Mihai Șovăială

Production areas

Labor camps, militaries and workers were the muscle that built the industrial phantom from today. The factories have been rapidly populated by people from neighboring areas and, moreover brought people from the Moldova region, thus shattering the tendency of overpopulation in that area. The communist impetus created a model to furnish the factories with people and develop the industry. Thus Romania became an important exporter to the USSR, and the production centers generated the development of cities around them, with entire neighborhoods dedicated to workers, that were annexed brutally to the ancient urban sites.

During the post-communist era, the industrial growth worked against factories and created the opportunity for capitalist property speculations. Thus, the new factory owners, who were encouraged by the political environment, liquidated the assets and fed the growth of the real estate market by using the newly occupied setting in the city and not the factory production in itself.

The phenomenon of dismantling of the former production centers is the starting point of the project that dedicates a visual analysis of those temporarily forgotten spaces in the post-communist period. The situation indicates a social context that is politically driven, through the lens of the development of new space that is artificially created and feeds the empty area left by communism.