|Sonja Klug on Mon, 11 Jan 1998 00:22:22 +0000|
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I am presently planning on doing a photo documentary project in Romania. I am contacting ROMANIAN WRITERS, STUDENTS, ARTITS OR ANYBODY ELSE WHO IS INTERESTED IN WRITING ABOUT ROMANIA in order to ask to write about the situation of their country and how they feel about it. Taking their written work as a script I want to interpret it with photographic images of Romania. I want to produce a piece of work in close collaboration with people from Romania. I would like as many people as possible to participate. I am interested in how people experience the present situation in Romania, particularly how the political interacts with and influences the private. The texts could be personal or political, general or specific, it could be a story or facts, in prose or poetry, a few lines or a few pages. I don't mind whether it is written in Romainian, English or German language. Furthermore I would be most grateful if you could put me in contact with anybody else who might be interested in this project, or anybody who could provide me with further contacts, or information. I include the proposal with more detailed information of this project. I am looking forward to hearing from you soon, (the sooner the better, because I will be travelling to Romania already in late March, so I would need the material very soon) Just send me an e-mail, or fax me on the fax-number below. Yours sincerely, Sonja Klug ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sonja Klug 7 Beverley Gardens Wembley HA9 9RD Middx Tel: 0044-181-357-8945 Fax: 0044-171-911-5952 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Romania (working title) Context and Content Nearly ten years ago the news about the cracks and the fall of the iron curtain swept the world. Now, a decade later, I want to explore how the political moves effect and have effected the people and how their lives have changed. I am particular interested in Romania due to its spirited people, its interesting and varied history and its rich and colourful tradition. For this project I will produce a piece of cross-cultural work, done in collaboration with young writers from Romania. I am contacting writers, students, journalists, poets, philosophers, teachers and artists from Romania, asking them to write (prose or poetry) about how they see the present situation of their country, how they feel about it, in which light they view the changes and where they place themselves in the history of events of their country. In the beginning of April I will travel to Bucharest in Romania for approximately four weeks, and "translate" their written work into images, illustrating and interpreting their work with photographs. I want to work closely together with the authors in order to get feedback about the photos I take. Aims and Objectives The emphasis in this project is not only on the meaningful changes in this fascinating country, but also on the collaboration between countries and artists. It is about exploring the approaches and ways of expression of young artists from a different cultural background and how they engage with their present situation. I am convinced it will be a very inspiring and stimulating experience. With this project I want to promote cross-cultural understanding and collaboration and, more than anything else, communication. I want to explore photography in its possibilities and limitations as a means of communication. With this juxtaposition of photography and literature I want to show, question and challenge the potential, interaction and differences of these two mediums. I believe that they can complement each other, and, together represent a more complete and fulfilled picture. Audience Primarily the work will be produced for an exhibition in Romania, in London and possibly in other places in Europe. The work is aimed at anybody curious about different cultures in general and Romania in particular, or anybody with an interest in photography and literature. I hope produce work that a very broad audience will find inspiring, with the emphasis and context being documentary, rather than fine art. However this obviously also depends to a large extent on the material I obtain. Exhibition and Presentation This depends largely on the material I will obtain. The photos will be shot on 35mm colour negative film, probably printed on A4 glossy paper and displayed behind glass. Schedule Between now and late March I will be establishing contacts with Romania via letters and the internet. The internet seems to offer superb possibilities of communication across Europe, and I will try to incorporate this new medium in my project (by documenting the correspondence via the internet, getting feedback about the editing, and finally making the exhibition available on the internet). But ultimately this depends on whether the authors I will be working with, have access to the internet and the necessary software. Looking at the research I have done so far I got the impression that the people of Romania have a strong cultural and artistic interest, and are very keen on inter-cultural exchange. I am confident that I will have established a network by the end of March. I plan to travel to Bucharest end of March and stay there for about four weeks, which should give me time to meet the artists, shoot, discuss my work with them, and reshoot. The following six weeks remain for the planning of the exhibition, printing, editing, and framing. I am sure that it will be an interesting, inspiring and stimulating experience and I am very much looking forward to it.