video, 14:57 min, 2007
"Let’s Go to Giurgiu" is a documentary which captures the slow motion of travelling. On the occasion of Bulgaria’s and Romania’s entering the EU in 2007, the Bulgarian town Rousse and the Romanian Giurgiu organized a bus tour over one of the only bridges linking the two countries. People from the cities and the neighboring villages gathered to celebrate the moment of joy that
made them pass as European citizens, first to Giurgiu and then to the near Bucharest. The video shows scenes of this bus journey from January 2007 as well as the trips to the cities, which the artist later also recorded on local TV. Although not shown on official European media, Stoyanov’s video documents the effects globalization has on the meanwhile most Eastern part of a territory with an ever-growing reach.
Text: Walter Seidl