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Dana Simona Fabini is a visual artist born 1963 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
She studied at the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca (diploma 1987) and then taught at the same university from 1990 until 2006. In 2005 she obtained a doctoral degree in visual arts with a subject on artistic creativity and the relations between art and art therapy. Since 1987 exhibitions in art galleries, museums and outdoors in public spaces, attend to conferences, lectures and publications on art education and artistic creativity.
In her work Dana Fabini focuses on poetic concepts and looks for the appropriate expression form. She creates text and image and puts them in association, constantly pursuing the interactive possibilities between different (artistic) languages, between ancient and contemporary cultures. In 2010 she established the concept of Bibliotheca Diotima for her entire work and her artistic position. She practices a visual poetry and a feminist cultural criticism, she explores stereotypes and models of art thinking inside specific social-cultural and political systems.
She realises artists books and uses classic, performance and multimedia techniques for her work.
In 2016 she initiated the platform Dialog in Agora, where she coordinates intercultural and interdisciplinary artistic projects. Dana Fabini is member, among others, of the Romanian Union of Artists UAP, member of GEDOK and Literatur Forum Südwest in Germany, and founding member of Ceramart (organizer International Ceramics Biennial Cluj). She lives and works in Germany and Romania.

Short excerpts from references
Dr. Jenny Graf-Bicher: The learned „poesis“ and the rooted „here“
„The words are the big theme of Dana Fabini. Words that want to grasp the world, life, dying, love, pain, speaking and silence (...) Again and again words that seek the path to their own self, to their own creative energy. Dana Fabini creates text images that are not easy to convert into optical, that live on the magic of language. (...) This is poetic concentration, in which the rhythm of breathing becomes the rhythm of creative activity, just poetry.“ (from the opening speech at the exhibition poesis.hier, original in German, 2015)

Dr. Donatella Chiancone-Schneider: Dana Fabini's secret
„Whether oriental fairy tales, literary quotes, biblical motifs or own texts: the original source is used by Dana Fabini only as raw material for artistic transformations. (...) The transition from image to word is reciprocal and initiates a creative exchange. (...) Dana Fabini uses both classical and manual techniques as well as digital ways of working: in addition to traditionally painted pages and hand-stitched pages, there are also typed texts and digitally altered images, which in a further step can be subjected to a different technique. The decisive factor is not the method itself, but the creative examination of the original material and its transformation.“ (from the text for the exhibition Der Faden der Ariadne -the Thread of Ariadne, original in German, 2015)

Dr. Vianu Mureşan: Sources of Silence
„Dana Fabini writes visually and paints syntagmatically, assembling visual-intuitive contexts in which she captures unfinished narratives, some of them paraphrases, which continue their unfolding in the mind of the reader long after reading, seemingly absorbed in breaths of the inner imagination. (...) Offering the visual form for reading extends the frame beyond aesthetic contemplation, it also means analytical contemplation, transformation, and reconversion in the open circuit of the image and word. (...) A visual poetry in which (...) the silence rises.  The silence - the poetic state of a passion enlightened by knowledge.“ (excerpt from the foreword to the artist-book by Dana Fabini, original in Romanian, 2018)

