Children of Ceausescu
Photographs by Kent Klich
Essay by Herta Muller
Kent Klich was born in Sweden in 1952. He studied psychology at the University of Gothenburg. After earning his degree he worked with adolescents with a history of social problems.In 1983 he met Beth R. a drug addict and a prostitute, together they made The Book of Beth, (Aperture, 1989) documenting her life and including case records from her childhood.
Klich’s work in the 1990s in Mexico City with street children was recently published by Journal and Syracuse University Press, with a text by Elena Poniatowska, as El Nino: Children of the Streets, Mexico City. He joined Magnum in 1998 and has exhibited internationally at the Rencontres de Perpignan in France, 1999.
Herta Müller was born in Romania in 1953. After refusing to co-operate with Ceausescu’s Securitate, she lost her job as a teacher and suffered repeated threats before she was able to emigrate in 1987. She is the author of Traveling on One Leg (Northwestern University Press, 1998) and The Land of Green Plums (Henry Holt & Company, Inc., 1996), among other titles. In addition to the Dublin IMPAC Literary Award she has received many prizes for her work including Germany’s most prestigious literary award, The Kleist Prize. Herta Müller now lives in Berlin.