The series of photographs was taken in recent years in post-Communist Romania and features also two works by Loredana Brumă. The exhibition oscillates between the slow paced rhythm of the village, with its vanishing identity, and the Romanian urban space, forever in transition, with its seemingly transforming geometry – both suspended in time.
Somewhere is the thematic silver lining: ‘waiting for the time that never comes’, of quietness, tranquillity, and nostalgia for something never quite experienced yet not completely unfamiliar – a sense of profound longing, better perhaps captured by the Romanian word ‘dor’.
Escaping those usual discursive traps, the photographers eliminate the glass walls behind which images are typically encased, and invite visitors to interact with the works by leaving their own interpretations and word associations on the card mounts. Another kind of subjectivity may emerge and new narratives on society’s developments may form through the public’s participation.
Șerban Scrieciu is an amateur photographer based in London (UK). With a background in sustainable development research and writing, his photography focuses on the built environment, patterns and varying perspectives, with an emphasis on simplicity, lighting and powerful composition. Șerban has exhibited internationally, including solo shows in Paris (France) and Cambridge (UK).
For examples of Șerban’s work please visit his website at www.serbanphoto.com
Loredana Brumă is an architect based in Paris and Bucharest. She is the initiator and coordinator of The Mourning Houses project and also the founding member of the Rhabillage Association. Since 2007 she’s been a regular contributor to Igloo Habitat & Architecture magazine.
For more details about Loredana’s work please visit her blog at loredanabruma.blogspot.co.uk/
Roundtable Projects is an open platform for cultural projects developed in partnership with the members of the Romanian community in the UK.
For more details about this programme please visit our website at www.romanianculturalcentre.org.uk
The exhibition runs until 16 November 2012
Opening hours: Mon – Fri, 12.00 – 7.00 pm, Sat 3:00 – 7:00pm