Tirana Tours (2007)

Photo Series (10 photos)/Video Interview 6:23 min.

The starting point of the project is the communist tourist guide “Tirana”, a book that was published in German/English/French/Albanian in 1990. After the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 Albania was the last country in Europe with a communist system (until 1992).

During my residency in 2007 I re-photographed five locations depicted in the book and made a video interview with Petrit Kumi who is the photographer of the original shots.

The project is investigating the mechanism of ideological rhetoric and shows how neo-liberal capitalism inscribed its economic and social processes into the physical landscape of the city.

The project was realised in the frame of the Artist-in-Residence-Exchange program by < rotor > and TICA (Tirana Institute of Contemporary Art). Supported by by the Austrian Embassy in Tirana.

 

Video with Petrit Kumi