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Workers Leaving the Studio. Looking Away from Socialist Realism. catalogs the exhibition “Workers leaving the studio. Looking away from socialist realism.,” curated by Mihnea Mircan in the National Gallery of Arts in Tirana, Albania in 2015. According to Mircan, “The […] exhibition reflects on another projection machine, whose history and consequences, unlike cinema, are circumscribed by national boundaries, specific histories, and ideological configurations. The regime of production and representation of socialist realism radicalizes the violence that the creation of a new image does to its subject: it intensifies the fraught relation between refashioned representation and that which is represented. Its insistence on a particular, projective notion of reality is commensurate with the coercion of daily — cultural, social, emotional — life into a grid whose perspective lines and vanishing points carry heavy ideological charges. It enforces what it represents onto that which it represents, so that representation would replace reality.” Apart from a full documentation of the exhibition by photographer Marco Mazzi, the catalogue also features theoretical and art-historical contributions, both in English and in Albanian, on socialist realist art as developed in Albania under the communist regime, as well as texts highlighting contemporary attempts to display political realities through progressive artistic practices. Artists include: Santiago Sierra, Jonas Staal, Ciprian Mureşan, Irwin, Sarah Vanagt, and Armando Lulaj, with scholarly contributions by

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  1. Cover
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  1. Copyright, Title Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Parathënie
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  1. Curatorial Note
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  1. Santiago Sierra: Four Black Vehicles with the Engine Running inside an Art Gallery
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  1. Sali Shijaku’s Zëri i Masës and the Metaphysics of Representation in Albanian Socialist Realist Painting
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  1. Jonas Staal: Anatomy of a Revolution – Rojava
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  1. Stateless Democracy
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  1. Ciprian Mureşan: Dead Weights
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  1. Një kohë e shkuar në themel të kohës sonë
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  1. Irwin
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  1. The Nigerian Connection: On nsk Passports as Escape and Entry Vehicles
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  1. Ciprian Mureşan: Communism Never Happened
  2. pp. 129-133
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  1. Sarah Vanagt: Élevage de poussière (Dust Breeding)
  2. pp. 134-140
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  1. Disturbed Earth
  2. pp. 141-160
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  1. Ilustrimi i instruksioneve ose Gjigandi dhe Shkurtabiqi
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  1. Armando Lulaj
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  1. The Production of Hrönir: Albanian Socialist Realism and After
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780692480410
MARC Record
OCLC
945783129
Pages
210
Launched on MUSE
2021-06-16
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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