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image from the Peter McGehee fonds (1980-1991). McGehee, Peter Photographic Collection. University of Saskatchewan Archives, Saskatoon.



Bogdan Ștefan Cheța 

(he / they) 

Wavering without an end in sight, like an internal monologue that cruises for the interiority of its own scenes, Bogdan Cheța’s (b.1983 Ploiești, România) research contemplates possible parallels between non-linear fragmentations of Cold War histories, the phenomenology of reading, and anti-communal expressions of intimacy. Responding to the site-specificity of their contexts, his installations extend physically — as immersive atmospheres that virtualize scenes from works that initially circulate in the published form. Built like episodic continuations from each project, these paratextual infiltrations begin to morph into one another— from project to project, and across time, to give form to a kind of shelter — an imaginary space that can be picked up, reshuffled, and then spaced each time as a new thought. 






MFA                              Master of Fine Arts in Craft (MFA), Alberta University of the Arts (2016-2019)     

                                         thesis: "Thinking with You: Studio as a Tactile Queer Reading Practice"

                                         co-supervised by Dr. Alexandra Emberley & Dr. August Klintberg

                                         jury: Susan Cahill, August Klintberg, Alexandra Emberley and Mackenzie Kelly-Frère

                                         areas of research: queer material culture;  contemporary reception of art historical ideas and forms; craft history and theory 

BFA                                Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Drawing, Alberta College of Art & Design (2003-2009)      



Selected Exhibitions & Projects

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


23           reading is a free dream, for SWSYL, organized by Ryan Danny Owen for Truck Contemporary Art, Calgary  (G)

22           Studio Camper, University of Manitoba School of Art, Winnipeg, Intervention with off-site visits from Jeanne Randolph and David Churchill 

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    

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, invited by Sharon Kahanoff)

                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, FR (G)    

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

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, DE (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, CU (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, DE (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 (programmed by Laura Leif)

08        Rabbit Hole, Truck Contemporary Art +15, Calgary (S, curated by Caitlin Thompson)

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


23            Travel Bag, a suite of experimental poems commissioned by ISSAY! online (upcoming)

                 Clingy Fags, poem and reading action for Teresa Tam’s Good Job Arcade, Truck Contemporary Art, Calgary

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

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

                 Student Conference, collaboratively authored gay erotic short story, with Rocky Wallbaum. nifty.org (Nifty Archive)

19            Thinking with You, MFA Graduate Thesis, Alberta University of the Arts

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 / Collaborative Actions 


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

                  Queer Migrants, research interview and workshop with WeiHsi Hu, Storychor, Berlin, DE  https://www.weihsihu.com/  

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

21             Breakfast Club, weekly queer breakfast servings  at Kaffeeklatch das Café, curated by Jessica McCarrel, Calgary

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, G)  

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, with Wednesday Lupypciw, 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)


Selected Residencies, Research & Grants 


23            Meeting for Teas, thematic residency, The Banff Centre, Banff AB  

21            Peer Review Assessor, invited by Canada Council for the Arts, Ottawa, Canada

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

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

                Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Alberta University of the Arts (2016-18)

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

                Can Art Writing be Art?,  thematic residency lead by Jeanne Randolph + Jacob Wren, The New Gallery, Calgary

14           Performative Strategies, thematic residency lead by Andrés Galeano, EMMEDIA & M:ST [6.5], Calgary

                Self-directed Residency, in partnership with STRIDE Contemporary Art, Calgary 

                Under the Influence of the Psyche, thematic residency lead by Vasco Araújo, The Power Plant, Toronto, ONT

                Self-Directed Residency,  Calgary Allied Arts Foundation, downtown studio,  Calgary (fully funded, publication)

               Wanted Dead or Alive, workshop lead by Adrian Stimson, Truck Gallery, Calgary 

13           Art Action, workshop lead by Richard Martel, M:ST[6] Festival + EMMEDIA, Calgary

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

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


Teaching experience & other related employment 


21           Pop-up restaurant artist-in-residence, Kaffeeklatsch, all-ages queer project space & café, Calgary (invited by Jessica McCarrel)

18          TeachingAssistantship, Mireille Perron, School of Critical Studies, AUArts University, Calgary

              TeachingAssistantship, Dr. Mark Clintberg, Department of Art History, AUArts University, Calgary

17          Teaching Assistantship, Dr. Mark Clintberg, Department of Art History, AUArts University, Calgary

14-16           Board Member, Mountain Standard Time Performative Festival, Calgary

