The project " A white spot II " can be seen as a continuation of the first part. This dealt with the friendship of a group of friends in Romania in the second half of the 70s. After more than 30 years, they met again in the same formation.
The current situation in Europe regarding the political and economic contrasts in Romania and Germany and the open questions about my own identity set the beginning to reconstruct a personal story.
A story like many other, typical of that time, yet personally. Despite the large archive of 2000 personal Dias it was never told.
The socialist Romania in the 80s. The controlled company is omnipresent. White spots in this surveillance apparatus are rare. Communication takes place in symbols and in the " free " nature. A group of friends in these years leaves their homes and comes 30 years later for the first time in a neutral geographical place (for them, in that given time) together, in Austria, to go skiing. Everyone brings a few slides. They look at it for the very first time together, parts of the memory to be reactivated after a long time. The meeting and the reflections of the participants were recorded and then archived and alienated. The conversations were transcribed and used as subtitles.
In the second part of the work I have accepted a challenge. As a thank you for the borrowed slides I had taken on a task. " Buy german beech trees, put them in the showroom at the Institut Francais in Stuttgart and plant them afterwards in one of the last primeval forests of Europe, in Romania. They are the living equivalent of the photographed nature (in the projected slides) that is in many places no longer recognizable today."
In this case, the exhibition space form a carrier of information, getting a new destination when the period of exhibition ends .
Illegal deforestation is a major problem in Romania, where one of the last European primeval forest stands. About four million cubic meters of wood, the government estimates, are taken illegally each year. Every hour disappear in Romania an average of three hectares of forest, shows a study by Greenpeace. And nowhere is the situation more serious than in Bukovina, reported the officials at the end of the last year. In Germany and Austria they are sold as laminate, briquettes or pellets .