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Simona Rota, Ostalgia - Gazebo at the Sports Arena Medeo

Simona Rota Ostalgia - Gazebo at the Sports Arena Medeo, 2010

View in a room Photography 19.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch 2 remaining copies


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Simona Rota, Ostalgia - Gazebo at the Sports Arena Medeo
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    Professional art gallery
    Barcelona - Spain

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  • Medium

    Photography : pigment ink

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    Photography on baryta paper

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 2 copies

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    19.7 x 27.6 x 0.4 inch

  • Framing

    Not framed

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  • About the artwork

    Ostalgia is a photographic series developed for over 2 years. It was born in the wake of a documentation work for the Museum of Architecture in Vienna. Simona Rota was a photographer in a research team set up by the Museum whose mission was to locate and study the official Soviet architecture promoted in its 15 satellite republics between 1960 and 1990.

    The series is a subjective catalogue of monumental buildings that testify to a past of heroic intentions, but which reach the present completely eroded with disappointment. They were icons of success and progress and, therefore, complicit in political propaganda and the dynamics of legitimization of a totalitarian ideology. Houses of Culture of the Trade Unions, Houses of Culture of the Socialist Pioneers, Congress Centers of the Workers, Lenin Palaces, Circuses and Sports Palaces, Museums, Memorials and Mausoleums…

    [...] “Nobody could trust anybody” are the words Simona's father, Teodor Kurz, often uses to describe the atmosphere that permeated day-to-day life in the Socialist Republic of Romania (SRR). Yet his photographs, taken in the Romania of the 1970s and 1980s, transmit something different from mistrust, something that could even be taken for happiness. Warm and colorful, they show people who seem to live a life of welfare. These fragments of life that Simona Rota has subtracted from her father’s archives (and from her biography), interrupt the monotonous rhythm with which Ostalgia runs.

    'Which of these two rhythms is noise and which is music? Were we really happy, Dad? Or rather, have we all played a massive fiction of welfare? Can you be happy without freedom? Are there fulfilled private lives in the absence of public life? Can a person be happy even if she knows she is surrounded by limits, lies and menaces? What would I have been if the Romanian revolution did not happen and I kept on living in a closed system? Could I be happy then? Do I miss living in the SRR? Do we miss the USSR?', asks the author through the book.

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    • snow


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Simona Rota

Born in: 1979


Simona Rota is a Romanian artist born in 1979 in Macin. She earned a MA (Master of Arts) degree in International relations in 2003 and a BA (Bachelor of Arts) in Political Science in Bucharest and Barcelona. She studied photography in Madrid as well.

Simona Rota worked as a production coordinator for several exhibitions and architecture ateliers in collaboration with the "Circulo de Bellas Artes de Tenerife" and the Association of Architects of Madrid. Since 2009, she works as a consultant in communication and digital identity in the field of architecture and has collaborated with Menis Arquitectos, the laboratory for Innovation in Architecture, Design and Advanced Tourism of Tenerife and with the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Mallorca.

As a photographer, her most famous project is her series of documentary photographs on modern Soviet architecture, commissioned by the Museum of Architecture of Vienna and made between 2010 and 2012 in the countries of the old Soviet Union. She is the author of two photography books: "MissBehave" and "Ostalgia," published in 2013. The latter won the award for best photography book of the year from PhotoEspaña.

Her photographs have been exhibited at the Munich Museum of Architecture, at the Fotocolectania of Kursala, at the Vienna Architecture Museum, the Museum of Modern Art of Medellin, Colombia, at the Museum of Art of Sevastopol in Ukraine and at the Museo del Traje, in Madrid.
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