Oana Clitan’s multidisciplinary work investigates topics related to technology, media and communication.

Using worldbuilding and experimental narratives, she builds fantastical scenarios which explore how technology materializes as part of power structures and how it influences both public and private spaces.

She often repurpose and remixes existing content, whether it's contemporary imagery sourced from the internet or archival materials, weaving a web of pop-culture references. Her work blends and contrasts different mediums in order to highlight the stark contrasts of how we engage with the digital world. Her projects range from multi-screen installations to textiles, digital drawings and AI-generated videos.

Born in Romania, she is currently based in Rotterdam, NL.


Solo exhibitions
2023 - Open Studio / Birth of OPPER / Spatium Vacuum (PHĒNO, Thessaloniki, Greece)
2019 - "...All else is poor translation" (White Cuib, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
2017 - Goodbye Expectations (Visual Kontakt gallery, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
2017 - Kitsch Speech (Stroop Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL)

Group exhibitions
  • 2024
  • Object Rotterdam (HAKA gebouw Rotterdam, NL)

  • 2022    
  • Ars Electronica festival (V2_ Garden) (Linz, Austria)
  • T(HUIS) - Rotterdam Architecture Month (Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, NL)
  • Visions of 010 melting (Pixels of Lost Time and Space) @ Motel Mozaïque festival (Theater Rotterdam, NL)
  • Was uns betrifft // Wat ons betreft (Gallery Ursula Walter & Gallery Raskolnikow, Dresden, DE)

Was uns betrifft // Wat ons betreft (Het Archief, Rotterdam, NL)
Deep Truth (Rijksmuseum Twenthe / GOGBOT, Enschede, NL)
Test_Lab: Summer Sessions 2021 / Kunstavond XL (V2, Rotterdam, NL)
Mind Over Matter (Technische Sammlungen, Dresden, DE)

The New Curent (Spaanse Kubus, Rotterdam, NL)
MOONMOON (Space 101, Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Open Archief (Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, NL)
Open Archief - Dutch Design Week (Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL)
LEX4.1 (duo with Nicole Sciarone, Galerie Lecq, Rotterdam, NL)
Apa Kabar? What's New? (MAMA, Rotterdam, NL)

Hubbub le Scope Palermo (Borderline Palermo, Palermo, Italy)
Permeable Boundaries (Plexus Projects, Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Elektro Arts Festival (Gallery Casa Matei, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)
Testival / Time Weekend (Time Window, Rotterdam, NL)

Hubbub le Scope (Wolfart Project Space, Rotterdam, NL)
Anthropomorphism of Media (Dynamo Artist Association, Vancouver BC, CA)
WALLPAPER project by MAMA and Art Baby Gallery (Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam, NL)

Zine Club reading room / VABF Fundraiser (Remington Gallery, Vancouver, Canada)

2015Paranormal activity - disambiguation (Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada)
Gif Arts Festival Los Angeles (Coaxial, Los Angeles, USA)

Wereld van het Witte de With Kwartier Festival (Witte de Withstraat, Rotterdam, NL)

Vancouver Art / Book Fair by Project Space (Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Canada)

Revealing the Network (Electron, Breda, The Netherlands)

Artist residencies2023 - PHĒNO, Thessaloniki, Greece
2021 - Summer Sessions at V2_ Lab for Unstable Media, Rotterdam, NL
2020 - C. Rockefeller Center for the Contemporary Arts, Dresden, Germany
2018 - Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, USA
2017 - Visual Kontakt gallery (HAUS residency), Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Rijksoverheid (The Government of The Netherlands)

Grants and
supported projects
CBK O&O - Research & Development (project grant for 'Birth of OPPER')
Stimuleringsfonds Open Residency grant ('Dear April / Birth of OPPER')

Stimuleringsfonds Experiment Grant ('Pixels of lost time and space')
Gemeente Rotterdam (scenario grant for 'Electrons')
Makersloket, Stichting Droom & Daad (project grant for 'Electrons')
CBK O&O - Research & Development (project grant for 'All The Feels')

Stimuleringsfonds Design Grant (project grant for 'All The Feels')
Amarte Fonds (project grant for 'All The Feels')
CBK PPR grant (project grant for 'All The Feels')
grant for residency from Goethe-Institut Niederlande and CBK Rotterdam

Open Archief - project at Het Nieuwe Instituut and Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (supported by Mondriaan Fonds)

2017, 2018
IBB travel grants from CBK Rotterdam

Romanian Cultural Institute New York: support for projects abroad

Artist talks, lectures2023
Artist talk at PHĒNO (Thessaloniki, Greece)

Netwerk Digitaal Erfgoed - Makers Programma: uit de praktijk van makers

Thursday Night Live - Open Archief (Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, NL)
Media Summer Night / Dutch Media Week (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum, NL)

GIFS - Media Summer Night (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum, NL)Artist talk at Garage Cafe #6 (Garage Rotterdam, NL)

Digital Exquisite Corpse (Dynamo Arts Association, Vancouver, Canada)
Goodbye Expectations (Conversas Rotterdam, NL)

lecture at AKV St Joost (Breda, The Netherlands)

MediaElectrons on the Threshold @ Summer Sessions 2021 / V2_ Lab
Future news, official screens @ Rijksmuseum Twenthe
Open Archief 2019 Publication (in Dutch)
Shifting Language in Tubeligh magazine

FeaturesArs Electronica 2023 catalogue, Fast Company / Co.Design, Pop-Up City, Women of Graphic Design, Design Indaba, We Heart, Typism book, Illustration daily

AKV|St.Joost in Breda, the Netherlands (Master in Graphic Design)

University of Art and Design from Cluj-Napoca, Romania (BA Graphic Arts)
Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Rennes, France (Visual Communication, Erasmus grant)

Professional positions2013 - present - independent artist and designer
2018 - 2019 - initiator of Pulse by Oana Clitan
2016 - 2017 - Co-organizer at Conversas Rotterdam
2015 - Coordinator at Open Set - Dutch Design Summer School
2014 - one of the initiators and member of the Wecup collective.
© Oana Clitan 2024