Dorin Ștefan

Architect / Arhitect
Bucharest Potrait of an Artist

QUOTE

…1969, fall. I was a student; the place was full, crowded: at the entrance to Palatul Telefoanelor, at the corner where it meets Calea Victoriei, the heavy, revolving door was letting me in to postal stamps, envelopes, letters, money, magazines. Another time, I had just finished some exams, and was passing through the Victoria Passage, climbing down the stairs on Matei Millo Street; at the corner behind the palace were the phones, the public phone switchboard: booths, phone operators wearing headphones and microphones continuously plugging and unplugging wires into a panel perforated like a honeycomb, letting me know in a nasal voice: “Hello, Râșnov, you have a collect call, I’m putting you through, cabin 7, you may speak now…”

…2014, my mobile is ringing. “Hi, Șerban here, I’m putting together an album, called ‘Portrait of an Artist’…” Yes, for me Palatul Telefoanelor is the first authentically ‘City Progress’ image in Bucharest. After a week I find myself again, for the nth time, walking through Victoria Passage to meet {erban; across the street from the same building, this time restored and consolidated following a project by my former professor, engineer Alexandru Cișmigiu; I cross the street…

…and I enter the dream land of Mircea Eliade, Țara Blajinilor (the Land of the Kind); the light floods the upside-down image of a Calea Victoriei across the years – is this a dream? People, flying cars, skyscrapers, glow, joy, colors, light, and more light…

CITAT

…1969, toamna, eram student, locul era plin, dens: la intrarea în Palatul Telefoanelor, din colțul cu Calea Victoriei, ușa grea, rotativă, mă purta spre timbre, plicuri, scrisori, bani, reviste; altă dată, ieșeam de la examene, treceam prin Pasajul Victoria, coboram scările pe strada Matei Millo, jos în colțul din spatele Palatului erau telefoanele, centrala telefoanelor publice: ghișee, telefoniste cu căști pe urechi și microfoane în continuu băgau și scoteau niște fire într-un panou perforat ca un fagure de albine, iar cu voce nazală anunțau: „Alo, Râșnov, taxă inversă, aveți legătura, cabina 7, vorbiți…“

…2014, sună telefonul mobil: „Salut, sunt Șerban, fac un album, Portret de artist…“, …da, Palatul Telefoanelor pentru mine este prima imagine autentic „City Progress“ în București. După o săptămână străbat din nou, a nu știu câta oară, Pasajul Victoria, spre a mă întâlni cu Șerban; vizavi, aceeași clădire, dar de data aceasta restaurată și consolidată după proiectul fostului meu profesor, inginerul Alexandru Cișmigiu; trec strada…

…și pătrund în țara de vis a lui Mircea Eliade, în Țara Blajinilor, lumina inundă imaginea răsturnată cu o Cale a Victoriei de peste ani, visez oare? Oameni, mașini zburătoare, zgârie-nori, strălucire, bună dispoziție, culori și lumină, multă lumină…

ABOUT THE PROJECT

I have invited 37 artists to take part in this project, and to choose a place in Bucharest to be photographed and to write a text about their relationship with the city. This idea would have remained only an idea without the support of ARCUB. Artists involved: Mircea Albulescu, Coca Bloos, Dragoș Buhagiar, Ștefan Câlția, Mihai Constantin, Corvin Cristian, Alexandru Darie, Ruxandra Donose, Vivi Drăgan Vasile, Tudor Giurgiu, Ilinca Goia, Adrian Ilfoveanu, Sorin Ilfoveanu, Vlad Ivanov, Doina Levintza, Ovidiu Lipan Țăndărică, Marius Manole, Irina Marinescu, Medeea Marinescu, Răzvan Mazilu, Horațiu Mălăele, Dan C. Mihăilescu, Horia-Roman Patapievici, Oana Pellea, Florin Piersic jr., Răzvan Popovici, Marian Râlea, Victor Rebengiuc, Analia Sellis, Răzvan Suma, Tiberiu Soare, Dorin Ștefan, Roman Tolici, Andi Vasluianu, Gheorghe Visu, Dorel Vișan and Aurel Vlad.

This is an extract from “Bucharest Portrait of an Artist” album published in 2015. I would like to thank Dorin Ștefan for taking part in this project. More information about the album can be found here. These photos were taken on the roof of Hotel Novotel, thanks to the management of the hotel for allowing us to be there. If you are interested to see other artists involved in this project then follow this link.

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