Șerban Mestecăneanu, photographer: I thought that it would be the most wonderful and interesting thing to present a city through its people. So, Arcub liked my idea and, together with the cultural personalities involved in the project, we made the photo album with their testimonials, called Bucuresti – Portret de artist.
Marian Râlea, actor: I could never have done my job as an actor in no other place than Bucharest, so thank you dear Bucharest, for giving me this opportunity. If I was to associate Bucharest with an image, I would say stray dogs, which we love and feed and they reward us bu guarding us.
Ilinca Goia, actress: My relationship with the city of Bucharest is as old as I am, but I still like to find out about new places, such as Delta Vacaresti, where me and Serban did the photo shoot. Bucharest has such a troublesome vibe which is also chaotic, fascinating and full of humour.
Medeea Marinescu, actress: The ones who lived in houses and were forced to move in flats were traumatized by this change after the 1989 Revolution. For many, Bucharest has become aggressive, lacking in style, color and taste. This is when our relationship with Bucharest has changed. But still we can do something each day for the city we live in.
Marius Manole, actor: Since I’ve started to live in Bucharest 13 years ago, I had the chance to be employed by the National Theater, to manage and buy a house near a park and I started to fall in love with places from Bucharest. I like to go in places where I have memories to cling to. The most important thing in a city is to have memories of certain places.
Horia-Roman Patapievici, writer: I have heard many times that Bucharest should not be criticized, but the dirt in our city is incredible and it is killing us. The ones living in Bucharest have a shorter life than others living in other Romanian cities. One of the reasons is that pollution is very high here.
Here is the whole list of the cultural personalities who took part in Bucuresti- Portret de artist: Aurel Vlad, Dorin Ștefan, Răzvan Suma, Vivi Drăgan Vasile, Mircea Albulescu, Coca Bloos, Dragoș Buhagiar, Ștefan Caltia, Mihai Constantin, Corvin Cristian, Alexandru Darie, Ruxandra Donose, Tudor Giurgiu, Ilinca Goia, Adrian Ilfoveanu, Sorin Ilfoveanu, Vlad Ivanov, Doina Levintza, Ovidiu Lipan Țăndărică, Marius Manole, Irina Marinescu, Medeea Marinescu, Răzvan Mazilu, Horațiu Mălăele, Dan C. Mihăilescu, Horia-Roman Patapievici, Oana Pellea, Florin Piersic Jr., Razvan Popovici, Marian Râlea, Victor Rebengiuc, Analia Sellis, Tiberiu Soare, Roman Tolici, Andi Vasluianu, Gheorghe Visu, Dorel Vișan.