jeanne Randolph, Stride Contemporary Art, Calgary 

                There, the eyes are Sunlight on a broken column,  public walk & talk with Jacob Wren + Dr. Jeanne Randolph, The New Gallery, Calgary

                1990: L.A., The Gold Field, outdoor intervention in response to essay by Félix González-Torres, with Jenna Swift, Union Cemetery, Calgary 

14           Flânerie, roving performance programmed & choreographed by Coral Short, with sophia bartholomew, M:ST [7], Lethbridge (C)

                Be what you want, but stay where you are,  public reading performance, Intersite Visual Arts Festival, Calgary 

                Umbrella Visual Arts Conference, writer in residence, Untitled Art Society, Calgary 

13            BIBT, recorded live program including Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed and Margo (Jill) Armstrong, Writer’s Block, CJSW,  University of Calgary (Cu, C)

                NEOCraft Global: Excerpts from the Future Archive, Vol. 1, guest lecturer, lead by Marilyn Volkman, The New Gallery, Calgary (C, G)

                Critical Theory Reader, guest lecturer, lead by Andrea Williamson, John Snow House, Calgary  (C, G)

12            I like it here, don't you?, artist talk in conjunction with solo exhibition at Avalanche! ICA, Calgary (curated by Nate McLeod)

                If you are open to everything, then everything fits in the world, public walk & talk, including Sandra Vida, EMMEDIA, Calgary 

                It's not too late to do something with your life / Do something before you die - series of public walks and readings programmed through                

                            Pith Gallery, in conjunction with group exhibition White Noise, curated by Jennifer Crighton, Calgary, (C)

                The value of our (collective) work, w. LIDS, guest  speaker,  including Wednesday Lupypciw, Nicole Burisch, Anthea Black &

                            Amy Fung, JSHouse, The New Gallery, Calgary (C)

11            UAS Film Nights, facilitator of monthly screenings & theoretical readings, Untitled Art Society, Calgary (C)


Residencies, awards + research grants 


19          Explore and Create Research Creation Grant, Canada Council for the Arts 

18          Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship in Visual Art, Alberta Government Student Aid

17          Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Alberta University of the Arts (16-18)

16          Special Entrance Award, MFA in Craft media, Alberta University of the Arts

              Graduate Research Award, Alberta University of the Arts  

15          Unlearning Practices, thematic residency lead by Zoë Kreye + Catherine Grau, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto, ONT


Thematic, Can Art Writing be Art?  w. Jeanne Randolph + Jacob Wren (24 weeks) TNG, Calgary


14Performative Strategies with Andrés Galeano, EMMEDIA, M:ST [6.5], Calgary


              Self-directed Residency, (10 weeks) in partnership with STRIDE Contemporary Art, Calgary 


              Thematic, Under the Influence of the Psyche w. Vasco Araújo, The Power Plant, Toronto, ONT


 Self-Directed Residency, (4 weeks) Calgary Allied Arts Foundation (CAAF), Calgary (publication)


Workshop, Wanted Dead or Alive Master Class with Adrian Stimson, Truck Gallery, Calgary 


13Workshop, Art Action with Richard Martel, M:ST[6] Festival, EMMEDIA, Calgary 


Thematic, NEO-Craft Global w. Marilyn Volkman, The New Gallery, Calgary 


12 BARS ‘N’ TONE (12 months self-directed studio residency) EMMEDIA, Calgary 


11Production Access (12 months self-directed studio residency) EMMEDIA, Calgary