Matei Bejenaru – Visual artist, Professor of photography and video at the “George Enescu” Arts University, Iaşi, RO
Born: 23.11.1963, Suceava, Romania
Lives and works in Iaşi, Romania.

Education:
Arts Academy of Iasi, Painting Department, 1990-1996
Ph.D Studies in Aesthetics at the “Al.I. Cuza” University in Iasi, Romania, 2001-2006

Biography highlights:
Founder and Artistic Director of “Periferic” Biennial, Iasi (RO)
Director of VECTOR Gallery in Iasi, RO (2003-2007)
Editor of Vector visual art magazine, (since 2005 to present)
Initiator and manager of the cARTier project (a socially involved cultural project – pilot project of ProHelvetia in Romania)
Contributor to “Supliment de cultura” (2004-2008)

Selected solo exhibitions:
2014 – “Songs for a better future”, Laakteater, The Hague (NL), curator: Reka Imola Makkai
2013 – “Projects 1993-2000”, Tranzit Iasi (RO), curator: Livia Pancu;
– “ From A to B”, Cupola Gallery, Iasi, (RO), curator: Livia Pancu
2012 – “ Matei Bejenaru: Art into Life / Life into Art”, The Artery Gallery North Adams Massachussets, USA, curator: Izabel Galliera
2011 – “Projects 2008-2010”, Contemporary Art Gallery of the Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu (RO), curators: Liviana Dan and Anca Mihulet
2009 – “Double Stéreo”, Galerie ERSEP Tourcoing (F) (with Yves Robuschi), curators: Ivan Polliart and Christelle
Manfredi
2007 – “Ghid de calatorie”, Galeria Posibila, Bucharest (RO)
2005 – “Travelling Guide”, Insert in the IDEA Art Magazine, Cluj (RO)
– “INTER” (with Robert Fearns), R O O M Gallery, Bristol (UK); Vector Gallery Iasi (RO)
– “Strawberry Fields Forever”, Galeria Noua, Bucharest (RO)
2002 – “Salut / Ave Bachtalo”, Offspace Gallery, Vienna (A)
2002 – “Mehr Chancen Fur Unsere Jugend”, Kulturkontakt Gastatelier, Vienna (A)
2000 –  “Peripheral Routes”, ATC Space, Chicago (USA)
–  “Peripheral Routes 2”, Space Gallery, ICCA Bucharest (RO)

