Street Art in Tirana: A Commons?

Originally published here. In a study on the value of street art as cultural and urban commons, Patrick Wade McInnis chose two main references to street art to begin to describe why uncommissioned works hold importance for the communities they belong to (McInnis, 2016). The value of ‘illegality’ was acknowledged through the definition of graffiti…

Valbona Protests: Visual and Sound Installation in Tirana

On May 24th, 2018, the Valbona River ‘travelled’ to Tirana’s Skanderbeg Square, to “protest” against the hydropower constructions threatening 30km of its length.  Under attack by a proposed 14 hydropower plants – three of which are already under construction – the Valbona River is the heart of Northern Albania’s Valbona Valley National Park. Contemporary artist…