For French philosopher, Jacques Derrida, life (but also the unconscious) is a multilayered collection of traces – a palimpsest – rather than a continuous, linear plotline. Our experiences, our histories, memories…identities, are narratives that do not remain static but are changed or covered by other narratives. Exposing the strata of traces, that is, thinking about and looking at our world as a palimpsest, is a necessary reaction of those who question the “stratum” of the present, revolted as they might be by kitsch, tired of dreaming unrealizable dreams, as the global arrests all whispers of local expressions.


Nature and nurture threaten each other. The former seeks revenge from the latter, a revenge that remains embryonic, despite evermore gaining ground.


In this sense, the “archaeological” discoveries of Endri Dani are inspired and driven from the need to answer the questions, “Who am I?” and “Where do I come from?” not simply due to an intellectual curiosity, but also as a spiritual need that grows within him and bursts in the gesture of scraping mundane objects.


The search embodied in “Palimpsest” does not appear to have an end but it invites us to become part of the process as well as the result.


Endri Dani not only carefully scrapes in order to uncover – as in the case of the layers of wall paint – but he also creates palimpsests – as in the case of the painted cement mixer.


Fascinated by this process, in his portfolio he also brings “ready made” objects, the “archeologist” of which is nature herself, vengeful toward kitsch, as in the case of the [drink] can whose global identity can no longer be deciphered.


Through tese works, derived from traditional crafts and presented through contemporary media, Endri Dani opens a road with many paths which will lead him and others toward further conceptual palimpsests, that think about the non-linearity of traces that is life but also material culture and our histories of it.


Stefan Capaliku (Writer)