New exhibitions: Between Bucharest and Africa

As of this Friday, the Guests’ Hall of the Romanian Peasant’s Museum will host a photography exhibition signed by Dutch artist Jeroen Bruggermen, “Between Bucharest and Africa: The Power of Cultural Diversity”. The exhibition is the work of a Dutch photographer very fond of Africa, which he visits on a yearly basis, as well as Romania, having visited, on several occasions, several Romanian cities, and having exhibited his work, in 2004, at the Goethe Institute in Iasi.

Although, from a historical vantage point, one could hardly say Romania and Africa have ever influenced each other, a juxtaposition of photographs taken in Bucharest and pictures taken in Africa, especially in rural areas, where the contrast is most striking, may serve to illustrate the idea of the boundless diversity of human life on Earth.

Jeroen Bruggerman took his shots slowly and most carefully, using a last-generation camera, but complete with a black cloth and tripod, as used in the taking of 19th century-daguerreotypes. This technique, which seemed abandoned for good, allows one to create high-resolution and high-clarity negatives, capturing the tiniest detail. Obsessed with these details, Jeroen Bruggerman argues each has “its own voice, clamouring for attention, as well as its own mystery, paradox or dream”. The exhibition is open until December 31, Tuesday to Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm, in the Guests’ Hall. Entrance is free.

Address: 3 Kiseleff Ave.

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