Bratu’s personal story is one of migration. In 1945 his grandmother became a displaced person after the Soviets invaded parts of Romania, as a political dissident his father fled the dictatorial regime of former president Nicolae Ceaușescu, and in 1987, as a migrant boy himself, he left the country in search of a better future in the
Netherlands. The narrative based on family memories and archives is intertwined with a contemplation on urban architecture and individual testimonials of encounters Bratu had while travelling throughout Central Europe at the height of the refugee crisis in the summer of 2015.
In The Brutality of Fact, Bratu chooses to work with slide film, a presentation format positioned in between movement and stillness that evokes an intimate and close encounter. Wandering through Europe, he creates a poignant experience addressing the life of a migrant trying to gain access to a society.
Text: Iris Sikking
Tudor Bratu (1977, RO) graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 2003. He pursued studies in Art History at the University of Amsterdam (2015 – 2017), and finished a two-year Research Residency at the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in 2008. Since 2010
Bratu is the managing director of Bucharest AiR, an artists residency program located in Bucharest, Romania. In the period of 2013 – 2015 Bratu collaborated with Chongqing Artistsin-Residency,
an international residency program located in the city of Chongqing, China, as the programs artistic director.
Bratu’s works in photography, bookmaking and installation are part of various international collections, such as the Bibliotheque Kandinsky of the Centre Pompidou, the Amsterdam Photography Museum FOAM, the collection of the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten, and the Allard Jakobs Collection.
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