Archive of Pain is a video installation with four video projections in flexible exhibition modules containing in total 12 interviews with former political prisoners in Communist Romania.
The project has been realised by the artist Stefan Constantinescu (lives and works in Stockholm), who graduated from the Bucharest Art Academy and the Royal Academy of Stockholm; by the movie director Cristi Puiu (lives and works in Bucharest), who graduated from the Ecole Superieure d´art Visuel in Geneve and the designer Arina Stoenescu (lives and works in Stockholm), who graduated from the College of Design and Art in Stockholm.
Generally the project describes Soviet and Eastern European Communism in its capacity as a repressive ideological apparatus of power. Specifically the project gives an account of how political prisoners were treated in Romania during the first decades of the Stalinist regime in the country. This is done in terms of a video installation containing four projections in four more or less closed modules in which former prisoners tell about their experiences: both a strong political and artistic statement.