Exhibition view: ResponsABILITY rotor Graz,  April 2018
photos © Wolfgang Obermair
 
A series of takes on Haki Stërmilli’s „Sikur t’isha djalë“ (If I were a boy) – Chapter 6 / Chapter 7
Video Installation with Sound, HD, Color, 2016 13:27 min
 
Chapter 6 Voice: Gentiola Madhi Performance: Ina Havaraj || Chapter 7 Voice: Uendi Pustina Performance: PMS (PreMenstrualSyndrom)
Camera, Sound, Editing: Veronika Eberhart
 
During a stay in Tirana, organized by rotor Graz and T.I.C.A. (Tirana Institute for contemporary art) Veronika Eberhart researched for the book „ Sikur t’isha djalë “ (If I were a boy) by the Albanian writer Haki Stërmilli. The epistolary novel written in the 1930s is considered to be an early feminist manifesto and describes in the form of a diary from the perspective of a young girl openly the suffering and difficulties of her growing up in a patriarchal society. Since the book to this date hasn’t been translated neither in English nor German, the artist asked in 2016 nine Albanian speaking women, to meet with her while retelling the book. An important part of the recorded personal translations were the opinions on the book’s significance in today’s post-communist Albania directly by a young generation of women. Additionally, Eberhart recorded the cities soundscape and filmed the members of a young Albanian feminist punk band (PMS) in their rehearsing room and at some significant architectural monuments of the city of Tirana, like “The Pyramid” which was originally built as a Mausoleum for the late communist leader Enver Hoxha. In its past it was used for various purposes from being a museum, a convention center, a military staging area and a television station, but it is currently closed and serves as a popular hang-out spot among young people. Using a variety of media Chapter 6 / Chapter 7 are a first iteration of this project that works with the books fictional narrative in a diachronic approach in today’s world and realities. The Project is still evolving but has been already exhibited in different formats, including a poster edition and a screening with the installment of two rare editions of the book from 1967 and 1975. In “A series of takes on Haki Stërmilli’s ‘Sikur t’isha djalë’ (If I were a boy)” diverse forms of feminist empowerment from different time