Recorded Memories

Chișinău – City Difficult to Pronounce, 2011
HD Video, 57:25 min.

Raluca Voinea: “Inspired by Walter Ruttmann’s 1927 film Berlin:Symphony of a Metropolis, Brăila’s project followsthe life of the city [ Chișinău, Republic of Moldova ] throughout one year, at the end of which the footage is edited to represent one day. There is no narrative and no commentary, just the documentary material with the real sound. The artist decided to embark on this memory project, which is both an urban diary and a historical and anthropological filmic essay, in order to document the constantly changing appearance of his city because the national archives do not contain any recorded visual material documenting these changes during the past twenty years. [ … ] The project is thus a chronicle of a present that is rapidly becoming history, with its public as the only – diffuse – keepers of a memory that will soon be erased.”


Pavel Brăila
Born 1971 in Chişinău, Moldova; lives in Chişinău

Brăila received international acclaim and recognition with his 2002 film Shoes for Europe, presented at documenta11. Projects he has realised since then include AlteArte – a TV program on contemporary art aired on the national channel Moldova1; Barons’ Hill – a six-channel video work (2005) showcasing the new Sinti and Roma architecture currently arising in Moldova, and more recently, Definitely Unfinished (2010), an award-winning film shown at the Oberhausen International Film Festival.

Solo exhibitions:
Roda Stern Gothenborg, Sweden, 2012. KulturKontakt Austria, Vienna, Austria, 2011. Yvon Lambert, Paris, 2008. Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany, 2007. MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, USA, 2005

Group exhibitions:
Boijmans Museum, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Tate Modern, London, UK. The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, USA. Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany. Palazzo delle Stelline, Milan, Italy. Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg, Austria. Royal College of Art Galleries, London, UK. Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden. Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Netherlands