Ioana Vrabie Fine Art, Architecture & Interiors Photographer - Based in Barcelona

Statement & Bio
Fine Art Photography, Analogue Photography, Multiple Exposure, Lightbox, Exhibition, Outside In

Statement

In the digital era we live in, we ingest daily such a massive amount of images, that we have become distracted viewers.

We sweep and scroll constantly on our devices to see what's next and we struggle to be present in the moment.

My work aims to regain this lost presence. I guess I miss the analogue èpoque.
I capture relevant details from my surroundings to synthetize the experience of presence in one photograph and I basically do what film maker would do through a short movie.

Through my multilayered analogue compositions - that at a first glance might look like "wrong photographs" - I try to arrest the viewer and invite her/him to slow down, look deeper and deeper, reflect and reach a contemplative state.

These images are analogue multiple exposures, which means that a portion of film has been used twice to capture two images instead of one. Everything happens in camera and the end result is revealed only when the film gets developed. There is no Photoshop or digital manipulation involved.



Fine Art Photography, Analogue Photography, Multiple Exposure, Lightbox, Exhibition, Outside In

Bio

Born in Transylvania, Ioana Vrabie grew up in Tuscany, Italy.

Being a mix between two opposite cultures, her original communist one and her new capitalistic one, propelled her to develop an inquisitive approach towards life and constantly search for her own personal truth.

She showed an early inclination towards arts and crafts, especially collage and mixed media, winning a few local prizes.

At the age on sixteen her grandfather gifted her with a Zorki 6 (the Eastern European version of Leica II) and her love for photography started.

It was only in her late twenties that she decided, after travelling the world as flight attendant and being exposed to the variety of the World for almost a decade, to enroll at University of Arts London and take her passion to the next level.

She started to work as digital commercial photographer and at Photofusion, a camera club that kept alive her old love for analogue.

There she received a providential gift from a stranger: a bag full of expired film rolls that she took together with her analogue camera on a long trip to Italy, India and Bali in search of a capturing a reality that does not need retouching.

During this trip she felt overwhelmed by the beauty of her surroundings and she instinctively started to allow her eyes to wander and her body to move through space, and shoot multiple exposure images, feeling a deep sense of liberation arising from overlapping different perspectives on the same film frame.

She found her style and the ongoing series Eyescapes was born, as direct extension of her life travel: curious, with lots of "aha moments", restless yet calm, expressed in the form of multi-dreamy and mesmeric souvenirs.


“Ioana Vrabie's analogue photography represents what I call Romantic Conceptualism. Personal yet Universal concepts wrapped in exquisite beauty”. Lorenzo Belenguer, Art Critic for the Huffington Post based in London.

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In 2016 Ioana Vrabie was one of the selected artists of It’s Art Call at DContemporary Gallery in London.

In 2019 she participated to the Arteles residency programme Silence, Awareness, Existence in Finland.

She has been shortlisted for the Bridgeman Studio Award 2019.

In January 2020 she has exhibited Marina and her Self(ies) n.12 at PH21 Gallery in Budapest, part of a wider portraiture project called Beyond The Self(ie).

Her work Outside In was displayed at PH21 Gallery in Budapest as part of Imagination exhibition betweeen the 4th and 27th of June 2020.She exibited  in Rome Outside In and Time And Space Relativity in the collective exhibition Transition and Displacements curated by Loosenart in July 2020.

Her new work Parallel Dimensions I is on display at the Experimental Center Of Photography Ansel Adams in Rome in October 2020.

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