Proposal for a Project Entitled “Pallati i Ëndrrave”
The artist(s) create an elaborate fictional documentary chronicling the writing of a book by well-known Albanian author Ismail Kadare. Kadare begins the book in 2014, publishing several short versions of the text, which presents a Kafka-esque fantasy of the Ottoman Empire. As the text nears its final form, some critics begin to draw parallels with current political events and the book’s fantastical narrative, raising questions of censorship and Kadare’s own politically privileged position in neoliberal Albania. The novels themes are examined in relation to growing paranoia and the obscure discourses of the state. The documentary continues into the future, with interviews with scholars looking back and assessing the ways Kadare’s novel revealed the spectacular and simulational economy of neoliberal life. The documentary may be realized as a single-channel video, or a multi-channel video installation.