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Oana Drăgulinescu

Founder

Oana Drăgulinescu, whose extensive activity in coordinating communication campaigns for NGOs is well-known, has broadly two decades of experience in the field of cultural journalism, but also in the area of cultural and social event creation and communication. She is the co-founder of a group of communication agencies dedicated exclusively to social and cultural projects  – Connect Media, Quartz Records and Neverland Communication – and the President of the Q-Arts Association. She is currently coordinating the communication activities of the National Chamber Choir “Madrigal – Marin Constantin” and the National Cantus Mundi Programme. Her academic background includes a license degree in Musicology at the National University of Music and MA studies in Communication and Public Relations and British Cultural Studies. Oana coordinates the Musem of Abandonment’s development strategy, as well as video production associated with it. 

Ioana Călinescu

Co-Founder

Ioana Călinescu is licensed in Ethnology (as a graduate of the Ethnology and Folklore Department of the Faculty of Letters at the University of Bucharest) and is currently a PR and communication specialist at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as a co-founder, journalist and communication specialist at the Centre of Documentary Photography. For a long time, she has been documenting the child protection system in countries around the Black Sea and has written about what really happens beyond what appears in documents, about the impact on the lives of children, about genuinely functional models in neighbouring countries, with their less-than-perfect, corrupt, under-financed systems, with a similar level of economic development, with flawed legislation and often nonexistent implementation methodology (People in the Front Line). She has also published an article about the reformation of the child protection system in Georgia, written following a journalistic grant-supported visit financed by the Ministry of External Affairs in partnership with the United Nations on development issues.

Simina Bădică

curatorial consultant,
co-founder

Simina Bădică has been a curator at the House of European History in Bruxelles since 2018. Her most recently curated exhibition, Fake for Real. A History of Forgery and Falsification, was inaugurated in October 2020. Between 2006 and 2017 she was a researcher and curator at the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant, where she has coordinated the Image Archive and the Witness magazine. She has a PhD in History from the Central European University in Budapest with a thesis on the museification of Communism in Romania. She teaches museology at the Visual Studies and Society MA Programme within the Faculty of Political Science of the SNSPA. She has participated in many international research programmes on the topic of recent history, controversial collections and museums, and has published several articles and volume chapters on this subject. She organises exhibitions and museum exploration projects on themes connected to recent history, traumatic history, anthropology and Communist and post-Communist experiences.

Simona Tache

consultant psychologist

Simona Tache is a psychologist and behavioural psychotherapist, but has had a long-standing journalistic activity as well. Some of the publications she has worked for are Academia Cațavencu, Cațavencii and Cotidianul. She also has a blog – simonatache.ro – and has written, with Mihai Radu, two books of humour that have sold several thousand copies: Women come from Venus, Men Come from the Pub and Men come from Mars, Women Come from the Hairdresser’s. Simona Tache will moderate the final conference of the Museum of Abandonment – Exhibits 21.

Ciprian Făcăeru

stage designer of virtual immersive spaces

He is a designer of interactive media experiences and an architect/ stage designer of virtual immersive spaces, a new media artist and a futurist. With more than 6 years of experience in the new interactive immersive media within the spectre of mixed reality (MR – AR, XR, VR), his activities in consultancy, technological and artistic research, art, design, production and development converge towards the fascinating future of innovative creative techonological solutions. His mission is to explore, create, and discover new forms of communication, artistic experiences, and artistic forms by means of creative technological solutions, a direction which generates technological innovation in the fields of art, design and communication, as well as new creative perspectives in the newly-developing domains of technology.

Iris Șerban

digital archivist, museologist

She started working at the Ethnological Archive as a young researcher and curatorial assistant. At present she is coordinating a team of researchers and artists responsible with preserving, conserving, documenting and curating archive funds dating from the end of the 19th century to the present. Some of the projects she has been working for are: DicționAR (ongoing exhibition, 2021), La Fotograf (travelling exhibition, 2018-present), Sâmbăta Neagră a Arhivelor și Patrimoniului (2019), Rețelele privirii (online platform, 2018-present), Forumul Tradițiilor Creative (2017), Imaginea-Martor: Workshops of Performative Archive (2016).

Zoli Tóth

sound stage designer

Zoltan “Zoli” Tóth is a musician, interpreting artist, composer, ecology activist, radio programme broadcaster and percussion teacher. He founded the SISTEM (2000) band, which won Romania its first prize in the Eurovision competition alongside Luminița Anghel with the Let Me Try hit in 2005. As an ecologist, he has supported numerous NGOs and environment projects such as Greenpeace România, WWF România, Let’s Do It, Romania!, Asociația MaiMultVerde, Asociația Recolamp etc. He currently holds concerts in the country and abroad with his new solo project, Home Alone. In 2021, Zoli TOTH launches his first solo album, Better Together.

