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Night study #1 2006

Night photographs in the city of Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. 48 color and bl/w inktjet prints, 100x70 cm each.


The Chisinau night is dense and heavy, with no lampposts illuminating the streets, due to the serious powershortage and economical stress Moldova has been under since the end of the civil war with the illegal Republic of Transnistria. Seldomly, a car passes by, and one can, for a brief moment, see the uneven pavement under ones feet as well as a few yards in the distance. Using the camera as a tool of discovery proper, I took long walks at night, flashing into the darkness in front of me, so as to unveil it in a certain sense, or to make my own presence known. The photographs in the resulting series, which I could only discover upon my return home, once the negatives were developed, show the moment of the flash with whatever scene happened to be there at the same time I was. Every photograph, depicts a splitsecond of 'lighting up the darkness' - a single moment, that can not be recalled or relived. In this sense, it is not a place, but time itself that has been photographed. At the same time, however, these images are a factual and metaphorical document of a city forgotten between two major political interests, the European and the former Sovjet. Moldova, it seems, doesn't fit in either, and is therefore lost inbetween both.
Night study #1 Installation View Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten 2008.


Night photographs in the city of Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. 48 color and bl/w inktjet prints, 100x70 cm each.
Night photographs in the city of Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. 48 color and bl/w inktjet prints, 100x70 cm each.
Night photographs in the city of Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. 48 color and bl/w inktjet prints, 100x70 cm each.



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Thank you to Ron Sluik/Irina Grabovan, Aorta Residency, Chisinau, MD. and van Zoetendaal Gallery, Amsterdam, NL. Private Collection.