Over the past ten years Irina Botea has been engaged in an art practice that uses multiple media to inspect socio-political dynamics and the possibility of transformation. Currently, her focus is on the de centralization of cultural discourses and the possibility of sustaining creative differentiation that arguably exists outside of a dominant hegemonic system of values and critique.
Botea’s artistic methodology combines reenactment strategies, simulated auditions, elements of direct cinema, and cinéma vérité. She develops her works through a process of collaboration in which the performers are active participants in the process. “In her videos, Botea very often refers to modes of re-enactment and role-play, but her main target is not to create a fiction that is taken for reality. Her interest lies in the reality of the performance and the authentic individuality of the performers.” (Oliver Kielmayer). Her work has been featured in solo and group shows, including the 55th Venice Biennale, as well as at The New Museum, New York; National Gallery Jeu de Paume, Paris; Kunsthalle Winterthur; Reina Sofia National Museum, Madrid; MUSAC-Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain; and Kunstforum, Vienna. She was awarded the Impakt Film Festival Silver Award.