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.”