Alina Popa

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Alina Popa (1 February 1982, Ploiești - 1 February 2019) was a Romanian artist who moved between choreography, theory, and contemporary art. She was a cofounder of The Bureau of Melodramatic Research (BMR) and co-initiator of the ArtLeaks platform. Her political and artistic research centered on affect theory, the relationship between neoliberalism and melodrama, and the ideological ties between mountaineering and nationalism.

Popa studied finance at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies (2000-2004) before studying painting, cinematography, and photography at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Bucharest (2003-2009). At the BMR, which she founded together with Irina Gheorghe in 2009, she researched the ways in which emotion is gendered and feminized, created work that addresses the effects of capitalism in contemporary society, and formed an online platform that aims to amplify the voices of cultural workers whose labor rights have been violated.

She had shown and performed at various institutions, such as MUMOK, Vienna; DEPO, Istanbul; and Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin. She lived and worked in Bucharest.

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