Timisoara is the town from where started the Romanian revolution in December 1989. Twenty years later, it enters, with its country, in the European community. Two groups live together in this town: those from before and those from after the 1989 revolution. Those who were over twenty-five in 1989 had difficulties to adapt to capitalism. The younger live fully this new system. To show the two faces of this society, I have photographed Timisoara’s life machine: industry, commerce, authority, leisure, family. The caption on each photograph indicates the age of the people, some of whom were witnesses of the revolution, witnesses of the truth.
Because the true story is still uncertain. In December 1989, following an uprising from the people of Timisoara, the media announce 12,000 people dead, killed by the army and the Securitate, the secret police. There is talk of a genocide. To prove the executions and the tortures of Ceausescu’s regime to the western media, eager to get carried-away, the organizers of the uprising put together a staging. They dig up from the cemetery and lay down on the floor nineteen corpses of people already dead for several weeks. Journalists from the international press photograph this mass grave with a man crying over the corpses of this wife and his young daughter. What they don’t know is that the man is paid to play this part, the woman died from a cirrhosis and the baby, who is not his child, was a victim of infant sudden death. In fact, eighty-nine victims were officially counted in Timisoara and six hundred and eighty-nine over the country.