The book-album Bucureștiul mutilat (Mutilated Bucharest, 2018) offers an anthology of over 150 photographs taken by Andrei Pandele and several dozen others by some of his friends and colleagues (Dan Vartanian, Dan Dinescu, Sorin Vasilescu, Peter Derer, Şerban Lăcriţeanu, Andrei Bîrsan, Nic Hanu, and Radu Ştefănescu). Through a photographic discourse of great visual and emotional impact, the book presents the most important landmarks in the terrible operation of mutilation and uglification of the capital in the last years of Romanian communism. It also draws attention, through some dozens of photographs, to some important aspects of everyday life during communism in the period 1975–1989, especially in Bucharest. “On the orders of a primitive and megalomaniac tyrant, more was demolished in peace time than that was destroyed by two world wars and two major earthquakes (those of 1940 and 1977),” states Andrei Pandele. Bucureștiul mutilat tells the story of many of the areas demolished according to the directions of the Ceaușescu couple, and is in a way an act of justice on the level of history inasmuch as the photographs in the book represent part of the memory lost and the beauty destroyed, savagely, in Bucharest by communism. In short, it is a photographic commemoration of the destructions ordered by the officials of the communist regime in the 1980s, as a consequence of which a large part of the centre of the capital was truly mutilated. In basic, concrete terms: 5.86 km2 of the historic centre demolished; 1.66 km2 turned to waste ground overgrown with weeds; approximately 20,000 properties destroyed; over 60,000 families forced to move; 19 streets blocked or no longer existing at all; Orthodox churches, monasteries, synagogues, and other monuments wiped from the face of the earth; eight churches translated and hidden among apartment blocks. The book Bucureștiul mutilat was published, to a high graphic standard, at the most prestigious publishing house in Romania, Humanitas, and enjoyed considerable public and media exposure. The principal moment of public debate regarding the volume was moderated by Cristian Pătrășconiu, a researcher in the COURAGE H2020 project.
The collection was made after an interview with Vytautas Umbrasas about the Student Scientific Society at Vilnius University. During the first interview (on 17 January 2018), Umbrasas mentioned briefly that he may have some letters and documents about the society's activities, and correspondence with Mart Laar. The researcher of the project Grybkauskas stressed the importance of this kind of documentation. During the second interview (25 January 2018), Umbrasas gave letters, drafts and other documents to the researcher to be deposited in the archives of the Lithuanian Institute of History, thus establishing the collection.
The members of the punk band Paraf in 1977 wrote "Paraf/punk" as graffiti on a stairway in Rijeka. At the initiative of Velid Đekić, in 2018 this graffiti was protected by the Rijeka city council as a cultural property of local significance. The City of Rijeka also paid for the restoration of graffiti. Thanks to Đekić, graffiti is today considered a monument that marks the beginning of the punk counterculture in Rijeka. Graffiti is, with its coarse appearance, fully consistent with the principles of the punk rock movement that wants to disrupt imposed social boundaries.
Since the graffiti was created before the first official concert by the punk band Paraf, it may be concluded that with this graffiti the band wanted to herald the emergence of a new musical expression, i.e. the change that punk rock signified on the Rijeka music scene at the time. How much ahead of its time this was is reflected in the fact that today graffiti is considered a part of pop culture and is used regularly to announce or criticize socially significant events.
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Currently, the foundation included in its digital archive 2.275 digitalised photos and it aims at 2020 to create a complete digital archive of the works of the artist. The current digitalised material includes photos that cover various snapshots of everyday life in East-Berlin starting from the 1970s until the beginning of the 1990s. The themes cover issues such as youth culture and church, people and alternative lifestyle, neighborhoods in East-Berlin and its crumbling architecture among many others.
The process of digitalisation is currently carried out by the Association Ost-Kreuz whose purpose is to ensure the process of conservation and restoration of the material, the documentation and listing, and nevertheless to carry out the process of digitalisation. The costs for the digitalisation processes are covered by the Foundation.
The purpose of the digitalisation process is to facilitate the wider access of the public to the photographic documentation of the most significant photographer from the GDR, who strongly conflicted with the regime. It aims therefore not only to ensure the preservation of such valuable documentation but also to contribute to the political education of youth.
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