Albanian Trilogy: A Series of Devious Stratagems
Marco Scotini (Ed.)
Albanian playwright and film artist Armando Lulaj’s (b. 1980) project for the 56th Venice Biennale Albanian Pavilion is a time capsule of the country’s past treading the line between fact and fiction. Combining evocation and documentation, Lulaj conveys the historical-political phase during which Albania built its inter- national identity with archival materials, three videos and an enormous whale’s skeleton—both protagonist and silent witness—representing the Hobbesian principle of sovereignty. Complementing the exhibition, the compact hardcover catalog-reader includes essays by curator Marco Scotini, historian Elidor Mehilli, NYU critic and philosopher Boris Groys and theorist Jonida Gashi. Film stills and original and archival photographs ruminate on communism’s mechanisms of power and socializing myths through the lens of Albania’s geopolitical situation. A conversation between Hou Hanru and Lulaj, along with Edi Muki’s reading of the trilogy, focuses on the cross-disciplinary methods of historical reconstruction located between the role of artist and social archaeologist.
Hardcover / 5 ¾ x 8 ½ inches / 308 pp / 150 b&w and 101 color
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