Brave New World – Romanian Migrants‘ Dream Houses
Organizer: Ordinul Arhitecților din România – Filiala Teritorială Timiș, Koordinierung Ostmittel- und Südosteuropa am Museum Europäischer Kulturen Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Institutul Cultural Român Iulius Mall Timișoara
Location: Iulius Mall Timișoara, 1 st floor, near Cărturești Bookshop
Program: 12.10.2017 – 05.11.2017
Owning one’s own home is a dream shared by many. To build something lasting for oneself and one’s children is a common goal of young couples and families in many countries. A house can be much more than just a home, however. Romania’s proud houses are most of all a clear symbol of the hard work, success and new social
standing of their owners, who left their villages in search of work to support their families from abroad. The proud house simultaneously represents a modern Western lifestyle and a new aesthetic. The exhibition presents examples of dream houses from three regions in northern Romania – Țara Oaşului, Maramureş and Bucovina – as well as their economic and social backgrounds. Brave New World explores the manifold aspects of the migration, construction boom as well as its consequences for the villages and cultural landscape. The exhibition can be visited for the first time in a public space, namely at Iulius Mall Timișoara, which represents one of the most important commercial spaces in Romania. The exhibition is curated by Beate Wild and Raluca Buțincu Betea.
1. Ilva Mică, 2010 © Petruţ Călinescu