IRINA BOTEA  
     
 
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Phalanstère
Impersonation
Art Historians
It is now a matter of learning hope
Film Postale
Picturesque
Photocopy
Quick reply
Conversations 15M
Before a national anthem
A place of citizenship
Auditions for a revolution
We in the year 2000
Bringing the fiction home: Laura
Bringing the fiction home: Pinocchio
Bringing the fiction home: Bruno
Bringing the fiction home: We were 16
Menome 2
Menome 1
Out of the bear
Elena ladybug
Total comfort
Reenactment
Felicia
Felicia says
Stereotypical conversations
Where do you play monopoly
Batuta lui Oprica
Cow session
Enisa and the shadows
Barefoot
Aktion
Irony Venus
Home electric
Tiempo de la princesa
Fatima, Natalie, Misch
Leo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Batuta Lui Oprica
2003, video, 1'02"

Casa Poporului (The House of People), the second latest building in the world, is a multi-purpose building containing both chambers of Romanian Parliament and MNAC (National Museum of Contemporary Art). In the video, the house is placed in a garden with other garden gnomes where it celebrated its birthday with snow white and the seven dwarves. 
The House of people was Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's last and major project. In order to build it, 30,000 residences,19 Orthodox Christian churches, six Jewish synagogues, three Protestant churches were demolished, and another eight churches were relocated.

"The House of the People must rank high in some top 20 of difficult buildings to look at, come to historical terms with and digest culturally. It is a flaccid expression of communist absolute power, an empty interdiction directed towards the city, isolated from the life outside and folded upon itself in a megalomaniac entanglement of decoration, abuse and meaningless glorification. It certainly belongs to a universal architectural freak show as one of the twisted wonders of late modernism. The House treats the theme of political power in a style which is equally indebted to Baroque, Classicism and commedia dell'arte, looking like the background for some gigantic farce with scantily defined characters." Mihnea Mircan