Special Screening: Shkrepëtima | Petrit Halilaj

July 19, 2019

Dokufest is thrilled to present a special screening of Petrit Halilaj’s film Shkrepëtima, which follows the artistic performance with the same name that sparked a light in Runik one year ago. The film will have its national premiere at Lumbardhi on August 08, followed by a discussion between Petrit Halilaj and the curator Leonardo Bigazzi.

Conceived by Petrit Halilaj, one of Kosovo’s most distinguished artist, Shkrepëtima was named after a monthly multi-ethnic newspaper created and published from teachers, actors, and students of Runik (Skënderaj), in the late 70s and early 80s. The performance took place in front of the ruins of the House of Culture in Runik, and was a succession of thorough research on the recent history of Runik, taken from social and historical memories, documents, publications, newspaper sources, municipality archives and interviews with the local people who were directly involved in the theatre and the cultural life of the town. It involved professional actors, musicians as well as the local community and the artist’s family members. The stage was animated through moving sculptures, sounds, lights and an exceptional scenography created by Halilaj from the ruins of the building and inspired by the collective memory of Runik’s citizens. The night also restaged four fragments from some of the most prominent Albanian plays that were performed in the theater of this building in the 80s.

Shkrepëtima unearthed the past of Runik, revitalized the House of Culture and uplifted its community, and most importantly was a direct incentive for the institutional initiatives of the Ministry of Culture that resulted in including the House of Culture on the List of the Cultural Heritage for Temporary Protection.

The performance Shkrepëtima was the first step of a three-part project developed for the Mario Merz Prize that included also two exhibitions at the Zentrum Paul Klee (CH) and at the Fondazione Merz (IT). A catalogue with the research and photo documentation of the whole project was published by hopefulmonster.

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