Over the past ten years Irina Botea has been engaged in an art practice that uses multiple media to inspect socio-political dynamics and the possibility of transformation. Botea’s artistic methodology combines reenactment strategies, simulated auditions, elements of direct cinema and cinéma vérité. She develops her works through a process of collaboration in which the performers are active participants in the process, and as a filmmaker her role is in constant flux, shifting from an observational to a reflective, participatory and performative mode. Solo and group shows include: 55th Venice Bienniale, New Museum, New York, MUSAC (Museum of Contemporary Art of Castilia and Leon), National Gallery Jeu de Paume, Paris; Kunsthalle Winterthur, Reina Sofia National Museum, Madrid; Gwangju Biennale 2010, U -Turn Quadriennial, Copenhagen; 51st Venice Biennale; Prague Bienale; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; Casa Encendida, Madrid; Salzburger Kunstverein, HMKV Halle, Dortmund; Casino de Luxembourg; Kunstforum, Vienna; Foksal Gallery, Warsaw, Argos Center for Art and Media, Brussels; MNAC (National Museum of Contemporary Art), Bucharest; Museum of Contemporary Art, Szczecin, Poland, Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowki Castle, Warsaw. Festivals: Artefact Festival, Leuven, Rotterdam Film Festival, Impakt Panorama, Utrecht; Polis Adriatic Europe Festival; Awards: Impakt Film Festival Silver Award, International Residence at Recollets, Cite des Arts, Paris, Constantin Brancusi Fellowship, AAUW International fellowship, PEO, International Peace Fellowship, UAP Award (Romanian Union of Artists Award); UNESCO-ASCHBERG Bursaries for Artists. Bibliography: Flash Art; Kunstforum; Arhitext; Trends in Romania After 1989, etc. She resides in Chicago and Bucharest.