About Iosif Király

IOSIF KIRÁLY is a Romanian visual artist, architect, and educator. He works both independently and within the subREAL group. Favorite media: photography, installation, performance, and drawing. His work investigates the relationship between perception, time, synchronicity and memory.

In 1995, he was among the founders of the Department of Photography and Media Arts at the National University of Arts (UNArte) in Bucharest, where he is presently a professor.

He has initiated, coordinated, and, together with architects, visual artists, and anthropologists, participated in research projects related to the changes having occurred in post-communist Romania: D-Platform, RO-Archive, Triaj, Tinseltown.

Király has an extensive international exhibition record, and his works are found in numerous private and public collections.

He is a member of the Romanian Artists’ Union (UAP) and of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA).

Since 2013 he has also been teaching in the Master of Visual Studies program at the National School of Political Science and Public Administration (SNSPA) in Bucharest.

Iosif Király / Letting the days go by, water flowing underground, 2020 at Anca Poterasu Gallery


Iosif Király delves head-on into the idea of time, the irreversible and the strangely repetitive ripple of events that shape out the entirety of our lives. There are different undercurrents that the exhibition sets out to explore: a time of the archive – with which the artist has been infinitely familiar with throughout his career, a time of observation and a time of reminiscence. A time of idleness and lazy sun-bathing on the steps of some art-museum on scorching heat. A historical time full of events that we share with others, and memories that perhaps will only be seen in old family photo-albums, or that will otherwise rest forgotten, locked away in the minds of just a few.

Today we changed our minds and we are setting the main hall differently, we are insisting on a more powerful presence for the photographic works on the walls. There is as of now a large installation at the entrance that is the nexus, the heart of the show before it feeds into the gallery rooms, into the process of it all and into the Danube images.

The artist reflects on the ineffable relation that photography has not with one specific time or another, but with its simultaneous runs that are brought together in an ever-shifting perception of the past. Political history, personal lives. Time and one’s own time. In his restructured photographs, Iosif Király uses hundreds of camera-shots, capturing the various heartbeats of life, rhythms that vary from room to room. Right at the entrance, the harsh edges of concrete walls depicted on the Danube banks are so geometrically powerful, that the shapes seem to be making their way out of the photograph. A tipping of the sense of perspective, just enough to reconsider the layers of many places collapsing into one.

The cultural project “Letting the days go by, water flowing underground” is co-financed by the National Cultural Fund Administration (AFCN). It does not necessarily represent the position of AFCN. The AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or the manner in which the results of the project may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the funding recipient.

The curatorial text: https://bit.ly/2UyDHVj

ARAC is a non-profit organization founded in June 2012, in order to produce and promote contemporary art in Romania and abroad. The initiative of the 58 Plantelor Residency belongs to Anca Poterasu, gallerist and ARAC President. The first edition of the Residency took place in 2015 and it was financed through a grant offered by Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and the Romanian Government.