New Work in Art Magazine, Germany

June 19, 2010

In May I covered the Bucharest Biennale for Art Magazine from Hamburg.


Interesting articles on Romania 20 Years Later

November 28, 2009

Check out this one about Herta Müller from The Guardian and also this overview of the situation in Romania from The Huffington Post as the country faces a heated presidential election 20 years after the Revolution.

Romania’s Bloody Revolution: 20 Years Later

October 23, 2009

Read this piece on Romania’s Bloody Revolution: 20 Years Later.

Harrowing 1988 Time Magazine report about life in Romania

September 8, 2009

The account puts into stark relief why Romania is the way it is in 2009. Oppression was so great under Ceausescu and life became so bizarre, that no wonder Romania is a bit wild these days. The pendulum just had to swing the other way.

“Under Nicolae Ceausescu, 70, Rumanians have long been subjected to one of the world’s most repressive and eccentric regimes, a situation that is worsening as Ceausescu imposes ever greater privations on his people while indulging his wild-eyed ambitions”.

A look at Ceausescu’s Bucharest

January 12, 2009

The Romanian photographer Andrei Pandele has just come out with a book titled ‘Surprise Witness’ with pictures of Ceausescu’s Bucharest. Just fascinating!

“Obviously, we were not allowed to denounce Communism and precious few people could even comprehend its bogus rules and regulations, much less subvert slavery and find a way to express themselves. Even snapping and charming, everyday photo posed a problem. Because we had simply lost our bearings. Needless to say, any ‘political’ photography was strictly forbidden, unless officially approved. But clandestine creativity was less easy to prevent. Thus appeared Andrei Pandele, someone who systematically and subversively photographed anything and everything, with the precision of a craftsman and the discipline of a Professional. A gritty realist, but above all an artist. His range is vast – this book is no mere collection of the macabre or ghoulish. Andrei Pandele is also intrigued by lives suspended precariously above the abyss, by time and space, by the poetry of everyday objects, by things words cannot convey”. Petru Romosan.