Pipifax. – Through the Looking Glass and what we found there
Haus am Gern (Barbara Meyer Cesta & Rudolf Steiner)
June 4, 2011 – June 12, 2011
Opening: Friday 3, 2011, 7 pm
Opening dates: June 4 – 12, 2011
Opening hours: 11 am – 5 pm
“Pipifax – Through the Looking Glass and what we found there” is a series of large-scale photographs taken in key places of Tirana reverberating the political demonstrations and social unrest that took place during the last month.
The concept of “inversion” that is already inherent in the origin of the word ‘Pipifax’ can be traced throughout the series. Based on re-enactments of the recent student protests, the photograph’s backdrop reveals itself as laterally reversed; protest plates have been replaced by commercial signs and advertisement and vice versa.
“The revolution will not be televised” Gill Scott Heron once famously stated. The series hence suggests a model of translation that has deliberately ‘gone terribly wrong’. It strategically presents ‘nonsense’ (read: ‘Pipifax’) as an attempt to glimpse at political dynamics and political failures that otherwise would become absorbed by their own representation.
As the production of the photograph – ‘Giga Images’ – was very laborious, they can also be read as performative works, interventions into the public space that intentionally stir the attention and response of the passer-by. The fact the project involved a great number of local artists and students contributes further to the participatory undercurrent of this work.
With the participation of:
Albi Azuni, Flugers Beci, Doris Beci, Rubin Beqo, Marvina Çela, Ernard Dyli, Rigels Dyrmishi, Alson Dyrmishi, Florjan Fejzollari, Amanda Hyseni, Andri Ibrahimaj, Mustafa Kacurri, Illir Kaso, Sead Kazanxhiu, Klajdi Kruja, Bashkim Kupi, Demir Kurti, Brikena Lila, Dejvi Muçaj, Jovana Muka, Marlo Ndoci, Kristofer Ndreko, Miletovon Nrdeko, Matilda Odobashi, Olsi Odobashi, Arjola Oshafi, Elvisa Plloçi, Alketa Ramaj, Edmond Ramushi, Olta & Redi Saliasi, Redi Qondraj, Armando Qoshku
Special thanks to:
Florjan Fejzollari, Illir Kaso, Matilda Odobashi, Redi Saliasi, Enkeleda Suti (Tirana Art Lab)
Dritan Nasi & Team (TEN Center Tirana)
Ashraf Anwer / Jona Matohiti (MAK – Albania)
Rubin Beqo, Klajdi Kruja, Edmond Ramushi (Tirana Ekspres)
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The Artist-in-Residence Program is supported by Pro Helvetia / www.prohelvetia.ch