Bucharest in the 1980s. Ceausescu’s “systematisation” programme is in full swing in the Romanian capital: one-third of the historic centre has been wiped out to make way for imposing buildings and wide avenues intended to honour the regime. Despite Ceausescu’s particularly dogged approach towards the churches, seven are spared and undergo a process as incredible as it is absurd: they are lifted and placed on rails then moved and hidden behind housing blocks. Withdrawn from the cityscape, they live secret lives in the disparate architecture that shapes Bucharest’s urban landscape today. By linking recent shots with archive material, in Mobile Churches the Romanian photographer Anton Roland Laub reveals a fascinating but less well-known chapter of recent European history.
Heinsteinwerk Wieblinger Weg 21 69123 Heidelberg Germany
November 12, 2017 to December 12, 2017