Alina Lupu, born 1985 in Romania, is a post-conceptual artist and writer. She has a background in psychology, photography and an incomplete education in fine arts. Through a paperwork mishandling committed by the housing corporation Ymere, she still resides in Amsterdam, 6 years and counting, in spite of a wave of encroaching gentrification. A fluke. As of December 2018, she´s had the fortune of getting funded by the local Dutch authorities through the Mondriaan Fond. Before that and throughout putting together most of these texts, she was alternately employed and contracted by Deliveroo, Helpling, Foodora, Uber, Hanze Groningen, Willem de Kooning Rotterdam, de Taart van m´n Tante, and Poké Perfect Amsterdam. Her pension will eventually total a bit over 2 Euros per month.
What resulted is a collection of texts about the precariousness of working and living as an artist. The novella goes through real and imagined situations touching upon the fragility of the artistic profession and the many compromises that one is subjected to along the way when embarking on it.
Published by Alina Lupu, designed by Andreea Peterfi, Amsterdam, 2019
160 pages, 16 x 11.5 cm