The Archaeology of Memory
by Vlad Basarab
Basarab is a visual artist working with installation, ceramics, sculpture, video and performance. Basarab was a recipient of a Fulbright research grant in Romania (2013-2014). In 2014, he won the 1st prize for the international competition for the Monument dedicated to the Romanian Language in Chișinău, Republic of Moldova. Basarab is currently a doctorate candidate at the University of Art in Bucharest. He received a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Ceramics from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2001 and a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Electronic Media from West Virginia University in 2013.
The past plays an important part in my creative process. My role as an artist is to dig through layers of history like an archaeologist. The Archaeology of Memory series has been influenced by the loss of collective culture and memory. The act of remembering becomes the only vehicle for keeping history alive. I have chosen to reference books because they are historic symbols of knowledge and collective memory. From the beginning of history, there has been a connection between words and clay as the first forms of written knowledge were on clay tablets.