13-16           Board Member, EAR - Elephant Artists Relief Society, Calgary 

14-16           Preparator & Collections Registrar, NewZones Gallery, Calgary

09-12         Studio Monitor, Untitled Arts Society Studio Spaces (The Bows), Calgary

09-10         Interior Design assistant, IKEA, Calgary  

08-09        Teaching Assistant, North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre, Calgary

                     Teaching AssistantSt. Timothy High, U of C Masters in Art Education (1st year), placement in Cochrane, Alberta

07-08        TeachingAssistant, Studio C/ Prospect, Calgary (internship) 




McCarrel, Jessica. "The Blue Light/ Project Space". Exhibition didactic, Kaffeeklatsch. Calgary, 2021.  https://www.kaffeeklatsch.ca/copy-of-projects 

Iwataki, Anna. “Windowlicker”. Exhibition didactic, Balice Hertling. Paris, FR. 2018

Scemama, Patrick. "Boîtes, identités et doutes". La République de l'Art. Paris, FR. 2018. (exhibition review)

Randolph, Jean and Wren, Jacob. “A manifesto has come to light”. The New Gallery:  Calgary, 2016

Bartholomew, Sophia. "New Membranes", 2015. http://cargocollective.com/resoluteparka/sophia-bartholomew

Clintberg, Mark. "Can Writing About Art be Art?", L U M A Quarterly, issue 002, Fall 2015 (exhibition review)

Ker, Lucas. "Coming to a neighbourhood near you, Calgary Biennial".  FFWD, Dec.11, 2014

Turner, Michael. "BWYW at Stride Gallery", Preview, Guide to Galleries + Museums, 2014 (exhibition review)

Williamson, Andrea. "Bogdan Cheta: Stride Gallery", Akimbo. April 5th, 2014 (exhibition review)

Crighton, Jennifer. "Studio Visitations". Interview with the artist. https://studiovisitation.wordpress.com

Dr. Gosse, Douglas.  mention in "Introduction" (p.11-17). in Out Proud: Stories of Pride, Courage & Social Justice. Toronto: Breakwater Books, 2014

Sandals, Leah. "Wreck City Makes Ruins Right". Canadian ArtSpring 2013 (exhibition review)

Kirkland, Rhiannon. "AVALANCHE! Looks Back On Its First Year". Avenue magazine. Winter 2103

Mandybura, Cadence. "Honouring our dead: Equinox Vigil". FFWD. Sept.19, 2013

Williamson, Andrea. "The Art of Politics". Knock on Any Door (A Revised History): Art and Social Engagement in Calgary. FFWD, Aug. 1 2013

Bell, Jacqueline.  mention in "Introduction" (p.9-19). in Knock on Any Door.  Calgary: department of forgotten histories, 2013

Averns, Dick. "Annie Martin at Pith". Akimbo online. Posted on May 28, 2013. https://akimblog1.rssing.com/chan-14631131/all_p1.html

Anderson, Haley. "An Avalanche! of Innovation". The Calgary Journal. Posted on Jan. 5, 2013

Lupypciw, Wednesday. "Weird Guiltless Beauty: Some things Bogdan Cheta found in some places that are out of the way" (p.19-27). chapter

            in Resonance Anthology of Critical Texts. Calgary: Emmedia Gallery & Production Society, 2012

Averns, Dick. "Bogdan Cheta at Avalanche!". Akimbo online. Posted on Nov.16, 2012 (exhibition review)

Vida, Sandra.  mention in "A Day in the Life of the Emanimenteur". Calgary: Handheld Media Arts Journal, 2012

Psutka, Rachel. "A neighborhood is the sum of its parts". Calgary Herald. Posted on Jan. 10, 2012

Crighton, Jennifer. "White Noise". Exhibition didactic, Pith Gallery. Calgary, 2012

Whitehead, Kyle. "Resonant Frequencies", Handheld Media Arts Journal, Calgary: Emmedia, 2011

Neudorf, Kim. "ACAD Grad Show". Writing Shed in the Woods, online blog. 2009 (exhibition review)

Thompson, Caitlin. "Rabbit Hole". Exhibition didactic, Truck Contemporary Art. Calgary, 2008

Butler, Paul.  "Collage Party ". Calgary: Illingworth Kerr Gallery & MOCCA, 2007 (exhibition catalogue)



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