This book has been developed from a selection of doodles produced by Edi Rama between 2000 and 2012.
Edi Rama is an artist and politician from Albania who, following the collapse of Communism, became involved with democratic movements. He left Albania for France in 1994 and lived there as an artist, participating in various exhibitions and biennales. He returned to Albania in 1998 and became Minister of Culture, Youth, and Sports from 1998 to 2000, subsequently becoming Mayor of Tirana from 2000 to 2011. Since 2005, Rama has been the leader of the Socialist Party of Albania —the largest party in Albania— and, until 2013, leader of the Opposition. He is the actual Prime Minister of Albania since 2013.
It is uncertain if Edi Rama’s doodles are the fruit of close attention or daydreaming. Made on printouts of his daily agenda, office notes, protocols, faxes, and other official correspondence, the drawings are like a stream of lava, loosely weaving their way through documents related to the day-to-day grind. While Rama's mind focuses on the political context of the discussion, his eyes are focused on the paper, following his hand, which records his inner experience. Anri Sala compares and contrasts the doodles within the context of Rama's background.
Juxtaposed with Rama's doodles, Sala places concurrent news headlines from Albanian and international papers that cover political and social events with both local and global importance. The headlines are sometimes interspersed with excerpts from Aleksandr Rodchenko's journal "Experiments For The Future”, which remind us, with their enthusiastic or pessimistic perspective on the world 80 years ago, of more distant day-to-day concerns and hopes.
spanish, english and french
21 x 32 cm