In ETERNAL PLAY documentary film there are two different spaces in Chisinau presented: “Eternity” Memorial, a huge and monumental space that is filled one single time a year, during the 9th of May celebrations, and the chess players’ square situated on Mateevici str. that is constantly full and active.
The Memorial was inaugurated in 1975 by Soviet authorities. At that time it was bearing the name of “Victory” Memorial as a tribute to those who died for the “Great war for the homeland defense”, which fact gives birth to various interpretations and transforms this place into a “tribune” for political manifestations, in the context in which the actual territory of Republic of Moldova was a subject to consequent annexations and geo-political experiments. In contrast to it, the chess players’ square is nothing more than a segment of a street transformed into an open-air chess club by a group of citizens. As a follow up of the obscure privatization processes from 90s and formation of the capital, the old chess club that was situated at the entrance of Valea Morilor Lake (old name Comsomolist Lake) was demolished and a luxury private space was built instead of it. Despite the fact that the chess players’ square is lacking any infrastructure this place attracts players even throughout the cold period of the year.
In her film Paula explains the character of those two spaces through the voice of the people who feel related to them. In the same time the film articulates the notions of conflict and struggle and places them in various contexts.
Both situations, once compared, explain better to which extend the politics is able to deprive the local community of public spaces that would respond to citizens’ current needs.