Displacement (2011)


noun ///
displacements, plural

>the moving of something from its place or position

>the removal of someone or something by someone or something else that takes their place

>the enforced departure of people from their homes, typically because of war, persecution or natural disaster

In the context of a 21st Century Romania, displacement is one of the elements of the past that is still visible in the way people act and interact – with each-other, with the environment, with themselves.
During the Communist period, the craving for industrial development has led the leaders of the country to remove thousands of people from their homes in the countryside, in order to bring them into the cities, to work in industrial factories. Twenty-two years after the fall of the Communist Regime, most of those factories have been either left empty and in the ruthless hands of time or have been replaced by supermarkets and malls. However, the people that were once brought to the cities to work for the well being of an industrial and industrious society have been left to their own devices, clustered in matchbox apartments.

Structured in three sections, this work shows a glimpse of how people have felt the need to ornate and decorate the entrances of their buildings and the windows of their blocks of flats, using lace curtains, the symbol present in most Romanian homes, a must-have for every decent family, a trademark for the Romanian conservative mentality, and at the same time, the hanging of laundry to dry, on the outside of the blocks of flats, an exhibitionist trait that apparently comes natural to everyone despite their overall almost medieval beliefs.


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