The Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations and the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York are presenting at the UN Headquarters in New York from 25 to 29 March 2019 the photo exhibition The Atlas of Beauty of the Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc. The exhibition was inaugurated Monday, March 25, by the Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations, Ambassador Ion Jinga, together with the Director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, Dorian Branea, in the presence of representatives of the UN-accredited diplomatic corps.
Ambassador Ion Jinga said that through this exhibition, Romania wants to convey a message of tolerance and respect for diversity as well as the promotion of women’s rights, the event taking place immediately after the work of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. The Romanian Ambassador to the UN highlighted the authenticity of Mihaela Noroc’s project and the relevance of presenting portraits of women from different countries, cultures, communities, races or religions at the United Nations headquarters in New York, a place that shares the same diversity.
Dorian Branea, Director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, talked about the Romanian photographer’s project that is relevant through the simplicity of its approach: Mihaela Noroc takes pictures of simple women who she accidentally encounters in her travels without using special techniques or changing in anyway their appearance.
Mihaela Noroc is a world-renowned photographer whose work is shown primarily through her social media projects. She studied Photo-Video at The National University of Arts in Bucharest. In 2012, after several years of work in various other domains, Mihaela decided to focus all her energy on her first love: photography. A trip to Ethiopia, where she discovered incredible feminine faces, inspired her to start shooting “The Atlas of Beauty”, which proved immensely popular and launched her international career. Her photo album “The Atlas of Beauty. Women of the World in 500 Portraits” was first published in September 2017.