by Michel Mazzoni
co-published by alt editions & MER Paper Kunsthalle
Dumitru is a project that started in 2015. The corpus of images that composes it comes mainly from archives relating to the period of the reign of the Ceaucescu dictatorship in Romania (1974/1989). Missed Utopias, lost dreams, technologies that have become obsolete … For four years, I drew on these images, scrutinized and enlarged their surfaces, revisited places by making new shots, trying out new assemblies, such as a montage game, until evidence emerges.
The book is a posthumous tribute to Dumitru Bedeleu who had meticulously kept these documents and without whom I could not have realized it. This was for me a starting point, to experiment with new data and come to hinder the purely documentary nature of photography.
Read the “People. Not Pages” mini-interview with Michel →
- Artwork: Michel Mazzoni
- Graphic design: Neutre
- Text: Excerpt from the poem La paupière philosophale, Ghérasim Luca
- Printing: Cassochrome