Although it was widely publicized and it entered into the traditional debates occasioned by the annual anniversary of the Revolution of 1989, Ceauşescu’s trial – never investigated by the Romanian justice – is a landmark in the transition of the Romanian society towards the rule of law.
The way the change occurred – a bloody overthrow of power and the execution of the leader – opens an unforgettable wound in the collective mental, a still unsolved national trauma, with long-term political and social repercussions.
We frequently witness the reinterpretation and rewriting of the historical events, with interesting internal dialectics – in the same monopolitical register – of the authoritarianism itself, from the one “based on the mystical preeminence of the State over any social realities” , to the authoritarian will “to decide how history and ideology must be understood through the state policy’s force of law” (see The Tismăneanu Report ).
The official discourse (of whatever political colour) seems to always avoid the core of the matter, the debates always hovering in a realm which is particularly formal rather than ideological, with substance, as long as the opposition to the Ceaușescu’s regime still has the potential to legitimate.
This publication is not the result of vindictive tendencies. The project never had the intention to rehabilitate in a simplistic nostalgic key either Ceauşescu or the period he governed, but to revisit the zero moment of the democracy in Romania – Ceauşescu’s trial, orchestrated by the new power in Bucharest, in December 1989.
Taking advantage of the power of the artistic license, the trial imagined by the author is pure fiction and the imposed penalties are deliberately arbitrary, where fiction has the clinical, moral function of a reductio ad absurdum.
Trial - artist book