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Paolo Pellegrin Ștefan Bănică's concert at Sala Palatului (Palace Hall). Bucharest, Romania. 2018. © Paolo Pellegrin | Magnum Photos
Thomas Dworzak Securitate Archive Popesti-Leordeni. Album with Romanian Secret Service, Securitate, pictures taken in front of and around the US library between 1982-88. The library was allowed to open also with (...)
Thomas Dworzak Military Baracks where N. and E. Ceausescu were executed on 25.12.1989. Romania. 2018/04. © Thomas Dworzak | Magnum Photos
Alec Soth Chicran's Bedroom. Bucharest, Romania. 2018. © Alec Soth | Magnum Photos
Paolo Pellegrin Saraiu, Constanța County. Romania. 2018. © Paolo Pellegrin | Magnum Photos

How should Romania be represented today, 30 years after the Revolution? What realities, but also what perspectives can this region have?

The EIDOS Foundation in Bucharest has given carte blanche to five Magnum photographers – Thomas Dworzak, Paolo Pellegrin, Alec Soth, Bieke Depoorter and Newsha Tavakolian – to deliver their portraits of the country alongside the photographic work of Cristian Movilă – EIDOS Foundation’s founder. The project will be manifested in an exhibition, at the National Museum of Art of Romania, and as an accompanying book: Romanias. The exhibition is to be curated by Florian Ebner, chief curator of photography at the Centre Georges Pompidou.

Despite the difference in methods and styles, in subjects and interests, the authors share a vision of Romania that is summarized in the project’s  plural title: Romanias. For it is difficult today to speak of a single Romania. Several countries, several realities, seem to exist or to coexist simultaneously. What the photographers also share is this journey through Romania: the mission of crossing this country transversally, representing its landscapes, its society, its history, its present, its imagination.

What will we discover in 30 years in these six photographic essays that each in their own way cover the Romania of today? These pieces of cutting and crossing through society offer not only a transversal image of Romania, they are also strewn with latent signs that only the future will reveal.

The book Romanias, which features the six photographic essays, will be released during the exhibition. This project is a collaboration between the EIDOS Foundation, a non-profit organization, and Magnum Photos.