New York with an Accent
By Saviana Stănescu
"I celebrate 10 years of a very special love-affair: New York and me. (Well, I can’t guarantee for the city’s feelings, just for mine)
Late August 2001. Arriving here for the first time. A suitcase, a Fulbright grant and, of course, a personal version of the American Dream spiced up with hope and renewed idealism. High spirits. Clear Sky. NYU. Peace.
And then… 9/11.
The Twin Towers.
The present absence. The absent presence.
I bought a photo camera and walked around the wounded city, capturing e-motions, learning hi/stories, rewriting my own life story."
(fragment from the project FLAGSTORIES developed&presented by Saviana Stănescu in 2001 at NYU, and in multiple variations ever since)