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RIRI


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

Târgul „100 de Tradiții Românești”
15 – 17 noiembrie




Fundația Kogaion 115 organizează târgul „100 de Tradiții Românești”, în curtea Muzeului Național al Țăranului Român din București, în perioada 15 – 17 noiembrie 2019. Programul de vizitare este între orele 10.00 și 18.00. Intrarea este liberă!
 

Vizitatorii sunt așteptați la târg de către meșterii populari și tinerii artizani participanți cu ceramică, ii cusute cu mătase, icoane, măști populare, mic mobilier pictat, obiecte de decor din sticlă pictată, vitralii, gravuri, sculpturi în marmură, bijuterii din porțelan sau din alamă, cojoace și căciuli din blană naturală, vestimentație din lână împâslită, rochii de mătase sau bumbac pictate manual, hăinuțe din lână și jucării din lemn pentru copii, cosmetice făcute doar cu ingrediente naturale și bineînțeles flori proaspete. Făuritor de instrumente muzicale tradiționale, meșterul Albu va încânta publicul cu doine cântate la fluier.
 

Toate regiunile țării sunt prezente prin produse gastronomice specifice fiecăreia. Prăjituri de casă, plăcinte și cornete boierești, pâine coaptă pe vatră, brânzeturi de capră și de oaie, murături și dulcețuri pe alese, diferite sortimente de miere, fructe și legume proaspăt culese... acestea sunt doar câteva dintre bunătățile pe care puteți să le descoperiți la târg.
 

Din lăzile de zestre ale bunicilor, anticarii aduc la târg costume populare autentice, covoare oltenești, carpete sau ștergare cu alesături.
 

Bucătarii vor găti mâncăruri din cele mai gustoase: borș de pește, sarmale și varză călită cu jumări și mămăliguță, mușchiuleț de porc la ceaun cu mujdei, ciuperci cu brânză de burduf, pastramă și păstrăv la grătar.



Organizator târg - Fundația Kogaion 115
Director de marketing – Ligia Marica
Mobil: 0722 274 803
e-mail: ligia_marica@yahoo.com

 




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