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HORIA BERNEA

One of the greatest contemporary Romanian painters, whose exhibitions inside and outside the country remained permanent landmarks in the field. From 1990 to his death in 2000 he was director of the Romanian Peasant Museum. He established an original style in European ethnomuseography which he liked to call nascent or flickering museology.
I learned from him that you must not hurry or get stubborn when you want to accomplish a project. You first have to think about it really well, to see if your initial idea is correct. Nobody saw better than he did. Then you should consult with others, preferably with those whom you know to have different opinions. Then you try to take into account all these remarks, arguing against those you reject and including those that can enrich the project. Then you wait, germinate, preparing the illumination. For Horia Bernea, illumination meant the conviction that the idea was convergent with the faith – freely chosen to be the Christian faith. Only then, the project could start the adventure of the mise-en-oeuvre. Only then, could the miracle of the formation of the team happen. I haven’t yet met anyone so capable of constructing little punctual families with people, all too human, to transform their weaknesses in creativity, their complexes in personal style, their frustrations in a new enthusiasm, their preferences in wish for collective accomplishment.
He was not afraid to shock, to irritate, to incite. He contaminated us with courage by asking difficult questions – what do you see here? What do you think about this? What do you understand? Why don’t you like it? – or by simply inviting us to contradict him. It wasn’t and it is still not easy. But nothing that we do at the museum under his wing is easy.

Ioana Popescu

MARTOR nr. 24/2019 // Politics of Memory: the Collecting, Storage, Ownership and Selective Disclosure of Archival Material






A apărut numărul 24/2019 al revistei MARTOR, „Politics of Memory: the Collecting, Storage, Ownership and Selective Disclosure of Archival Material”, volum coordonat de Corina Iosif, Bogdan Iancu și Iris Șerban. Tema numărului din acest an cuprinde 14 studii ce se opresc asupra arhivei percepută dintr-o triplă perspectivă: ca un loc de memorie (în continuarea direcției propuse de istoricul francez Pierre Nora în 1997), ca un act procesual şi drept o structură instituţională integrată unui anumit context politic, social şi cultural. Volumul se încheie cu trei recenzii a unor titluri de referință în domeniu.
Revista se găsește online integral la adresa: http://martor.muzeultaranuluiroman.ro/

Prețul: 26,25 lei.

CUPRINS:


Corina Iosif, Bogdan Iancu
Introduction. Inside and Outside the Archive: the Uses of Archives and Archival Practice

I. In the Beginning Was the Archive: Storing as Production of Memory
Mădălina Vârtejanu-Joubert
Débuts de la photographie, débuts de l’archive photographique : Bonfils au Harvard Semitic Museum

Viviana Iacob
Looking for Bauh: Negatives and Prints in the Romanian Peasant Museum Image Archive

Alexandru Iorga
Archives as Ruins: Means of Understanding the Future in an Era of Wrecks

II. Archives: the Purposes of Remembering, the Purposes of Forgetting
Maria Cristache
The “Socialist Modernism” Platform: Online Archives and Knowledge Production in Central and Eastern Europe

Inis Shkreli
Communist Politics of Archives: The Case of the Ethnomusicology Archive at the Institute of Folk Culture in Tirana

Astrid Cambose
“Whose Property Are My Letters?” Inside Monica Lovinescu and Virgil Ierunca’s Archive

Raluca Mateoc
The Aliyah of 1949: Unpublished Migration Requests of Jews from Romania as Vehicles of Memory

III. People and the Never-Ending Archive
Claudia Câmpeanu, Mara Mărăcinescu
Sounding Out the Personal Archive

Iris Șerban, Ioana Popescu, Andra Tarara
The Little White/Black Book of the Ethnological Archive of the Museum of the Romanian Peasant. 2009-2019

Rucsandra Pop, Alexandru Iorga
Making the Documents Speak - A Creative Exploration of the Mihai Pop Fonds

IV. The Archive as Artistic Language
Iosif Király
When Document Becomes Art and Art Becomes Document. Several Art Projects Based on Photographic Collections or Archives

Szilárd Miklós
The Passenger Retrospective of the Minerva Press Photo Archive: Publishing of a Research Infrastructure

V. Fieldnotes and Dialogues
Ionuț Mareș
“Now is the time to include the films produced by the Alexandru Sahia documentary studio in our conversations about the communist past.” An interview with Adina Brădeanu

Călina Bârzu
Reclaiming the Visual Archive of the Furniture Factory in Iași

VI. Book Reviews

Alexandra Urdea, From Storeroom to Stage: Romanian Attire and the Politics of Folklore, New York and Oxford: Berghahn Publishers, 2018, 210 p.
(reviewed by Călin Cotoi)

Inge Daniels, What Are Exhibitions For? An Anthropological Approach, London and Oxford: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019, 256 p.
(reviewed by Gabriela Nicolescu)

Sahia Vintage 5: Ephemeral Film - An Argument for a More Inclusive Film History
(reviewed by Andra Petrescu)






 




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