How should I call you: grandmother, grandma or granny? (Cum să îți spun: mamaie, buna sau bunica?) (2019) was an experiment that intended to explore my emotional connection with my grandmother who died 26 years ago. She suffered of diabetes and breast cancer, her husband was an alcoholic and their family was affected by the extreme poverty caused by the Romanian communist regime. In order to emotionally connect with her, I physically transformed myself into her (our dominant facial features are the same) and explored for a few days the village where she lived, raised two children and died. This is an almost abandoned village in southern Romania (comuna Lunca, Teleorman) where my ill grandfather still lives and where the traditions and the communist age are still felt. This project aims to present in a contemporary context the struggle of voiceless women in a society where they are considered to be far inferior.


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