On Thursday the 15th of march, four works of the participating artists of the “Pyramida”-exhibtion made their way to the Lighthouse Festival in The Hague’s Korzo Theater.
Moritz Geremus – Freedom – Joy in Labor – Political Transparency – Honor
Nika Volkova – Equally abandoned
Pim van der Heiden – Retrogeography of Enver Hoxha’s Statue’s Life
AND a new work by Ronald Schelfhout – Albania, things that were created in the eagle country
Unfortunately only the latter two made it into the documentation.
Visible in the background - the Albanian Flag next to Ronald's video on a deconstructed TV inside a wooden structure.
Retrogeography of Enver Hoxha’s Statue’s Life
A while ago, Pim was wondering where the “big beak” inside the pyramid came from. Today I found the answer, by accident. As my friends from Aleanca LGBT were making a graffiti last on your on the Day Against Homophobia, May 17, they saw the following procession happening, carrying the skeleton into the pyramid. So: mystery solved. (Next mystery: why did they want to put it inside?)
14 artistë nga Holanda, Sllovakia, Rusia, Hungaria, Austria dhe Amerika zbarkuan rreth pesë javë më parë në Tiranë, ku u janë bashkuar edhe disa artistëve nga Shqipëria. Misioni i tyre ishte vështrim objektiv i realitetit shqiptar, duke marrë spunto nga Piramida, simboli i fundit i komunizmit, e sjellë si “relikte” edhe në kapitalizmin e vonë shqiptar. Lexo më shumë…
As mentioned earlier on this blog, the enormous pyramid on the crossroad of the main boulevard and the Lana, opened in 1988 as a museum for the late communist dictator Enver Hoxha, has been the scenery for various activities. After the fall of communism in 1991 it was used as a conference center and party venue; during the 1999 Kosovo War it was used as a NATO base; since 2001 the national commercial television station Top Channel is settled in the back part of the pyramid (by then the building was already officially renamed International Center for Culture); for years the front part has been used as a venue for conventions and cultural events and even facilitated a popular dance club, until only a few years ago.
Urban cleaning ladies improvise a place to sit and chat
Focusing on the current activity inside of the pyramid, an imaginary line dividing the front part from the back part of the building can be drawn. The back part of the building emits constant activity; being a big transmitter of popular television programs. In contrast, the front entrance of the building – introduced by a symmetrically organized park with stairs and dead fountains – is slatternly barricaded with random pieces of wood and metal plates; being totally closed for the outside world. Since the front part of the Pyramid has been abandoned, the condition of the structure started to run back in big steps. In only little time the white marble on the banks disappeared; immature graffiti is being employed all over; many windows are smashed and holes are closed in a poor looking manner. Asking Tirana’s inhabitants about the building, everybody agrees that the pyramid should be restored in its original form, open to the public in a way to not forget about the past. Top Channel journalist Alisa Mysliu to an American journalist about the pyramid: ”It’s part of us. Even communism, even the good things. It’s a part of our country. It’s part of our history. Have you destroyed everything in your country that brings you bad memories?” Sadly enough the authorities gave up on the pyramid last year, allowing the consummation of a passive destruction if not actively breaking it down.
By now, the Pyramids-crew has safely returned in one piece back to their headquarters in The Hague, NL.
May the rising double-headed eagle greet our presence soon again!