Day 5. Amsterdam


Day 5 took me to Raluca Tudorache’s graduation ceremony at Gerrit Rietveld Academy. The graduating students were having their instalations exhibited inside and their movies screened in a little improvised cinema in the school’s courtyard. Raluca’s instalation, “The Opression of a Utopia”, was dealing with the theme of Communism in Romania. A concrete tortionary table that most Dutch people thought was sort of a pool table was welcoming the viewers. Then inside a dark room, a series of photos was displayed, depicting Raluca’s body in front of some projections of pictures from the Romanian Revolution. You could feel that she was participating emotionally, naked as an infant and free as a woman, to the liberation movement. There’s more in that room, there’s irony, there’s sadness and there’s hope, but it’s to be experienced, not described.

After the graduation ceremony we had some drinks right on the tortionary table. Time has a way of burrying the suffering, of twisting symbols and art has a way of pushing lives forward.


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