Irina Botea (born 1970) uses multiple media—digital video, film, video installation, performance, photography— to inspect the present socio-political dynamics and the possibility of their transformation. Her work combines reenactment strategies with auditions and elements of direct cinema and cinema verite to look into the role trauma, history, language, and music play in the formation of the individual and the community.
She has a master degree from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago where she is currently teaching.
"In her videos, Botea very often refers to modes of re-enactment and role-play; but her main target is not to create a fiction that is taken for reality. Her interest lies in the reality of the performance and the authentic individuality of the performers." (Oliver Kielmayer)