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a project by Martin Krenn

Photo Series (10 photos)/Video Interview 6:23 min.
Tirana 2007

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


Caption reads: "The Enver Hoxha Museum on the Heroes of
Nation Boulevard"

02 02_A

Caption reads: "Appartments buildings and shops at the
center of Tirana"

03 03_aa

Caption reads: "The Flora Shop, one of the important houses,
in which Comrade Enver Hoxha carried on his communist activity"

04 04a

Caption reads: "The sport center of Tirana"

05 05a

Caption reads: "Concert at the open theatre at the
Great Park of Tirana"