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Camilla de Maffei
Grande Padre

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Exhibition Details

Grande Padre is a long-term project that, starting from the particular Albanian case, invites reflection on the global relationship between the individual, society and power.

From 1945 to 1991, Albania was the largest prison in Europe. For forty-five years, during Enver Hoxha's regime, thinking freely and expressing one's opinion in public was dangerous even for the listener. On a daily basis, hundreds of agents monitored the 'ideological correctness' of party members and citizens, spying on and then classifying individuals according to their most insignificant behaviour. The collapse of the regime, symbolised by the pulling down of Hoxha's statue in Skanderberg Square on 20 February 1991, gave the Albanians freedom, but also a dizzying void and a future full of contradictions: migration, consumerism, Europe.

Grande Padre's research process, started in 2018 and made in collaboration with journalist Christian Elia, proposes an immersion in contemporary Albania to explore the implications and consequences of the rise and fall of a regime. The narrative corpus (photography, text and sound) highlights the scars that this transitional process has imprinted on society, meticulously analysing its architecture and places, identifying gestures and symbols, digging through the rubble of the past and comparing it with that which populates the present.

About the Author

Camilla de Maffei (Italy, 1981) is a photographer and lecturer working between Milan and Barcelona. Specialising in the Balkan area - where she has been active since 2009 - she has focused her personal production in Bosnia Herzegovina, Romania and Albania. Here, using the exploration of a specific place as a starting point, she has realised several projects that investigate and question the relationship between territory and landscape (geopolitical, cultural, social).

Her projects have been exhibited in national and international galleries, institutions and festivals such as Fotografia Europea (Italy, Reggio Emilia 2023), Les Boutographies Festival (France, Montpellier 2023), Manuel Rivera Ortiz Foundation (France, Arles 2023), Sa Nostra Foundation (Spain, Palma de Mallorca, 2022), Palazzo Massari (Italy, Ferrara 2018), The Half King Gallery (USA, New York 2016), among others.


Main Location - Spazio Bianco, DumBO

Via Camillo Casarini, 19 – Bologna
12-15 September
Thu 3pm-9pm. Fri-Sun 10am-9pm

Tickets €10 (Reduced €8)

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