Armando Lulaj

NEVER
Albania 2013

12.02. 15:00 OmEU Arsenal Cinema 1
13.02. 19:30 OmEU Arsenal Cinema 2

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In 1968, by order of the Labour Party, the army, helped by the voluntary youth, undertakes one of the greatest voluntary works of the Communist era in Albania: on the side of a mountain range nearby the Albanian city of Berat, Albania’s dictator Enver Hoxha has his name displayed in a monumental engraving.
44 years later, a group of villagers take the effort to climb the mountain and change the letters by overwriting a new word, referring to the past dictatorship and the current government. ENVER becomes NEVER in a laborious process of ‘(un-)naming’ the recent past.

Armando Lulaj, born 1980 in Tirana, Albania, lives and works in Tirana. His works have been shown, among others, of the 6th Berlin Biennial (2010), and at the Albanian Pavilion in the 52nd Venice Biennial (2007).

Format: HD video
Running time: 22 min
produced by: Debatikcenter Production/Distribution, Paolo Maria Deanesi Gallery