Eastern Partnership Civil Society Fellowship brings the 50s and 60s back to life in Moldova

Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

On 6 July - 26 August, the Moldovan capital of Chisinau will host the “GAZE” photo exhibition. The exhibition features 39 photos by Zaharia Cușnir (1912-1993), a Moldovan teacher and collective farm worker who, through his passion for photography, captured ordinary life in the country during the 50s and 60s.

The negative films containing Cușnir’s photos, which until now have never been displayed, were found by chance by Nadejda Cervinscaia, a fellow of the EU-funded Eastern Partnership (EaP) Civil Society Fellowship Initiative.

Spotting the unique ability of the photographer to capture everyday life in Moldova, Cervinscaia applied for funding from the EaP Civil Society Facility. With the funds she received, she was able to preserve and digitalise the pictures and display them to the wider public.

She believed the Moldovan community should have open access to Zaharia Cușnir’s photos, which have great ethnographic, historical and artistic value. The photographs perfectly capture the metamorphosis of land and people throughout the years.

The EaP Civil Society Fellowship Initiative is part of the EU-funded project “Eastern Partnership Civil Society Facility – Regional Actions”, which aims to strengthen and promote civil society’s role in reforms and democratic change in the Eastern Partnership countries.

In line with “20 Deliverables for 2020”, the EaP Civil Society Fellowship Initiative is built around annual calls for applications with new ideas for positive change in community life and leadership skills development from qualified civil society activists in the EU’s Eastern Partner countries. Each call concludes with the selection of the 20 best applications from EaP countries whose authors receive fellowships to bring their initial concepts to fruition.

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