For Pasolini, technological innovations and consumerist principles

were what separated the new generation from former ones. “Souvenir

of my homeLAND” is a meditation on these ideas which Endri Dani

expresses through the process of “undressing” souvenirs one can find

everywhere in small stores in Tirana, places which have morphed into

the most frequented “contact zones” with the cultural heritage of

Albania. These objects are not only consumed by tourists, but they are

also consumed by Albanian citizens and immigrants as representative

emblems of ethnic and national identity, emblems of Albania,

emblems which, in fact, stand far removed from those aspects of

cultural heritage which they claim to evoke. Their garbs, colors,

symbols scraped, the gurines are exposed in the dirt that constitutes

their bare essence.


Sofia Kalo

(Pasolini Prossimo Nostro - 2013)