Mother Romania, Odeta Catana

I’m a trained professional photographer with a Master Degree in Documentary Photography from the University of Wales, Newport, UK. I have an eye for art and culture, based on an innate hunch and also on my academic background: a BA in the History and Theory of Arts and a Masters in Cultural Anthropology.

Born in Romania and currently based in Berlin, I breath, love, live and work photography.

I am a lifelong learner, I am learning to live each day differently than the day before. This is my main inspiration when I do photography.

Mother ROMANIA” depicts the state of the nation in relation with migration phenomenon nowadays, portraying three generations of women. I have chosen as a reference the community of my hometown, Calarasi, situated in Southern Romania, which is affected at different levels by the migration in the European countries, just like the whole country.

From ’89 onward the migration flow of Romanians in the Western Europe was very high, as many of them left the country, in search of a better standard of living and more financial stability. This has created several social consequences for the halves of families left at home but also for those trying to integrate in the hosting societies.

The project features three generations: the elderly and the High School girls, who are at home, in Romania, and the adult generation who has left the country reaching for a better life. The past represented by elderly women and the future by the teenagers are either too old or too young to leave abroad, while the present – the middle age active generation has left Romania for the UK, Belgium, Spain and Ireland (the countries I picked as hosting communities of my subjects). The mother-child bound, which is one of the most profound relationships, can be interpreted further as the bound with the country itself, with Romania.

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