THE PHAIR

27.05.2022 > 29.05.2022

 

Torino Esposizioni / Parco del Valentino
booth 2 - hall LILAC

On the occasion of the third edition of The Phair, we are pleased to present a monographic stand dedicated to the project Ghosts of Capitalism / Capitalism in the time of war, a cycle of new works created by Lala Meredith-Vula (Sarajevo, 1966) starting from the 1980s.

Through large black and white images of rare beauty and drama, Lala Meredith-Vula tells stories of her own land - Albania and Kosovo -, describing the gap between the traditional world with its landscapes, its environments, its customs, and the present world. Her photographic shots highlight the complexity and coexistence of aspects and experiences that characterize our global era.

Lala Meredith-Vula creates cycles of works accumulating over the years a vast repertoire of photographs. Among others, the Bathers series, presented in the Albanian pavilion of the 48th Venice Biennale in 1999, which shows a series of women and girls in an ancient Turkish bath, or the Haystacks series (1989-ongoing) exhibited at dOCUMENTA14 in 2017, “portraits” of haystacks of various and persistent shapes that precede the formation of the current nation states. Sculpture-like haystacks, which at times seem animated and about to speak and tell their version of events.

Since the 1980s, Lala Meredith-Vula has been working on the project Ghosts of Capitalism / Capitalism in the time of war, a series of photographs taken in Albania and Kosovo, in the different periods that have marked their history, politics and the economy over 40 years. It is the unconscious that directs Lala Meredith-Vula's gaze. She combines an intuitive approach with a careful ethnographic and anthropological study of daily business. “In Eastern Europe I have seen extreme poverty, especially in times of war and economic crisis. But the people, the shops, the windows that I frame convey the illusion that capitalism is the way that leads to freedom. Even in the rubble of war it seems that the people who fight for existence are preparing for a better life.”

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