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18 photos - March 2015

 

"182 cm" is a series of photographs whereby the artist portrays himself standing under the entranceways of apartment blocks built during the communist dictatorship after World War Two. The project was finalized after four years of research process in all the cities of Albania.

He perfectly fits underneath the doorways, his height the exact same as that of the architectural objects, you might get a sence of the homogeneity of these buildings, the sameness with which large groups of people are forced to live under totalitarian rule. However these images also represent the ways that people subvert homogeneity, making these structures into homes that reflect their tastes and desires. These uniform houses provided minimal space and comfort, even as they continued to be built, popping up at every available location in cities across Albania. Made  by its citizens, these buildings are giant artefacts of Albanian’s history.