Signed and numbered on the back, in pen, Ion Grigorescu, 5
In communist Romania, state-managed electoral meetings were the order of the day. Overseen by the feared secret police, citizens had to testify to their adherence to the regime. Ion Grigorescu secretly photographed one of these meetings, organized on March 6, 1975. The results are especially revealing for the mechanism behind these demonstrations. The combination of the crowd, bewildered but docile, and the individual members of the secret police, created an absurd show, lacking every form of spontaneity. These senseless and mechanical actions had no other purpose than to be a setting for role playing, imposed by a system of discrete but ruthless oppression.