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Ioana Cîrlig May 14, 2015

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Romania.
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Factory worker in Atelierele Centrale factory.  Gura Barza, Romania. 2013

Ioana Cîrlig (b. 1987, Romania) studied Cinematography in Bucharest. Since 2012 she has been working on independent long-term documentary projects and the Post-Industrial Stories project traveling around the country and documenting life in Romania’s mono industrial communities. Her photographs have been published in LensCulture, Inge Morath Magazine, F-Stop Magazine, Feature Shoot and Archivo. Her work has been exhibited in Romania (Bucharest, Cluj, Bistrita) and at the 2014 Architecture Biennale in Venice.

About the Photograph:

Post-Industrial Stories is a documentary project started in 2012 by photographers Ioana Cîrlig and Marin Raica. The project is a long term study of life in Romania’s mono- industrial communities in a post-industrial era. The two photographers lived in two small mining towns and traveled around the country. Romania was heavily industrialized during its 40 plus years under Communism. Every town had an industrial center and people were moved all over the country to these areas to work in the mines and factories. These workers became the country’s pride, portrayed as idealized heroes. The complexes themselves changed the rural landscape completely. During the transition from Communism to a market economy, these mono-industrial areas have been affected the most dramatically. Today, many of the country’s former industrial centers have been either closed or severely downsized, leaving whole communities jobless and adrift. I took this picture when I was living in Brad, a small town with a long history in gold mining. The mines have been closed since 2006. I really loved the atmosphere in the factory where I took this portrait. It reminded me of when I was little and was visiting my father at the factory where he worked.”