Pride and Concrete (Mândrie și Beton) exhibition at Romanian Cultural Centre

Romanian Cultural Centre in London will host “Mândrie și Beton” (Pride and Concrete), a photo exhibition by Ioana Hodoiu and Petruț Călinescu.

The exhibition shows the success story of Romanians who have gone abroad to work.

It will be officially launched on 1st May 2014 at 6:30 pm with the screening of a short film "Pride and Concrete" followed by a Q&A with the creators of the project – Ioana Hodoiu and Petruț Călinescu. The launch will be moderated by Dr. Ger Duijzings.

The “Mândrie și Beton” (Pride and Concrete) photo exhibition will run from 1st May to 25th May 2014.

The lifting of the last restrictions on the English labour market applied to Romanians and Bulgarians whipped up a storm in the British media. Most politicians and media outlets focused on the expected wave of Romanian and Bulgarian workers.

They avoided talking about immigrants on a more personal level as well as the impact immigration has on the immigrants’ home countries.

“Mândrie și Beton” (Pride and Concrete) documents the socio-economic changes occurring in traditional villages, especially the ones in Țara Oașului and Maramureș, following the wave of migration abroad, in search of work.

In their project, photographer Călinescu and researcher Hodoiu have captured the tension between the first generation of immigrants, who dream of returning home and the younger ones who dream of breaking “the curse of the concrete” which forces them, according to tradition, to invest their hard-earned money in multi-floored houses in their native villages.

These big houses prevent both generations from fulfilling their dreams. Those who dream of returning to Romania are forced to work far away from their homes in order to maintain them, while those who dream of making a life abroad are forced to invest all their money in finishing these houses. And, in many cases, this can last a lifetime.

“Mândrie și Beton” (Pride and Concrete) will take place at the Romanian Cultural Centre, Manchester Square, 18 Fitzhardinge Street, London W1H 6EQ, from 1st to 25th May 2014. Opening hours: Mon – Fri, 11.00 am – 6.00 pm. Admission free.

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