History. Pain. Dust.
series of photographs / slideshow installation
I first discovered Sala Omnia invited by the artistic duo mutual loop from Graz, interested to involve in their collaborative project Omission possible artists from the Romanian art scene (you can check this link).
The building was designed by architect Cezar Lăzărescu (1923-1986) in 1967 as an annex to the headquarters of the Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party, where party conferences were originally held. Over the last 30 years, Sala Omnia has housed the Romanian Senate and the Ion Dacian National Operetta Theatre.
Even in a bad shape, you can still imagine the place in the 70s and 80s.
You can identify elements of architecture and design of folkloric inspiration, beautifully crafted and produced with very good materials. All covered in a heavy layer of dust.
My reaction to their invitation was to go home and fill a suitcase with clothes that matched the fashion possibilities of the 80s and reflect on the ideological/political context. I set my camera on the tripod and tried to imagine women walking into this building. Who were they? I thought of the secretaries who worked for the men in power and the women who came here trying to solve difficult situations for their husbands and families. How they were treated and what experiences they went through.
This series of performative photographs explore [her]stories of trauma and abuse superimposed over the history of a space of political power.