Call to Memory. Let us not forget. A journey through the years of dictatorship

Miruna Macsim 21/08/2023 | 10:59

The Pitesti Experiment film concludes the first season of the national tour with a presentation of authentic objects. The central point of the exhibition is represented by objects that belonged to the students imprisoned in Pitesti between 1949-1952 and donated to the director Victoria Baltag by their relatives.


It will be also available to discover the original props of the feature-length documentary film“The Pitesti Experiment”, for the first time in Bucharest.

A vast collection of works signed by contemporary artists who donated them to be sold for the benefit of the project and to support the film “Pitesti Experiment” is also presented.

The unique exhibits can be found between August 24th to 27th  at the Galateca gallery, (Str. C.A. Rosetti 2-4, Bucharest, between 12.00-20.00, Saturday and Sunday 11.00-19.00).

Visiting the exhibition is done on the basis of a donation starting from 100 lei and donors can also watch the film ” Pitesti Experiment” at Galateca, as part of the exhibition on Saturday, 26th of August, starting at 7 p.m., with the presence of the film director Victoria Baltag.

Also within the exhibition there will be a special visual moment, prepared by Victoria with Mrs. Elena Mazarini, daughter-in-law of General Mazarini (b. 1st of August, 1889, Costișa, Neamț; d. 24th of July, 1955, Bucharest, Romanian general who fought in the Second World War) which talks about the three works signed by Fag Negrescu, part of the exhibition. In the three works, Fag Negrescu highlights abominable moments during his detention in Pitesti.

Also on display is a selection of over 6,000 photos documenting a decade of work dedicated to making the independent feature film about the PITEȘTI EXPERIMENT, started in 2011 through the efforts of the director Victoria Baltag and realized through the volunteers of over 800 people.

The feature film presents one of the most horrifying experiments of emotional and physical mutilation through torture of the communist regime, known as the “Pitesti Experiment”.

About the Pitesti Experiment it is known that “It was one of the most terrible experiences of dehumanization that our era has known”, as historian François Furet, member of the French Academy, states. The disastrous period of history, between 1949-1952, made thousands of victims: the re-education, physical and mental torture of Romanian students, initiated by the communists. The goal: the creation of a new type of man. Those who had a different political or religious belief, other than those approved by the regime, were subjected to re-education through torture. It was considered the most aggressive mind-washing program in Eastern Europe.


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