Who Is Afraid of a Sardine Can?

The Department of Eagles is happy to announce the residency of artistic researchers Giulia Morucchio and Irene Rossini on the different home-made devices he alter radio and television receptivity during the communist period. “To disobey in order to take action is the byword of all......

Presentation of the Albanian Lapidar Survey @ Tulla, March 26, 2015

Në vazhdën e prezantimeve të librave, autorëve, artistëve dhe nismave të shoqërisë civile jemi të lumtur të kemi të ftuar “Departamentin e Shqiponjave” për një prezantim të Hulumtimit mbi Lapidarët e Shqipërisë të enjten dt 26 mars, në ora 19:00. Prezantimi do të mbahet nga......

Lapidar Density in 1970

Based on data from the State Archives, we were able to construct the following heatmap of the density of lapidars in Albania per region in 1970, that is, when most lapidars had already been built. This map was based on the following numbers from AQSH......

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The Day of the Martyrs

Traditionally, May 5 is the day on which martyrs of the fatherland are commemorated all around Albania. This specific date was chosen as it was on May 5 that national hero Qemal Stafa was murdered. Today I went to have a look at the ceremony in Tirana......

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“Lapidari,” the Script

A while ago I posted a link to the film-poem “Lapidari,” whose screenplay was written by Viktor Gjika. Below I include the photographs of the original screenplay and the technical scenario that I made in the Film Archives....

Naum Prifti – Lapidarët anës Rrugës

One of the other articles kindly sent to me by Raino Isto, Naum Prifti’s text “Lapidarër anës Rrugës” (Lapidars along the road), published in Ylli from November 1966. At some point he describes a car trip from Elbasan to Pogradec (where there are indeed quite some lapidars......

Workshop at the University and new research assistants

Today Matthias invited Vincent to give a guest presentation at the University of Tirana, MSc Geography program in a class on cultural landscapes. After a thorough introduction to the development of the concept of cultural landscape, different attitudes and theoretical stances toward it, and practical......

Looking for military maps

One of the most important ingredients for successful field work is good maps. The maps of Albania currently available on the market  contain gross inaccuracies and don’t have the right scale to display all the dusty backroads that Google Maps and Wikimapia seem to indicate.......

Meeting Muharrem Xhafa and Pajtim Hoxha of the PPSH

Archeologist Iris Pojani, who had also brought me into contact with Thoma Thomai, was also kind enough to put me into contact with someone else, First Secretary of the Labor Party of Albania (PPSH), Muharrem Xhafa, also a former member of the Central Committee. I......

A meeting with sculptor Thoma Thomai

Today I met with sculptor Thoma Thomai, an Albanian artist who worked on several monuments from the communist period such as the memorial in Barmash and the Skënderbeg monument on the road to Krujë, which was massacred during its “reconstruction.” After studying at the Liceu......

Viktor Gjika & Esat Ibro – “Lapidari” (1986)

The Central Albanian State Film Archive is currently digitalizing most of its materials, including the wonderful short documentary “Lapidari” by scenarist Viktor Gjika and director Esat Ibro. The documentary constructs a mythology of an Albanian lapidar monument, developing from grave mound on a battleground to......

Interview with Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei is co-curator of the exhibition “Uninspired Architecture: Public Space and Public Memory in Albania,” also contributing two works. His video work “Rrezik (after Bruce Andrews),” based on the poem “Danger Risk Hazard Jeopardy Peril” and commissioned by co-curator Marco Mazzi......

Interview with Ag

Ag is a collective participating in the exhibition “Uninspired Architecture: Public Space and Public Memory in Albania.” Their overnight intervention “Red Lenin and Stalin” consisted of painting the Stalin and damaged Lenin statue behind the National Gallery red. The next morning, the statues were cleaned......

Interview with Pim van der Heiden

Pim van der Heiden is one of the artists participating in the exhibition “Uninspired Architecture: Public Space and Public Memory in Albania.” His work “Retrogeography of Enver Hoxha’s Statue’s Life” retraces the life of the statue of Enver Hoxha on Skënderbeg Square in Tirana, from......

Interview with Iva Lulashi

Iva Lulashi is one of the artists participating in the exhibition “Uninspired Architecture: Public Space and Public Memory in Albania.” Her untitled work from 2013 comprises a series of nine paintings, invoking photographic images from the communist period. Department of Eagles: Your work often seems......

Interview with Armando Lulaj

Armando Lulaj is one of the artists participating in the exhibition “Uninspired Architecture: Public Space and Public Memory in Albania.” His work “NEVER” (2012) consists of the video documentation of an intervention on Mount Shpirag overlooking the southern city of Berat, switching the first two......