Sead Kazanxhiu

 

‘’SHTEPIZEZA”

Small house, Home sweet home, 2014.

Multimedia installation of 2500 small, individually crafted, plaster homes.

dimension 5x5 cm per each

 

The small pottery houses are accessories for the artist’s public performances, spontaneous actions and demonstrative protests which he usually performs in public spaces to call attention to the “Roma housing” situation in Europe. Occasionally he installs many thousands of the small houses in front of the buildings of public authorities, or in artistic spaces, where he makes a conscious effort to connect his political activism and aesthetic work. His initiatives call attention to the tragic housing situation of Roma: to the lack of financial capacities of Roma families to own a home, to the vulnerability that the dependence on national authorities in the Roma housing creates, as well as to the everyday occurrences of eviction and homelessness of Roma families, due to economic oppression and the complete lack of prosperity. Where can Roma feel safe, if they do not have a home – symbolically and literarily?

 

Timea Junghaus

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