Humanistic Communism (Public Space Intervention)

Double Feature 4 is a new event format introduced by Tirana Art Lab with the aim of systematically displaying in our premises, two artistic positions to the Albanian, the regional and international audience. For the Double Feature #4 TAL brings together the work of Albanian artist Nikolin Bujari and the Macedonian artist Nada Prlja. The fourth Double Feature presentation is part of “Heroes We Love” collaboration project and it include works that where developed through public space interventions and a workshop with the motto Socialist Heroes Revisited.

Tirana Art Lab engages contemporary artists of younger generation into the project through the art intervention on the selected socialist era monuments. The interventions aim to stimulate public debate, initiate new interpretations and envisage the potentials of those art works of the past.

Humanistic Communism is a third experiment with participants, following the projects Redi-ness: Gestalt and Red-iness: Robespierre.

On the 5th of May, Martyr’s Day in Albania, a workshop with participants Aurora Kalemi, Mirjana Meçaj, Lucas Vogt, Ruzmira Beqiraj Bejaj was conducted in the backyard of the National Gallery of Art in Tirana. In this backyard are kept historical momuments of Stalin, Lenin, Enver Hodja and others – the only place in Tirana where communist-era monuments have been  protected from acts of public agression.

The workshop aimed to create an image of Humanistic Communism, where the group of participants demonstrated love and care for the former socialist monuments, through various gestures initiated and guided by the artist. The participants literary hugged, caressed, kissed and cleaned the monuments, fantasising collectively about changing or mitigating the cruelty of both current and future political systems.

The documentation photographs were exhibited as part of the exhibition Double Feature 4 Nikolin Bujari & Nada Prlja exhibited at Tirana Art Lab 7 May – 4 June 2016, as part of the project ‘Heroes we Love’.




Humanistic Communism 
Nada Prlja, 2016
20 Photographs, each 10 x 15 cm, Workshop documentation
Workshop organised by TAL, Workshop participants: Aurora Kalemi, Mirjana Meçaj, Lucas Vogt, Ruzmira Beqiraj Bejaj. Photographs by Nada Prlja and TAL
Held at the National Gallery of Arts, Tirana, Albania
Courtesy of Tirana Art Lab and the artist

Images from the exhibition opening Double Feature 4 at Tirana Art Lab, Tirana, Albania:

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Double Feature 4 Nikolin Bujari & Nada Prlja exhibited at Tirana Art Lab

Double Feature 4 is a part of a project ‘Heroes we Love’

‘Heroes we Love’ catalogue