21.5 × 29 cm
184 pages, 80 illustrations
Interview by Andrea Diefenbach with Pawel Braila, Ovidio Tichindeleanu, Olga Ghilca
and Nora Dorogan
Text by Martin Sieg and Andrei Avram
Design: Hannah Feldmeier, Leipzig
Hardcover, embossed, with text insert
Andrea Diefenbach's images from the rural regions of the Republic of Moldova are a journey through time to a place that has been in an identity crisis since its independence 30 years ago. This visual inventory is her second book about the country torn between the EU and Russia, standstill and progress, corruption and the rule of law. Her calm, sometimes bizarre observations demonstrate great empathy for Moldova and its people's attitude to life. In their calmness, the images adapt to the pace of everyday life in Moldova, which oscillates between change and stagnation. »Realitatea« not only collects photographic vignettes from a country in limbo but also puts them in context with the political events of the past ten years using facsimiles of Moldovan newspapers and texts.