Post-industrial Stories este un proiect documentar realizat de fotografii români Ioana Cîrlig și Marin Raica. Proiectul este o incursiune în viața comunităților care trăiesc în fostele zone industriale și se concentrează asupra legăturii creată între oameni și mediul în care trăiesc, dar și asupra schimbărilor petrecute în peisaj. Efectele celor 45 de ani de comunism și industrializare intensivă și-au lăsat amprenta adânc asupra multor zone și orașe din întreaga țară, schimbând în totalitate peisajul și mentalitatea oamenilor.
După căderea regimului comunist, în decembrie 1989, foarte multe fabrici și mine au fost închise, oamenii care lucrau în ele și locuiau în orașele industriale fiind nevoiți să se mute sau să își schimbe profesiile.
Odată profitabile, fostele fabrici și mine s-au transformat încet în ruine, astăzi existând puține proiecte pentru revitalizarea orașelor, clădirilor și a comunităților.
Post-industrial Stories is a long term documentary project made by Romanian photographers Ioana Cîrlig and Marin Raica.The project explores life in Romania’s mono-industrial communities, with a focus on the changes in the landscape, the relationship between man and his environment, between man and his lifelong job. Romania has been heavily industrialized in it’s over 40 years of communism. Every town had a industrial center and people from all over the country were moved to urbanized areas around mines and factories. Large industrial centers were built in rural areas, changing the landscape completely. The factory workers and the miners were the country’s pride, idealized and portrayed as heroes. Mining areas were rich, people had the biggest salaries and there was never a lack of food in these places, not even in the late 80’s, the poorest time during Ceausescu’s regime. In the transition from communism to a market economy, mono-industrial areas have been affected the most: most of the country’s industrial centers have been either closed or severely downsized, living whole communities jobless. A black market for iron was created and the buildings quickly turned to ruins. In 1989 there were 8 million people working in Romania, now only 4 million are employed. Young people are migrating to Western Europe, mostly to Spain, Italy, Germany or France. Mono-industrial communities still suffer a depression after the loss of their central activity. Everything used to revolve around the industrial center. Everybody worked there, the community’s celebrations, sports events and cultural activities were funded and organized by the industrial center. In most mono-industrial towns no new jobs have been created since the industrial center got closed. This is a very common situation in Romania, one that affects a large number of it’s population. ”We decided that the best way to document life in these communities is actually to live there, therefore in October 2012 we rented out our apartment in Bucharest and moved to Brad, a small ex-mining town in Western Romania. Since October 2013 we are living in Petrila. Petrila is a small town in the heart of the country’s largest coal mining region: Valea Jiului. Seven mines still work on low capacity in Valea Jiului, three of them are to be shut down until 2015. We are documenting the area during this time of change. About 4000 people will lose their jobs and most of the young people will abandon the seven towns built around the mines, if no new job opportunities will be created.”
Ioana Cîrlig este un fotograf de 28 de ani. A studiat Imagine de Film in Bucuresti si a lucrat cativa ani ca fotojurnalist pentru ziarul Ziua si agentia NewsIn. Din 2010 lucreaza la proiecte documentare independente (http://ioanacirlig.com/).
Proiectele personale au fost publicate in: Inge Morath Magazine, LensCulture, F-Stop Magazine, Feature Shoot, Archivo, Incandescent Zine, editii international ale Vice, National Geographic, Lucida Magazine, It’s Nice That, Our Age is 13 si in publicatii din Romania: Dilema Veche, Jurnalul National, Mediafax, Love Issue, Arhitectura, Igloo, Modernism, Think Outside the Box, Ziare.com etc.
In 2014 a castigat premiul Superscrieri pentru fotojurnalism iar in 2015 a castigat locul 2 la Lensculture Exposure Awards.
Ioana Cîrlig is a 28 year old freelance documentary photographer. She studied Cinematography in Bucharest and worked for a few years as a staff photographer for Ziua and NewsIn news agency. Since 2010 she has been working on independent self-assigned long term documentary projects (http://ioanacirlig.com/).
Her personal projects have been published in Inge Morath Magazine, LensCulture, F-Stop Magazine, Feature Shoot, Archivo, Incandescent Zine, worldwide issues of Vice, National Geographic, Lucida Magazine, It’s Nice That, Our Age is 13 and in Romanian magazines, newspapers and news agencies such as Dilema Veche, Jurnalul National, Mediafax, Love Issue, Arhitectura, Igloo, Modernism, Think Outside the Box, Ziare.com etc.
In 2014 she won the Superscrieri award for photojournalism. In 2015 she won 2nd place in the Lensculture Exposure Awards.
Marin Raica este un fotograf freelancer. A lucrat timp de 8 ani ca fotojurnalist la Jurnalul National si din 2012 lucreaza la proiectul Post-Industrial Stories. Proiectul a primit un grant de la AFCN si a fost expus in Romania si in cadrul Bienalei de Arhitectura de la Venetia in 2014.
Fotografiile lui au fost publicate in sapte albume, in ziarele si agentiile de presa din Romania si expuse in Romania, Venetia, SUA, Istanbul, Germania, Polonia.
Marin Raica is a freelance photographer. He worked for eight years as a staff photographer at Jurnalul National newspaper and since 2012 he has been working on the “Post-Industrial Stories” project alongside photographer Ioana Cirlig. The project received a grant from the Ministry of Culture and was exhibited around the country and in Venice.
His pictures have been published in seven photography albums, every Romanian newspaper and news agency and exhibited extensively in Romania and in international photography exhibitions in Venice, The United States, Istanbul, Germany, Poland.
AICI puteți vedea și citi interviul cu Ioana Cîrlig și Marin Raica.
HERE you can watch and read the interview with Ioana Cîrlig and Marin Raica.