Andra Ursuta

Viewing the fair as an imaginary art village by installing a cemetery on the island

Andra Ursuta’s work combines references to the traditional folklore of her native Romania with an investigation of feminine identity through a series of sculptures, installations and immersive environments. For Frieze Projects, Ursuta departed from the idea that art fairs have become temporary sites of pilgrimage. Instead Ursuta posed the fair as an imaginary art village, and constructed a missing part of the everyday life of an art fair: a quaint little cemetery where art goes to die. Since art fairs do not allow room for the afterlife of art, Ursuta provided that missing space by erecting group of marble slabs in the bucolic landscape of Randall’s Island, turning the site into a place of worship.