1 / 5       The whole Borca family, from Breb, puts finishing touches on one of the 40 haystacks it makes each summer. Transylvania, Romania, October 2012. © Rena Effendi/Courtesy of ILEX Gallery, Rome.
2 / 5       Woman baking bread in tandoor. Khinaliq Village, Azerbaijan, June 2006. © Rena Effendi/Courtesy of ILEX Gallery, Rome.
3 / 5       Berries hanging on the wall of Maria Harlam’s house in Guben Village. 25 years after the accident berries are still considered radioactively contaminated and dangerous for consumption. Chernobyl, Ukraine, December 2011. © Rena Effendi/Courtesy of ILEX Gallery, Rome.
4 / 5       A woman from the village butchered a chicken to cook a broth. The food chain has been contaminated with radiation, especially animals that consume local food, such as grain an vegetation from the zone. Zirka village, Chernobyl, Ukraine, December 2010. © Rena Effendi/Courtesy of ILEX Gallery, Rome.
5 / 5       Birch tree growing on the second floor of a gym of an abandoned city of Prypiats. As a result of the nuclear accident and the subsequent radioactive fallout the entire population of Prypiats has been evacuated and never returned home. Chernobyl, Ukraine, December 2010. © Rena Effendi/Courtesy of ILEX Gallery, Rome.

Waiting for Winter

A passionate tale about a world fallen in decline near to a rural world in which time appears stuck, these are the stories of the photographs by Rena Effendi’s works in exhibition from the 15th of September at ILEX Gallery in Rome.
The exhibition, entitled Waiting for Winter and curated by Anna Arutiunova, displays three projects: Khainaliq Village (2006), Chernobyl: Still Life in the Zone (2010) and Built on grass (2014), which reveal a focus on the ability of men of surviving in difficult and complex lands. Men, beneath disadvantages, have been able to create a microcosm where they can take care and recover their land, can it be the one contaminated by the nuclear disaster of Cernobyl or the bucolic and wild one of the Transylvania. A world well explained by Rena Effendi’s words: «I saw a woman sitting on the porch of her house. So I asked her "What are you doing?" to which she responded: Nothing, just waiting for winter"».
The exhibition will be inaugurated at ILEX Gallery in Rome on Tuesday, September 15th at 7.00 pm.

Waiting for Winter. Photographs by Rena Effendi
ILEX Gallery @ 10b Photography Gallery, via San Lorenzo da Brindisi, 10b - Rome (Garbatella)
15 September – 30 October 2015

opening times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9.30 am - 1.30 pm | Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday closed
admission fee: free
info: +39 06 7011853 (for appointment)
www.ilexphoto.com | www.10bphotography.com

published on 2015-08-19 in NEWS / EXHIBITIONS

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