M O N I C A I O A N A G U G U R A
I chose Songs (Ala.Ni’s Darkness at Noon and Cherry Blossom) because:
There could be 1000 or more images to represent the word ‘Songs’, with all its stories, feelings and experiences. Covering all the space between the extremities of life, between good and bad, joy and misery, justice and injustice, social work has explored, experienced and why not, understood it all. Eclectic, pluralist and holistic, at times reduced to silence, like in Romania, during the communist times, other times criticised, judged, misjudged or praised – the western tradition of social work-, this is social work.
To represent ‘Songs’, I have chosen Ala.Ni’s Darkness at Noon & Cherry Blossom / A Take Away Show (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKLVHyQjkow – please skip the advert, for which I apologise). The first song suggests the ambiguity of life and human relationships, with which social workers have to deal every day. The struggle to break free from love is sometimes as hard as the struggle to break free from abuse or addiction, and the liberation from these powerful realities is experienced differently by different people. In every success or ‘human victory’ there is also the reverse – the bad taste of victory, the possibility of relapse, the possibility of tomorrow’s failure and loss. Sometimes there remains a sense of guilt, a vague regret, the temptation to return. Like poets or artists, social workers know that the frontiers between past and present are fragile, and that the possibility of change, of an alternative future, is always close to people.
Why Cherry Blossom? Because social work is an optimistic profession, a young child at heart, that needs others to stay beside them, not for ever, just for a day’s work, that would be enough.