We are the narrative of our own memory and the memory of others about us. Perhaps this is why I loved listening to my father tell me about his childhood – a childhood that, despite hunger and war, he always described in wonderful images, embedded in places that are familiar to me.
In 2014, I decided to record his stories – on the one hand, because I wanted to capture this shared moment; and on the other hand, because his stories are not only documents of time, but also tell something about myself.
My father’s authentic, passionate explanations merge with my own film footage from present-day Romania, which was our first home.
The work “Garden of Eden” is about home as utopia, about childhood as a lost paradise, and about identity fed by narratives.
The interviews were recorded between 2014 and 2016.