Stories of conflict and desire

Solo Show

Ioana Olahuț

Mogoșoaia Palaces Cultural Center

June 15 – July 11, 2019


Ana Negoiță

Because desire often takes the shape of a trap.

Because we always want what others have.

Because one thing is considered more valuable the more it is desired by others.

Because we calibrate our desires according to the desires of others, just like the shoals of fish that move in blocks to find their way.

Because out of desire we give in, let ourselves persuaded and obey.


Because desire makes us constantly slide between resentment and overflowing self-satisfaction.

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Because I wanted to see what, how and how much I can paint with two kinds of yellow and a carmine.

Because I wanted to decontaminate my categories and paint a beautiful thing, an ugly thing, a sad one and a happy one.

Because I wanted to paint twelve stuffed snails and I only painted six. Or five:)

Ioana Olahuț

Photo credit: YAP studio (
Photo credit: YAP studio (

There are rights of desire, as unperceived tensions accumulated by our own indecisions, they recast our lives in dichotomies. We`ve always been YES and NO, simultaneously, we`ve always been at war with our hungers, predilections, enthusiasm or aches. Life itself is undoubtedly bound with this polarity, there is a guiltiness hidden in this chasm craved in our daily routine by desire and conflict.
There is beauty in every conflict as there is ugliness in desire. There are blessings in many of our desires, as there are spites in most of our conflicts, and in between, a sea of cruelty and hope rests in balance.
Telling a story about desire insinuates a certain form of weakness, indignity and discomfort, the narrative flow designates some Freudian concepts as Mortido and Libido, an analogy that appoints the destructive side of psychic energy. To desire, to crave for something or someone means to add an extra value to that, being desired makes it even more worthy. Desire works on external facts, usually, people crave or what other people possess, we scale our desires according with how others scale theirs, as fishbanks we follow common paths of desire. Being dominated by desire impulses involves a certain regression to our biological traits.
There is no yearning which does not generate an internal conflict, this inner tension is scaling our human nature, and so, we are longing but also we fear our temptations.

Every day, we are 3 times Peter!

Ana Negoiță | Curator