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The First Kyiv International Biennale ARSENALE 2012

MAY 24th – JULY 31st

Curator David Elliott

Title: “Bunker Mentality/ Landscape Legacy” 2012


In her new work made especially for the Biennale, Albanian artist Anila Rubiku Aestheticizes the all-pervasive legacy of ex-President Enver Hoxha’s system of national defence by making it into an installation. Symbols of resistance against a non-existent enemy, Bunker Mentality/ Landscape Legacy elaborates the paranoid form of the concrete bunker (about  750,000 ruins still litter the country) in a “Celebration” of the economic stagnation caused by the same mentality in which Albania is still mired. Difficult to demolish and expensive to remove, they have even become a kind of kitsch national emblem in the form of souvenirs and ash trays. In some cases they have actually been transformed into kiosks, store rooms, cafes, discos – even chapel. Yet in spite of their ostensible normalisation these structures still mask a largely unknown story of violence and sorrow.

David Elliott

Page. 56

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times. Rebirth and Apocalypse in Contemporary Art.  2012– The first Kyiv International Biennial of Contemporary Art. Arsenale 2012 – Mystetskyi Arsenal.




Mystetskyi Arsenal
St. Lavrska, 10-12
01010, Kyiv, Ukraine, 01010


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