Exhibitions and performances - selection
2017 waiting room: loneliness, Art Museum Cluj Napoca / GEDOK KNAST KUNST, Freiburg / 2016 -2017 Blaue Stunde VII / -VIII, international video festival, Alte Feuerwache Köln / 2016 dada labyrinth, sound & poetry performance with Nicolas Simion, Rumänische Bibliothek Freiburg / Langer Abend der Freiburger Literatur, Alter Wiehrebahnhof / 2015 Der Faden der Ariadne, solo exhibition Atelier-Galerie 21 Köln  / poesis.hier, exhibition with Beate Gördes/ performance with Petra Deus, Quartier am Hafen Köln / Logos, performance with Nicolas Simion, 2. International Ceramics Biennial Cluj Napoca / New Sounds & Old Codes, performance with Nicolas Simion & Band, Ensemblia Festival, Mönchengladbach / 2014 Natur und Mensch, solo exhibition Universitätsklinikum Freiburg / 2013 offene Ateliers, exhibition with Angelika Wittek, Kunstraum 57 Köln / 2011 Kunstakademie der Weltkulturen, 25 Jahre Interkulturelle Woche in Köln, Galerie am Ursulakloster / 2009 Einblicke und Sichtweisen, Romanian-German exhibition Lichthof Köln / 2008 Dreisprung Triplu Salt Troskok, international exhibition Germany, Romania and Slowenia, Künstlerforum Bonn / 2006 Offenbarung, solo exhibition HkD Hannover / 2005 Creativitate artistică - Grădini abandonate, solo exhibition Casa Matei Corvin Cluj Napoca / Zwischen Himmel und Erde, solo exhibition RPI Loccum / 2003 empFinden. Verlassene Gärten, solo exhibition Galerie Heinz Bossert Köln / 2002 Briefe mit Träumen, solo exhibition I.Q. Institut, Hannover / 2000 Liber studiorum, Art Museum Cluj Napoca / Dialog cu noi și fără noimă, Galeria Apollo București / 1999 Verlassene Gärten, solo exhibition DAA Galerie Hannover / 1998 Ausstellung rumänischer Graphik, Innsbruck / Na Folimance, solo exhibition private room Prague / 1997 Romanian Artists, Kaposvar / Freedom of movement, international exhibition, Museum Bistrița / Copaci indieni, solo exhibition, Galeria Luminii Timișoara / 1996 Academia 70, Art Museum Cluj Napoca / National paradise, Hungarian Cultural Center, București / Dornröschen, solo exhibition Kloster Bersinghausen / 1995 Cluj-București, București-Cluj, Galeria Orizont București / 1994 Medium AnnArt 5, Museum Sfântu Gheorghe / Picasso privește Picasso, Centrul Cultural Maghiar, București / Abmocatac, group performance, Cluj Napoca / 1993 solo exhibition, Galeria Mare UAP Cluj Napoca / 1992 Ecce Homo, Galeria Orizont București / 1991 Stare fără titlu, Art Museum Timișoara / Lumină, apă, culoare, Oradea and Budapest / Exhibition Romanian Painting, Windesheim Zwolle / 1990 Tineri artiști, Galeria Mare UAP Cluj Napoca / International Miniature Exhibition, Del Bello Gallery, Toronto / 1989 Quadrienala de Artă Decorativă, Sala Dalles, București / 1988 Bienala Atelier 35, Art Museum Baia Mare, Art Museum Galați / Artiști clujeni, Sala Dalles București

