Irina Gheorghe works primarily with performance, in combination with drawing, installation or video, to address the tensions inherent in the attempts to speak about things beyond our possibilities of observation, from extraterrestrial life to hypothetical planets. Her work explores the notion of deviation as a technique of estranging the everyday, abstraction as a language for interstellar communication and the absurd as the mood of interaction to a world beyond perception. Since 2009, Irina Gheorghe has also been working with Alina Popa as part of the artist duo The Bureau of Melodramatic Research to investigate how passions shape contemporary society, as well as our affective relationship to an unhuman universe.
Her work has been shown at: Swimming Pool, Sofia; Nida Art Colony, Neringa (LT); Changing Room, Berlin; Romanian Cultural Institute, Berlin; Zona Sztuki Aktualnej, Szczecin; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris; CCA Derry~Londonderry; Chapter Thirteen/Glasgow International; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; HOME Manchester; Salonul de Proiecte, Bucharest; CAC Vilnius; TRAFO, Budapest; S A V V Y Contemporary, Berlin; Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York; Times Museum, Guangzhou; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest; Skolska 28, Prague; BAK, Utrecht; DEPO, Istanbul; and Galeria Posibila, Bucharest; among others. She studied painting and photography at the National University of Arts Bucharest and is currently a PhD in practice candidate at GradCAM, with support from the Fiosraigh Scholarship Program of TU Dublin.