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RIRI


Irina Nicolau, ethnologist and writer, co-organizer, together with Horia Bernea, of the Romanian Peasant Museum, coordinator of 6 volumes of oral memory, author of 8 books of alternative ethnology, creator of object-books, clothes and jewels; she loved kitsch objects, she loved her friends and she loved to play.

One day, it must have been nineteeneightysomething, I received a letter from Irina. She had managed to travel to Athens, to visit her aunt. I must also tell that she had first received an official negative answer from the Passport Department and she had been forced to request an audience at the Militia, hoping she would change their mind. She prepared thoroughly, she combed her hair back, tied it with a white ribbon and gathered it at the back of her neck, she wore a blue shirt with a white little collar, a straight dress, no make-up, she removed her famous rings and she took care that she looks stupid and poor. I don’t remember what she told the officer or whoever, but she finally obtained the passport. And thus I return to the letter I received from Athens! An elegant envelope, smelling of occidental glue, that I opened respectfully with the coupe-papier, only to find a piece of toilet paper inside, written upon with brown ink: THIS IS EXACTLY HOW I FEEL HERE. RIRI

Much later, in 2000, we made an album on Sibiel icons together with a younger friend. Thanks to Irina’s design, the book turned out to be a beautiful object. However, because of the bad binding, the colorful pages would fly away at the first skimming through the volume. Every time she gave the book as a present, Irina would write in the dedication: TO BE READ PREFERABLY CLOSED. RIRI

What is there to learn from these two stories? Well, first of all, that Irina Nicolau felt she was RIRI; secondly, that she had the gift of writing the essential, in simple words, short and very telling; thirdly, that she liked to work with her friends. And, in general, that she knew how to transform the unpleasant and the mistake in funny and memorable accidents.

Unfortunately, most of her books appeared in minuscule number of copies and where thus read mainly by her friends (Irina gave away as gifts everything she received as author’s rights and then bought some more so she could continue to make presents) and borrowed by her friends’ friends. The generous friendship, floating around her like mist led to a phenomenon manifest only after she left us: a sui generis community was formed of very different people who feel close to each other only by virtue of the feelings she had unveiled in them; some had just discovered her, other had known her for a long time and grew apart for whatever reasons; some, very young, were professionally formed by her, others adopted her (or were adopted?) as close relative.

Ioana Popescu

Târgul 100 de Tradiții Românești // 10 – 12 iulie 2020




În perioada 10 – 12 iulie 2020, Fundația Kogaion 115 organizează Târgul 100 de Tradiții Românești, în curtea Muzeului Naţional al Ţăranului Român. Intrarea la târg este liberă! Accesul se face prin strada Monetăriei, iar ieșirea prin Bd. Ion Mihalache.

Păstrând spiritul autentic al sărbătorilor populare româneşti, meşterii prezenţi la acest târg îi aşteaptă pe bucureşteni cu o sumedenie de lucruri create de ei cu multă pricepere şi mult suflet: ii şi chimire din piele naturală ornate cu motive populare, ţesături şi straie ţărăneşti, zgărdane şi cingători cusute cu mărgele, covoare ţesute la război, icoane pictate pe sticlă și pe lemn, vase din lut sau din alamă, pentru gospodărie.

Avem bucuria ca la această ediție să ne fie alături, în cele trei zile de târg, vestitul meșter olar Ion Retezeanu, din Găleșoaia județul Gorj. Acesta va face demonstrații la roata olarului și va povesti celor interesați câteva din tainele vechiului meșteșug.

Cei care sunt în căutarea unui cadou deosebit pentru cei dragi au ocazia să aleagă obiecte unicat şi de la artizanii veniţi la târg cu vestimentaţie pictată manual, bijuterii din argint, bluze imprimate cu motive populare, uleiuri și creme din lavandă, tablouri și cărți legate în piele naturală.

Aici se pot târgui dulcețuri de trandafiri și sucuri de cătină, palincă şi diverse soiuri de miere, prăjituri de casă, suberek, fructe şi legume de sezon.

Anticarii expun obiecte foarte vechi, aparţinând vieţii de la ţară: lăzi de zestre, dulăpioare, copăiţe, costume populare din toate zonele etnografice ale ţării, unelte pentru ţesut sau pentru lucrat pământul.

Mâncăruri delicioase vor fi proaspăt gătite, iar berea artizanală rece și sucurile de fructe proaspăt stoarse va stinge setea zilelor calde ale lunii lui Cuptor. Meniul bucătarilor este pentru toate gusturile: pastramă de berbecuț ținută în baiț, sărmăluțe și frigărui, cartofi țărănești făcuți pe plită.

Vă rugăm să respectați normele de distanțare socială și să manifestați responsabilitate față de sănătatea dumneavoastră și a celorlalți.

Program: zilnic între orele 10:00-19:00



Organizator eveniment: Fundaţia Kogaion 115
Persoana de contact – Ligia Gabriela Marica
Mobil: 0722 274 803
e-mail: ligia_marica@yahoo.com



 


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