Zicale/Romanian Sayings, a photo exhibition by Voichi Judele is taking place at the Romanian Cultural Centre in London.
Part of Roundtable Projects, the event proposes a new way of understanding Romanian culture through the medium of proverbs and photography.
Proverbs carry cultural traditions and meanings, offering a good insight into a nation’s heritage. When a proverb has an identical equivalent in a different culture one can occasionally see how local habits and folkloric wisdom transcend national borders.
Through the medium of photography, Ms. Judele has illustrated a series of Romanian proverbs.
The exhibition which kicked off on 13th February, will run until 28th February at RCC.
With her collaborators, Ms. Judele who is an anthropologist, will invite the audience to interact with a participating member of the Romanian community, to intuitively, creatively or amusingly try to grasp the deeper significance of what it is they see. Each photograph will be accompanied by a caption that quotes the proverb, but don’t look for clues there: “I cover you in egg and vinegar” sounds like a poor translation of “Te fac cu ou și cu oțet” (pictured above), and nothing more.
In order to decipher the meaning, guests will be encouraged to look into their own cultural backgrounds, to find similarities, decipher the meanings of the images or even to quickly Google an answer.
Zicale/Romanian Sayings exhibition is addressed to all who would like to engage in a conversation about collective and personal cultural traits and representations.
“We like to think that Romanian proverbs are a vivid mirror of our people’s sense of humor, wisdom and wit, and we are taking this opportunity to hear your thoughts. Join us, participate, comment and ultimately get to know who we are a little bit better,” say the organisers.
Ms. Judele feels animated by a natural curiosity to decipher the essence of life as lived. While fascinated by the relationship between people and phenomena, Ms. Judele engages her technical skills with the desire to portray people, communities and connections in the raw light of their existence. She approaches her subjects with a certain sensitivity which opens up the opportunity to tell their stories accurately, as it is expressed through their eyes or own words.
Zicale/Romanian Sayings photo exhibition is taking place at the Ratiu Family Foundation/Romanian Cultural Centre, Manchester Square, 18 Fitzhardinge Street, W1H 6EQ.
It will run until 28th February 2014. Opening hours: Mon – Fri, 11.00 am – 6.00 pm. Admission free.