HISTŒRI removing

Stefano Romano & Eri Çobo

Histœri removing is a reflection on the “pyramid”, a funeral mausoleum for the Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha built in 1987. On 5 July 2011, the Albanian parliament with only the votes of majority, decided to demolish it, to replace it (at least on paper) by a very modern building which should house the Albanian parliament. The pyramid is one of the few remaining monuments of socialist architecture in Albania and its removal is a clear sign of the wish to forget, exceed, at all costs their past, without having metabolized it.

The work starts from this point and it develops through an action that was to climb up one side of the pyramid rolling out a white sheet with the word HISTERI (Hysteria), in which only one letter is different from HISTORI (History); During the action unexpectedly some Roma children join us, after having listen the meaning of what we were doing there. A video, a series of photographs and a series of drawings were developed from the action. The direction of the video is a collaboration with the “Debatik Center”.