Projects and workshops - selection
2016-2017 Dialog in Agora. Arheologie contemporană - Zeitgenössische Archäologie, interculturel project Cluj Napoca _ Köln / 2015 Die eigene Identität wahrnehmen und systemisch erleben, workshop Universitätsklinikum Freiburg / 2011 Anleitung zur kunstpädagogisch und heilpädagogisch fundierten Arbeit für Multiplikatoren, European workshop with Dr. Rabea Müller, Kölner Institut für Kulturarbeit und Weiterbildung / Nationale Identität und Interkulturalität, 2. Kunstpädagogentag, Kölner Institut für Kulturarbeit und Weiterbildung / Kunst und Wissenschaft. Auf der Spuren von Leonardo da Vinci, art project Dietrich Bonhoeffer Gymnasium, Bergisch Gladbach / Ich, Du und die Welt, art project with Letitia Gaba, Magistrale der Schulverwaltungsamtes Köln / 2010 Die kulturelle Vermittlung der Rezeption in den bildenden Künsten. Folgen für die Kunstbildung und die Kunsttherapie, workshop Universität zu Köln / 2009 Selbstporträts, art project with Letitia Gaba, Katholische Hauptschule Büllowstr., Köln / Das unterdrückte Talent, 1. Kunstpädagogentag, Kölner Institut für Kulturarbeit und Weiterbildung / 2007 Interferenzen, German - Romanian international project, Stiftung Keramion Frechen (cooperation) / Creativitate și Identitate, workshop Conferința Națională de Terapie prin Artă, București / 2006 Synagoga and Ecclesia, workshop with Prof. Dr. Ursula Rudnick, HkD Murten / 2005 Symbole zwischen Didaktik und kreativer Aneignung, workshop with Prof. Dr. Ursula Rudnick, RWTH Aachen / 2004 Kunst und Kreativität, workshop with Prof. Dr. Ursula Rudnick, RWTH Aachen / 2001 Kulturziegel (Symposium Zilele UAD), Deutsches Kulturzentrum Cluj Napoca / 2001 Projet personnel, with Fabrice Azzolin and Dominique Tisserandet, Universitatea de Artă și Design Cluj Napoca / 2000 ateliers d'art, intercultural workshop, École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Nantes / Mural Global, international mural art project, Agenda 21 UNESCO in Niedersachsen / Pax Danubiana, European art project coordinated by Regina Hellwig Schmid, Regensburg / 1998 Scroll Installation, international art project coordinated by Iren Jensen, Mo i Rana Norway and Los Angeles USA

Books, lectures and articles - selection
2016 -2017 Dialog in Agora. Arheologie contemporană - Zeitgenössische Archäologie (2 volumes), Editura Eikon, București, ISBN Nr. 1: 978-606-711-556-7 / 2016 Bibliotheka Engialdina 3. Teil, in Wortschau Literaturmagazin Nr. 27, ISBN: 978-3-944286-15-0 / Aspecte ale avangardei artistice la 1916 în România și Europa de Vest, Symposium Rumänische Bibliothek Freiburg / 2015 In the beginning was the Word. Logos and Metamorphosis in the creation of art, 2. International Ceramics- Biennial, Art Museum Cluj Napoca / Logos, in Wortschau Literaturmagazin Nr. 25, ISBN: 978-3-944286-13-6 / 2014 Kunstpädagogisches Arbeiten, 13. Kölner Lernfest, Komed Media Park / 2011 Rauf und Runter, opening speech to exhibition Museum Zündorfer Wehrturm, Köln / 2008 Kunst und Identität, lecture Künstlerforum Bonn / 2006 Creativitate artistică. Relaţii între artele vizuale şi terapia prin artă, Editura Presa Universitară Clujeană, Cluj Napoca, ISBN: (10) 973-610-468-0 / Receptarea în artele vizuale. Implicaţii în terapia prin artă, Editura Casa Cărţii de Ştiinţă, Cluj Napoca, ISBN: (10) 973-686-949-0 / 2005 AC/DC Projects: Schlingensief and Perjovschi in Ludwig Museum Köln, in: IDEA – Artă şi societate Nr. 22, ed. Fundația IDEA Cluj Napoca, ISSN: 1583-8293 / I am from no country, catalogue Ugly Places by Bogdan Achimescu, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville / 2004 Terapia prin artă – istoric, procedee, posibilităţi şi limite, in: Creier, cogniţie, comportament, ed. Societatea de Științe Cognitive Cluj Napoca, ISSN: 1224-8398 / 2003 European Media Art Festival Osnabrück – Björn Schülke, in: IDEA – Artă şi societate Nr. 14, ed. Fundația IDEA Cluj Napoca, ISNN: 1583-8293 / Aurelia Mihai – Das ist die Stunde, in: Balkon Nr. 13, ed. Fundația IDEA Cluj Napoca, ISSN: 1454-7872 / 2002 Evoluţie şi receptare artistică din perspectiva psihologiei cognitive, in: Imagine artistică şi creativitate plastică, coord. Gheorghe Buș, Editura Dacia, Cluj Napoca / 1998 Labirint – imagine şi trăire, Symposium Ceramics between tradition and contemporaneity, Universitatea de Artă și Design Cluj Napoca / 1996 Perspectiva contemporană asupra teoriei cromatice, National Symposium of Artistic Ceramics, Universitatea de Artă și Design Cluj Napoca / 1987 Despre apercepţie, Symposium Art Education in Romania, Universitatea de Artă și Design Cluj Napoca

