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“Bucharest is no longer a nasty city”, says photographer Ștefan Tuchilă

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“Bucharest is no longer a nasty city”, says photographer Ștefan Tuchilă

Ștefan Tuchilă is an architect and a passionate photographer, now living in Paris. He started his studies at the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and graduated from ENSA Paris Belleville. He took part in numerous individual or group photography exhibitions, and in 2006 he was part of the team that represented Romania at the Venice Biennial of Architecture.
Although his official address is in the French capital city, Ștefan often makes the Paris-Bucharest route because he loves both cities to the same extent. None is perfect and each has issues that one needs to improve or accept. “We need to make friends with the city and learn to inhabit it”, says Ștefan.

Stefan Tuchila la Capitol 2017
He collaborates with numerous specialized publications such as Zeppelin, Archdaily, Archilovers, Detail, and since 2004 he started the project of a photographic map of Bucharest, which he called the Ultimul Etaj (the Last Floor). As Ștefan confesses, it is an attempt to recover as much as possible from an old Bucharest that is beginning to disappear.

Ștefan Tuchilă at Capitol Summer Theatre 2017

Thus, Ștefan collected thousands of photographs and in 2009 he came to see the historical ensemble Capitol, which in the meantime became one of his favourite places in Bucharest. “There’s a certain way to assimilate the city and inhabit it. People started to inhabit the city properly and to manage well the issues that bother them. Bucharest is no longer a nasty city in which it’s not worth living”, says Ștefan.

“We still have to solve the heritage problem.”

Because one of Ștefan’s favourite places is the Capitol Cinema / Summer Theatre, he tries to raise an alarm over the degradation of one of the most beautiful summer gardens in Bucharest. Therefore, he returned to it at the end of 2017 to perform a comparative photographic study revealing the uncertainty of the state of the whole ensemble.

Ștefan Tuchilă at Capitol Summer Theatre 2009

By 2009, this space completely vanished from the collective memory of the inhabitants of Bucharest. Therefore, Ștefan wants to make people alert about these buildings, which are historical monuments that have generated the cultural background of the city and which today, unfortunately, are slowly turning into ruins.

Ștefan Tuchilă at Capitol Cinema 2009
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 Learn more about the CAPITOL Cinema / Summer Theatre and the awareness campaign here.
This cultural project co-financed under the Bucharest Cultural Program Participatory City by the Bucharest City Hall through the ARCUB Cultural Center of Bucharest.
The multi-annual cultural programme “hub cultural Cinema / Summer Theatre CAPITOL” is co-funded by AFCN. The program does not necessarily represent the position of the National Cultural Fund Administration. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the program or the way the program results can be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the funding.


Organizer: Save or Cancel
Partners: AFCNArCub, PMB, CNDBTeatrul MicCinema MarconiRADEFCarol 53Monumente Uitate / Asociația ARCHÉCalupMellow Drinks, Plaja de Carte, Someș Delivery
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Text: Hildegard Ignătescu
Photo: Ștefan Tuchilă facebook / Instagram
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The self-initiated multidisciplinary programs of Save or Cancel aim to identify sustainable and adaptable opportunities for (re) valorisation of the existence through architectural, cultural and editorial projects.
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