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Teatri i Gjelbërimit

Nowadays, urbanism in Tirana seems to be dictated by the necessity of a historical arc that starts with the superposition of a fascist axis of Boulevard and Lana upon the organically grown Ottoman town. According to this narrative, this radical intervention of order was then...

Sculpture in Negative I–II–III–IV

On January 21, 2011, then opposition leader Edi Rama led hundreds of protestors in a march against the government of Democratic Party leader and Prime Minister Sali Berisha. The protest was in part a response to a corruption affair involving former Deputy Prime Minister and...

Driton Selmani – Panorama

An old man on the point of death summoned his sons around him to give them some parting advice. He ordered his servants to bring in a faggot of sticks, and said to his eldest son: “Break it.” The son strained and strained, but with...

This found photography was probably taken on Durrës beach around 1975. The billboard reports the slogan "The aim of the bourgeois–revisionist television is to degenerate the masses"
Ho visto un paese bianco bianco bianco
Our research, in collaboration with the Department of Eagles, addressed the relationship between Italy and Albania by focusing on their radio and television system and on the kanoçe ("cans"), aluminum objects used to reach out for Italian TV frequencies or to empower aerials' reception. Starting from this perspective, the project has been developed through a series of meetings with people – different in age, opinions, and proximity to the former Party – and, simultaneously, by looking into the archives of Agjencia Telegrafike Shqiptare, Arkivi Qendror Shtetëror i Filmit and Biblioteka Kombëtare e Shqipërisë in Tirana. We presented the partial result of our residency at Logu i Shkëndijës during Tregime Minore / Minor Narratives, a talk in collaboration with PhD candidate Nicola Pedrazzi and philologist Vincent van Gerven Oei. The different interventions brought to the surface the exchanges between Italy and Albania under Hoxha’s dictatorship. In fact, even though there was no evident communication between the two countries during the Communist era, it is possible to trace a map of their hidden connections by looking at minor episodes, poorly studied by the official historiography, like the one of the Italian soldiers that fought Fascism alongside the Albanian partisans (Nicola Pedrazzi), whose actions and names are sealed into the lapidars spread all over the country – monuments that have been recently archived in a photographic project by Vincent Van Gerven Oei and Marco Mazzi for the Deparment of Eagles. Our intervention Ho visto un paese bianco bianco bianco, instead, sketched the history of these small metal devices, the kanoçe, outlining the political climate in which they were created, their technical details and what kind of programs and contents could be seen through them, asking, also, what was the role they played in Communist Albania. [vc_separator type='normal' position='center' color='' thickness='' up='' down=''] (The following text was written during our staying in Tirana. It is not to be considered as a proper essay but, instead, as a collection of doubts, questions and ideas we went through while developing our research. Each section, by unfolding the same narration from a different point of view, propose a take on kanaçe, on its history and on the meanings entangled in it.)
Albanian Lapidar Survey

During the communist period, the regime erected a large number of so-called lapidars in virtually every village, town, and city in Albania. These concrete monoliths on the one hand functioned as monuments commemorating a variety of “heroes of the nation” and “partizans” but on the...

Unstraight Alliance Art Residency 2014

The two works presented in this exhibition, Jepi me gojë (Use Your Mouth) by the art collective HAVEIT from Prishtina, and Koncert në Vitin 2014 (Concert in the Year 2014) by the Swedish artist Conny Karlsson Lundgren, are the result of a one-month art residency in...

Uninspired Architecture: Public Space and Public Memory in Albania

This event-exhibition, taking place during one week in Sincresis Spazio d’arte in Empoli, Italy, will sketch out a potential exhibition on the (re)enactment of public memory in public space, fleeting or more stable forms of monumentality, and potential modes of reactivation in different types of...

Unstraight Alliance Art Residency 2013

The Unstraight Alliance Art Residency project aims to continue the development of art as a way of practicing emancipatory politics. Selected artists are expected to work with the local LGBT community, developing a work that addresses, in an artistically acute manner, the current political and...

Pedagogies of Disaster

Pedagogies of Disaster is organized to address the fate of relation and the future of pedagogical practice in the University, and especially as it concerns the humanities. We seek to address the infrastructural or interpersonal changes in the modes of production as it relates to current...