Selected reviews and interviews about Dana Fabini
Dialog între arte, by Mihaiela Ilea, TVR 3 Romanian Television 18.11.2017 / Die Stille der wahren Liebe, by Jürgen Kisters, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger 12.10.2017 / Künstlerisch gestalteter Dialog, by Judith Tausendfreund, Kölnische Rundschau 12.10.2017 / Bună dimineața Transilvania, by Vasile Hotea-Fernezan, Romanian Television Cluj 12.10.16 / Dana Fabini: "Ce este arta? O amăgire cu care trăim și care ne supraviețuiește", by Lucian Ștefănescu, Radio Europa Liberă 30.07.2016 / Dezente Spuren des Lebens, by Thomas Dahl, Kölnische Rundschau 18.08.2015 / Dana Fabinis Geheimnis, by Dr. Donatella Chiancone Schneider www.donatella.chiancone.eu / Eingehüllt im Garn der Schöpfung, by Thomas Dahl, Kölnische Rundschau 19.02.2015 / Farbenfroh Frieden und Freundschaft umgesetzt, by Bernd Schöneck, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger 03.03.2011 / Die Kunst hilft beim Wachsen, by Bernd Schöneck, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger 14.05.2009 / Terapia prin artă, by Karen Sebesi, TVR 3 Romania, Nov. 2008 / Artă și terapie prin artă, by Adrian Dohotaru, Radio Cluj, Oct. 2008 / „Triplu salt“ și terapia prin artă, by Lucian Ștefănescu, Radio Europa Liberă, Prague 14 May 2008 / Kunst und Identität, by Dana Alexandra Sora, Deutsche Welle, April 2008 / Dreisprung –Triplu Salt –Troskok, Catalogue ed. Art Dialog Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Europäischen Integration durch Kunst, Bonn, April 2008 / Clujul trăit, by Prof. Dr. Ovidiu Pecican, NCN Television Cluj, July 2007 / Artă socială şi terapie, by Prof. Dr. Ovidiu Pecican, Tribuna, Cluj Napoca, 1-15.02.2007 / The School of Cluj Artists-Professors of the University of Art and Design, IDEA design & print, Cluj 2006 / Zwischen Himmel und Erde, by Prof. Dr. Ursula Rudnick, Loccumer Pelikan 4/2005 / Der Garten als Spiegel der Seele. Galerie schlägt Brücke nach Rumänien, by Alexandra Eul, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger Nr. 229, 2-3 October 2003 / Cărămida culturală, in Tribuna 220, Cluj Napoca, 7/2001 / Wandbild soll Agenda-Prozess beflügeln, Calenberger Zeitung, Barsinghausen 16.10.2000 / Pictori clujeni, Catalogue UAP (Romanian Artists’ Union), Cluj Napoca 2000 / Contemporary Graphic Art from Transylvania, Catalogue UAP Cluj 1998 / Lexiconul artiștilor români contemporani, Catalogue UAP Cluj 1998 / Medium AnnArt 5, Catalogue Baasz Foundation 1994 (RO) / Expoziție Galeria Mare UAP, by Carmen Cristian, Romanian Television Cluj, July 1993 / Recenzie Expoziție, by Vasile Igna, Tribuna nr. 80, Cluj Napoca, 10/1993 / Ecce Homo, Catalogue UAP Cluj 1992 / Lumină, apă, culoare, Catalogue UAP Romania and Hungarian Artists’ Union 1991 / Bienala Tineretului Atelier 35, Catalogue UAP 1988