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Irina Nicolau, ethnologist and writer, co-organizer, together with Horia Bernea, of the Romanian Peasant Museum, coordinator of 6 volumes of oral memory, author of 8 books of alternative ethnology, creator of object-books, clothes and jewels; she loved kitsch objects, she loved her friends and she loved to play.

One day, it must have been nineteeneightysomething, I received a letter from Irina. She had managed to travel to Athens, to visit her aunt. I must also tell that she had first received an official negative answer from the Passport Department and she had been forced to request an audience at the Militia, hoping she would change their mind. She prepared thoroughly, she combed her hair back, tied it with a white ribbon and gathered it at the back of her neck, she wore a blue shirt with a white little collar, a straight dress, no make-up, she removed her famous rings and she took care that she looks stupid and poor. I don’t remember what she told the officer or whoever, but she finally obtained the passport. And thus I return to the letter I received from Athens! An elegant envelope, smelling of occidental glue, that I opened respectfully with the coupe-papier, only to find a piece of toilet paper inside, written upon with brown ink: THIS IS EXACTLY HOW I FEEL HERE. RIRI

Much later, in 2000, we made an album on Sibiel icons together with a younger friend. Thanks to Irina’s design, the book turned out to be a beautiful object. However, because of the bad binding, the colorful pages would fly away at the first skimming through the volume. Every time she gave the book as a present, Irina would write in the dedication: TO BE READ PREFERABLY CLOSED. RIRI

What is there to learn from these two stories? Well, first of all, that Irina Nicolau felt she was RIRI; secondly, that she had the gift of writing the essential, in simple words, short and very telling; thirdly, that she liked to work with her friends. And, in general, that she knew how to transform the unpleasant and the mistake in funny and memorable accidents.

Unfortunately, most of her books appeared in minuscule number of copies and where thus read mainly by her friends (Irina gave away as gifts everything she received as author’s rights and then bought some more so she could continue to make presents) and borrowed by her friends’ friends. The generous friendship, floating around her like mist led to a phenomenon manifest only after she left us: a sui generis community was formed of very different people who feel close to each other only by virtue of the feelings she had unveiled in them; some had just discovered her, other had known her for a long time and grew apart for whatever reasons; some, very young, were professionally formed by her, others adopted her (or were adopted?) as close relative.

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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