The “MI-E DOR DE TINE / I MISS YOU” light installation, created by the Daisler Association, arrived in Chicago, in front of the Reid-Murdoch (Britannica) building. The official reception was attended by Andrei Muraru, Romanian Ambassador to the USA, Tiberiu Trifan, Consul General of Romania in Chicago, and Dorian Branea, Director of ICR New York.
Located on the Chicago River, in the heart of “Windy City”, the Reid-Murdoch building hosts for two months the installation dedicated to Romanians who are overwhelmed by this oppressive feeling: longing. Over 30,000 Romanians officially live in Chicago, and unofficially, over 100,000 in the Chicago Metro Area.
“This message is more than a bright display, it connects communities, shows the support of Romanians here to those at home, and a vibrating community. I arrived in the USA a few months ago, but I already miss my friends and family. And, at the same time, as ambassador, I can say without any reservation that I miss every Romanian community in the United States. It seems to be a great initiative and I can only be proud“, said Andrei Muraru, the Romanian ambassador to the USA.
“MI-E DOR DE TINE / I MISS YOU” is the strong connection between us all and generates emotions that resonate with each other, reminding us of the things that matter.
This story started in 2018, where a lightened message appeared on a bridge in Cluj-Napoca, to convey the emotions of all the passers-by to their loved ones. Then, the Romanian community from London had a similar installation.
The idea of bringing the light installation to the United States started in 2019, just after the exhibition in London. The road was a long and difficult one, probably just like any road traveled by all Romanians settled on the other side of the ocean.
Together with this exhibition, the connections between the Romanians in the USA and the ones at home became indestructible. Thus, they could transmit this unique emotion: missing someone, which in Romanian is called “dor”.
“MI-E DOR DE TINE / I MISS YOU” artwork is on display in Chicago as a part of the Lights On Romania light-art festival until January 7, 2022.