An-Sofie Kesteleyn

2015 - 2016

Somewhere in the mountains in the middle of nowhere, exists a community of approximately 200 people. They live together in one street, in groups in different houses. The orthodox community is put together by a ‘father’, who gives a house to homeless people, children without parents or people in hard situations. In return of working on their self-sustainable farm and taking care of the many children, they get a room in one of the houses, two meals a day and become part of the communal living.

The twins Ramona and Raluca were born during the communist regime in Romania. They were neglected and abused by the orphanage they stayed in until they were 18. From 18 to 20 years old, they lived on the streets until ‘Father Tanase’ found them on the streets in Bucharest. They ended up in the Provita community ever since. They have a room in ‘Casa Gelgoe’, one of the houses in Provita. They are 36 years old today, but have the mental age of a 5-year old. 

Work in progress – Valea Screzii