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CEC ArtsLink Artist In Residence 2013: Ioana Paun

Teatro Luna is collaborating with CEC ArtsLink in New York City to host Ioana Paun a Romanian Performance Artist, as she begins her research for her newest project here in Chicago.

CEC ArtsLink promotes international communication and understanding through collaborative, innovative arts projects for mutual benefit. They support and produce programs that encourage the exchange of visual and performing artists and cultural managers in the United States and 37 countries overseas. As an international organization, they believe that the arts are a society’s most deliberate and complex means of communication and that the work of artists and arts administrators can help nations overcome long histories of reciprocal distrust, insularity and conflict.


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About the artist:

Photo Ioana Indignation CarIoana PAUN (b. 1984, Romania) is an emerging live artist and theatre director working and researching internationally. She mixes theatre, technology and social sciences to provoke the seemingly permanent aspects of reality. Ioana’s projects and performances were presented in UK, France, Romania, Czech Republic, Greece, Germany, Sweden, Hugary, Italy and were supported by Theater Royal Stratford East and Live Art Development Agency (London), Schaubuehne Theatre (Berlin), Fondazione Maxxi (Roma), UK Young Artists (Nottingham), British Council, Pépinières européennes pour jeunes artistes (Paris), National Theatre (Iasi), Medeea Electronique (Thessaloniki), Onassio Centre (Athens), National Theater and Film University (Bucharest), Romanian Cultural Institute Networks around Europe, Mecklemburg Inspires and Schloss Broellin (Pomerania Region), Romanian Cultural Fund Administration (Bucharest). Ioana collaborates with thought provoking artists, real life experts, engineers, sociologists and activists  and was invited at international residencies and festivals on political performance and new media.

Confronting fully frontal the audiences with overlooked realities is pivotal for all her work. To mention a few: THIS IS NOT A GAME uses augmented reality and performance to simulate the process of becoming a prostitute, INDIGNATION INDEX is a dystopian hyper-real piece engaging audiences in a revolution against the Romanian defense apparatus, ALL WORKERS GO TO HEAVEN places the public in a simulacra of a sweatshop and precipitates economic and power relations amongst them.

Ioana is currently working on her practice-based PhD at the National Theatre and Film University in Bucharest, researching the way performative tools precipitate social behavior.


Economy of Desperation: A Free Performance & Panel

(Sp. Transl. ¡Chupalo!
Monday, November 11, 7:30pm
at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St Chicago IL
This panel scrutinizes the financialization of despair, the capitalization of vulnerability, and the speculation of fear.
This panel has a go at the ARTification of sweat laborers.
The spectacularization of the undocumented.
The intellectualization of the humiliated.
The exoticization of the poor.
Watch the video teaser:
Panel:Ioana Pãun (Department of Alien Studies at UEL London, PhD)
Karen Rodriguez (American Institute of Naturalization)
Enid Muñoz (VPT, Chicago)
Allyce Torres (National Committee of Labor Optimization)
Christine Shallenberg (Motion Capture Expert)

We will not glorify, victimize and valorize anybody or anything. We will simply, clinically, hire a woman to do the dirty work.

PLEASE RSVP by sending an email to
requesting the number of seats you would like reserved.
 To assemble this Panel, Ioana has met and discussed with immigrant women doing domestic labor, many US citizens and a deportation lawyer. The work presented is part of a wider platform, Invisible Natalia, created together with sociologist Ivo Furman to expose the ways in which immigrants fill the gaps of dysfunctional economies.

This Panel was motivated by Francisca, Elena, Myrla, Teresa and Zoyla.

CALL FOR ARTISTS- deadline Monday October 21 at midnight

download full CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS here

Calling all interdisciplinary, video, visual and theatre artists and activists! We are now accepting applications for artistic collaborators to work with Ioana Paun, Romanian live artist, theatre director, and artist-in-residence at Teatro Luna as she researches and builds a performance piece focused around interviews with and research about immigrant women who care for the elderly and terminally ill. All participants would preferably be fluent in both English and Spanish, There is a small stipend available to all participating artists. APPLY TODAY!