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2014 – “Showtime”, ABC Contemporary Zurich (CH), curator: Olga Stefan
– “Power and Play”, De Markten, Summer of Photography Brussels (B), curator: Christophe de Jaegger
– “Paralele intersectate / Intersected Parralels : 5 positions in Romanian
Contemporary Photography”, Cupola Gallery, Iasi (RO)
2013 – “From the Plastic Arts to the Visual Arts” (together with Dumitru Oboroc), Salonul de proiecte Bucharest (RO), curators: Magda Radu & Alexandra Croitoru
– “AGORA”, 4th Athens Biennial (GR), curator: Despina Zefkili
– “One Sixth of the Earth”, MUSAC Valladolid (ES), ZKM Karlsruhe (D), curator: Mark Nash
2012 – “2012-2013 Associate Artists”, Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge (UK), curator: Elizabeth Fischer
2011 – “Songs for a better future”, PerformIC Festival, Innsbruck (A), curator: Andrei Siclodi
– “I work. I produce. I control”, Galeria ZONA Lodz (Pl), curator: Livia Pancu
– Artists’ Film Club, ICA London, curator: Cylena Simonds
– “Vector Association at Western Front”, Western Front Vancouver (CA), curators: Livia Pancu & Jesse McKee
– “Living Today”, Glasgow School of Art (UK), curator: Jenny Brownrigg
2010 – “Critical Point”, Frieze Projects London (UK)
– “Best Laid Plans”, The Drawing Room London (UK), curator: Cylena Simmonds
– “Songs for a better future”, KNOT project, Bucharest (RO), curator: Raluca Voinea
– “Image at work”, INDEX Stockholm and the Romanian Cultural Institute in Stockholm (S), curator: Helena Holmberg
– “The Haifa Mediterranian Biennial”, Haifa (IL), curator: Belu Fainaru
– “Eurovisions”, Vasa Konsthall (FI), curator: Robert Back
– “Over the counter”, Mucsarnok Museum Budapest (HU), curators: Eszther Lazar, Zsolt Petranyi
2009 – “Dacia”, Lille 3000 series of exhibitions and events, Galerie Comune Tourcoing (F), curator: Christelle  Manfredi
– “Performing the East”, Salzburger Kunstverein (A), curator: Hemma Schmutz
– “De Porc“, The National Dance Center Bucharest (RO), curator Ervin Kessler
2008 – “Move On”, Futura Art Center Prague (CZ), curator: Alberto di Stefano
– “Spa Port”, Banja Luka (Bosnia), curator: Ana Nikitovic
– Taipei Biennial, Taiwan, curators: Manray Shu and Vasif Kortun
– “Schengen”, Finekost Gallery Berlin, curator: Aaron Moulton
2007 – “Social Cooking Romania”, NGBK Berlin (D), curator: Dan Mihaltianu
– “Blurrr 6” Performance Festival, Tel Aviv, curator: Sergio Edelsztein
– “The Irresistible Force”, Tate Modern London – Level 2 Gallery, curator: Ben Borthwick
– “If you find this world bad, you should see some of the others”, Prague Biennial 3, curator: Simona Nastac
2006 – “Cities from Bellow”, Fondazione Teseco per l’arte, Pisa, Italia, curator: Marco Scotini
– “Check-in Europe – Reflecting Identities in Contemporary Art”, European Office, München, Germany, curator: Marius Babia
– “Journey Against the Current – Küba”, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Nestroyhof, Vienna
2005 – ” Situated Self”, Museum for Contemporary Art Belgrade (Serbia); Tennis Art Palace, Helsinki (FI), curators: Branko Dimitrević & Mika Haanula
– “NowHere Europe”, Polo Museale Veneziano alla Misericordia, Venice (I), MNAC Bucharest (RO), curator: Bartolomeo Pietromarchi (Fondazione Adriano Olivetti)
– “Motion Parade”, Fotogalerie Vienna (A), curator: Alina Serban.
– “Just a Doubt”, Manhattan Gallery Łodz (PL), curator: Ivan Polliart
2004 – “I Am Here You Are There..”, GFZK Leipzig (D), curator: Barbara Steiner
– “The Roma Show”, Minoriten Gallery Graz (A), Jana Koniarka Gallery Trnava (SK), Skuc Gallery Ljubljana (SLO)
2003 – “Superbia”, Dublin (Ireland), curator: Stephen Brandes
– “U-Topos”, Tirana Biennial 2, Albania, curator: Branislava Dimitrevič
– “Palpable Disequilibrium”, LIPA Gallery Chicago, curator: Olga Ştefan
2002 – “Mope 02”, Performance Festival, Vasa (FI), curator: Markus Lerviks
– “Akt 2” Performance Festival, Brno (CZ), curator: František Kowolowski
– “Personal-Public Space”, Čačak (Serbia), curator: Zoran Erič
– “Ebent” Performance Festival, CCCB Barcelona (E), curator: Maria Cosmes
2001 – 49th Venice Biennial, Context Project, Romanian Pavilion, Venice (I), curator: Alexandru Patatics
– Fabs Show, Poznanski Factory, Łodz, Poland, curator: Malgorzata Sidor
– ‘Never Stop The Action”, Steirischer Herbst Festival, Rotor Graz (A), curators: Margarethe Makovec & Anton Lederer

Fellowships and awards:
2012-2013 – Associated artist at Kettle’s Yard Cambridge (UK)
2011-2012 – Visiting Professor at the University of Quebec, Montreal (CA)
2008 – Artist in residence at Futura Art Center in Prague (CZ)
2007 – Artist in Residence: Tate Modern London – Level 2 Gallery
2002 –  Kulturkontakt Fellowship Vienna (A)
2000 –  Artslink Fellowship (Artist In Residence “Around The Coyote” Chicago (USA)
1997 –  British Council Fellowship, Belfast (UK)
1997 –  Soros Center For Contemporary Arts First Prize, Bucharest (RO)

Conferencies and lectures:
2014 – The Mobile Biennial, National Museum for Contemporary Arts Bucharest,
2012 – California College of the Arts, San Francisco, USA,
– Western Front, (Conference Institutions by Artists), Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
2008 – Institut National d’Histoire de l’art Paris (Conference „Art contemporain et territoires)
2007 – Contemporary Art Center Tel Aviv
– Flaggfabrikke Bergen, Norway
– Courtauld Institute Londra
2006 – Cabaret Voltaire Zurich
– Moderna Museet Stockholm
2004 – Manifesta Cofee Break – Liverpool Biennial