Effi Weiss & Amir Borenstein — Housewarming // Screening

25.02 2016 /
20h30 Beursschouwburg. August Ortsstraat 20 -28, 1000 Brussel

Effi Weiss & Amir Boren­stein — Hou­se­war­ming // Screening

jeu­di 25 février à 20:30

Beurs­schouw­burg. August Ortss­traat 20 ‑28, 1000 Brussel

Billets dis­po­nibles


In a two-dimen­sio­nal dys­to­pian land­scape of deser­ted, half-built houses in ex-com­mu­nist Alba­nia, an alle­go­ri­cal ver­sion of Gol­di­locks and the Three Bears unfolds.

Like so many Alba­nians, the owners of the unfi­ni­shed homes emi­gra­ted to the West after the end of the tota­li­ta­rian regime (1991).

Effi Weiss & Amir Boren­stein invade the limi­nal space of the houses and occu­py their emp­ti­ness, while the voice of an Alba­nian iso-poly­pho­nic choir* sings poems based on inter­views with locals respon­ding to the artists’ invasion.

This act of reverse immi­gra­tion, from a place regar­ded as repre­sen­ta­tive of Wes­tern affluence to a place consi­de­red des­ti­tute and defi­cient, cri­ti­cal­ly inquires into the sta­tus of artists as pri­vi­le­ged forei­gners, short-term migrants who come to work with a local com­mu­ni­ty. It’s a move­ment from the full to the emp­ty, from excess to lack.

*a tra­di­tio­nal form from sou­thern Albania

BE/AL, 2016, 35’

AL spo­ken

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