Albania Flies Past in Melanie Pyne’s Documentary at The Alchemy Experiment Glasgow

Melanie Pyne

Melanie Pyne: Children of the Eagles

Daily 09:00 - 18:00, Sun 10:00 - 17:00

From: 21 Apr 2023

To: 30 Apr 2023

The Alchemy Experiment
157 Byres Road
Glasgow & the Clyde Valley
G12 8TS

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The title of this solo photography exhibition by multi-media documentarian and research communications specialist Melanie Pyne is a reference to the literal translation of ‘Shqiptar’, a term used interchangeably by Albanians in reference to the true name of their country (Shqipëri”, or Land of the Eagles). The series documents the older population in the streets of Tirana, Durrës, Çeprat and Vloré.

Little is known of the country of Albania. A blend of isolationism and Stalinist authoritarianism under Enver Hoxha kept the Balkan country the poorest and most repressive in Europe. This project attempts to document the generations who grew up under the rise and fall of the Communist regime between 1945 and 1991 as they navigate the liminal space of a new, modernising Albania.

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