Found and Lost
Photographs by Nicu Ilfoveanu. Words by Octav Avramescu
AAI, Bucharest, 2011. In English, Romanian. 240 pp., 152 duotone plates, 8x10".
Four seasons of snapshots from the kinesthetic marketplace called the flea market, where genre holds ornament in a pietà involving ground, nudes, roma people, other strangers and intimate objects, found/lost in Bucharest. A photobook for the office that has everything suspended online.
This book shows that siege’s escape plan, blown up to a 1:1 scale. Nicu Ilfoveanu, the photographer that has studied the people at the flea market from January to December, is joined here by the intuition and critique of the surrealists, which approached words as found objects, changing a historical vision of the past for a political one, by the involuntary “untold epolet” signature of Sasha Pana, avantguardist reporter and doctor in the army, Gheorghe D’Unu, also reporting from the Moshi fair, us, a mysterious photo from the last supply on film that can be found, other strangers and intimate objects, &c. (Octav Avramescu)