“‘My name is Elena’ is the only English sentence Elena was able to say. Then the conversation turned into Romanian, French and Italian. She told me the story of a country. This is what I’ve seen. On the aftermath of Romania’s entrance into the European Union, Elena seems to become the metaphor of tradition and modernity, which leave us wondering what Europe is really about.” – Valentina Abenavoli
“My name is Elena” is a photo-book about Romania with photographs shot from “outside” of it. Valentina Abenavoli travelled in Romania in 2007 when we entered EU. She found Elena and through her eyes she found Romania. After six years the images from Sibiu, Brasov and Ramnicu Valcea are published in a special book from the Eclisse series by Akina Books. An afterword is ending the book, it’s a conclusion of six years of European Union and is written by me. Thank you Valentina for the chance of writing a text for your project!
“My name is Elena” – Eclisse series, issue #4 – 32 pp, 160gsm carbdoard, handmade binding.
Xerography £10 + shipping, available at akinabooks.com/my-name-is-elena – Limited Edition of 100 numbered copies.
“(…) After years, we are still alive but we can’t grow up. It feels like being stuck in some black and white TV program, listening to every gossip about neighbors, caring more about our children’s future in football or modeling rather than provide them a good education.” – Constantin Nimigean
Akinabooks is an independent artists-run publisher of limited edition photobooks and zines. Our aim is to promote photographic wordless novels and personal reportages. Akinabooks believe in the book as an object to crease, love, collect. Akinabooks is based in London, UK and Turin, Italy. It is run by Alex Bocchetto and Valentina Abenavoli. Books can be ordered by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or from www.akinabooks.com/category/books. You can follow Akina Books updates on Facebook.