Radu Manelici

designer

Radu Manelici is one of the Romanian designers approaching multiple fields of interest regarding the processes behind visual language. He graduated in 2008 from the Design Department of the National University of Art in Bucharest, where he has also been teaching since 2009. His activity up to now has been encompassing several sections of design (product design, editorial and letter type design). Radu is the creator of the Museum of Abandonment’s visual identity. He is one of the constant collaborators of the Museum of Abandonment team in various social projects for which he is particularly gifted. Within the team he acts as a photographer and video editor.

Andra Aron

video editor

She graduated from the Film-Directing Faculty within the Hyperion University and from Law School. She completed special training in photography under the supervision of Francisc Mraz for the Photopoetics course. She has worked with institutions and projects such as Clubul Țăranului, Arcub, Noaptea Muzeelor, Let’s Do It Romania, People of Romania, HHC (Hope and Homes for Children), Scena9, MNAR, Festivalul George Enescu, Cantus Mundi România and the Madrigal Choir.

Iulia Iordan

restorer of testimonies

Iulia Iordan has been a museum educator at the National Art Museum of Romania for more than 10 years. She is a creator of workshops and projects dealing with museum education and education in the broader sense. She is also a founding member of the Da’DeCe Association – one of the most active entities dedicated to education through culture –, a writer of books for children and a co-author of the stories for the two audio guides for children and teenagers available at the National Museum of Romanian Literature.

Suzana Zeca

internal communication coordinator

Suzana Zeca has been a freelance communicator in the cultural field and collaborated with the Museum for Recent Art, as well as with independent radio stations, theatres, film festivals and product designers. She studied Philosophy at the University of Bucharest and her interest in ethics and beauty culminated in the current project of coordinating internal communication within the Museum of Abandonment, where she brings her empathetic, curiosity-rich contribution to a process that has become essential to her at a personal level. Suzana is the mother of Ilinca and Zaharia, from whom she learns incessantly.

Andrei Lupu

photo and video

Andrei Lupu graduated from the Faculty of Film Image of the Hyperion University in Bucharest. He has been working in this field for 13 years and was responsible for film image and production for short, medium-length and feature films such as Crima si pedeapsa (director> John Gostin), Smokers (director> Louis Mandylor), Adrenaline (director> Max Cerchi), The Conspiracy (director> François Mequer). Since 2019, he has extended his experiences in film production by collaborating with international film and advertising companies. He has been passionate about social photography and for the last ten years has been a dedicated creator of image stories of the most vulnerable social categories in Romania. He has been working lately with a group of the Museum of Abandonment Team, for whom he authored images used nationally in social campaigns and displayed in theme exhibitions. His first encounter with the painful aesthetics of the Hospital Home in Sighet took place seven years ago, and he is happy to have contributed through this project to memorialising the history and aesthetics of this space.

Ioana Drăgan

social media coordinator

Ioana Drăgan is a specialist in PR and communication. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Public Relations from the National School of Political and Administrative Studies (SNSPA) in Bucharest, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. Her passion for communication transcends public relations, being motivated by the desire to be part of projects that add value to society. Ioana has been involved in social and cultural projects such as Noaptea Muzeelor, Hope and Homes for Children Romania campaigns, the Talk for Youth podcast, the Myra app and campaigns on gender violence, carried out in collaboration with the Society of Contraceptive and Sexual Education. Since 2021, she is part of the Museum of Abandonment team.

Iulia Țurcanu

website coordinator

Iulia Țurcanu is a communication specialist with over 10 years of experience in public relations, event management and graphic design. She studied Audio-Visual Communication at the “Ion Luca Caragiale” National University of Theatre and Cinematography  and spent five years coordinating communication for the Czech Centre, one of the most active cultural institutes in Bucharest. She is the producer of the podcast Cel mai frumos joc, about the social life around football. She is currently working on cultural and social projects in collaboration with NGOs such as Hope and Homes for Children Romania, Societatea de Educație Contraceptivă și Sexuală and Asociația pentru Educație, Dezvoltare și Implicarea Tineretului.

Bogdan Firețeanu

Web Consultant

With 20 years of experience in the digital world, Bogdan’s comprehensive understanding of this fueld comes from the different roles he has held, ranging from art
director to IT manager and web consultant. In addition, his work as a development lead and integration chief for leading digital agencies around the globe provided him with a Fortune 500 client services background. Currently focused on the role Emotional Intelligence plays in organisations, specifically as it relates to the creation and development of effective leadership and high-performing, remote teams.