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United We Save, Art Wall Installation
March 11, 2014 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
United We Save: A Visual Story of Diasporic Mobilizing
March 11 to May 16, 2014
FIFSW, Third Floor Art Wall
Concept: Raluca Bejan
Design: Ana Niculae & Teofan Gavriliu
Imagery: Canada Save Roșia (Ana Niculae, Peter Murvai, Dan Dutkay and Raluca Bejan)
LOCALLY: Join Canada Save Rosia events, activities, initiatives:
United We Save visually documents four months (September -December) of Toronto based diasporic mobilizing in solidarity with the Roșia Montană global campaign. [Roșia Montană is Romania’s oldest mining settlement (thought to have been established in 1882) covering an area of 550 km2 within the Transylvanian mountains of Apuseni].
Images were captured by protestors themselves. Some shots were simply taken with iPhones while others were professionally casted. Printed on canvas, the imagery gets re-created to closely and stylistically resemble protest banners. Photographs are represented in a black and white scheme with dispersed patches of red and green on specific elements. The red and green chromatic constituted and constitutes the symbolistic of the Roșia Montana campaign.
Conceptually, this exhibit aims to bring narrative to protest based imagery. To translate the image into the story, by way of telling the very same story through the image. Following a relational aesthetic, it moves the narration from hyper-individualism to hyper-collectivism, in order to draw attention on public ability to collectively change societies.