Memorials for anti-communist resistance: Temporary contemporary monumental sculptures in Romania
The project ”Moving Monuments: Memorials of Anti-Communist Resistance” travels contemporary monumental sculptures to cities in Romania which either hosted detention facilities or experienced resistance movements during communist times (1946-1989): Pitești, Râmnicu Sărat, Brașov.
Curator: Cosmin Nasui
Producer: Nasui collection & gallery
The artist Catalin Badarau proposes an installation of 11 large scale sculptures in Pitești Prison, called ”Depersonalisation”. The carved-polystyrene sculptures are 3.5 metres each.
The ”Pitești Experiment” as the Prison was called, implemented by a group of prisoners under the guidance of the prison administration, was designed to “reeducate” by transforming the young political prisoners into guardians. Thousands of high-school pupils, students and intellectuals had been tortured during the Experiment, which unfolded 1949-1951.
The “Prison of Silence” Memorial in Râmnicu Sărat hosts the artwork of Bogdan Rața, called ”View from Light”. The 2.6-metre sculpture is made of polyester, fiber, synthetic resin and metal, contemporary materials the artist uses for his artworks. The sculpture represents a silhouette on its knees, with the hands showing two signs in deaf-mute language: ”God is here”.
The prison in Râmnicu Sărat was operated for several years as a transit point for political prisoners who were being transferred to other detention centres to serve their sentence. A series of representatives of political parties, clergymen, as well as other unwanted persons were afterwards incarcerated for longer periods of time in “The Prison of Silence”. Among the most famous prisoners were former leaders of democratic parties, such as Ion Mihalache, Ilie Lazăr, Victor Rădulescu Pogoneanu or Corneliu Coposu.
The artist Aurel Vlad brings his impactful 21-piece sculptural installation to the city to commemorate the 1987 Rise of Brașov, an action of protest against the economical and social tough measures imposed by Nicolae Ceaușescu. The rebellion took place at the lorry factory ”Red Flag” in Brașov.
This project ”Memorials for anti-communist resistance: Temporary contemporary monumental sculptures in Romania” is produced and organised by Nasui Collection & Gallery and co-financed by The Romanian National Cultural Administration Fund, from July 2017.
Partners: The Institute for the investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER), Pitești Memorial, The History Museum Brașov, Modernism.ro
Cosmin Nasui, curator firstname.lastname@example.org, +40723358945
Oana Ioniță Nasui, communication coordinator email@example.com, +40730040514
Nasui collection & gallery is an independent organization that collects and supports modern and contemporary art and artists. The programme ”Moving Monuments” aims to product, present and travel big scale artworks within prestigious and courageous contemporary spaces in the world.
The first project of the programme, ”Middle Way”, was presented within Independents Liverpool Biennial 2014 – Bogdan Rata, The Middle Way. The sculpture travels in 2016 in Baia Mare, Romania, short-listed candidate city for the title of European Capital of Culture 2021 and in 2017 in Cascais Lisabona, the city of the exiled kings of the 20th century.
The second project, ”Moving Monuments: Memorials of Anti-Communist Resistance”, deals with monumental sculptures moving in former communist detention spaces or in spaces commemorating anti-communist resistance events, beginning with July 2017. The artists Cătălin Bădărău, Bogdan Rața and Aurel Vlad are proposing sculptural instalations for Memorialul Inchisoarea Pitesti, Inchisoarea Tăcerii Râmnicu Sărat and the anti-communist rebellion in Brasov 1987. This project is co-financed by The Romanian National Cultural Administration Fund.