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May 2017, English/Albanian
24×30 cm, 112 pages, 43 color ill., softcover
ISBN 978-3-95679-332-5
NORM, Zurich
Out of print


Recollection is the presence of the past in the here and now; it shapes our understanding of our places and lives, their histories and changes. As experience becomes fact, the past turns into objective matter. Leonard Qylafi’s artistic practice takes such material records as books, films, or photos as points of departure for examining this process of change. His paintings and videos are as much investigations of the processes shaping the narration of events in his home country of Albania as they are reflections on the nature of the image as such. Conceived for the Albanian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale, the publication features images of Qylafi’s works alongside extensive documentation and notes of his source material.

Edited by Vanessa Joan Müller with an essay by Cathryn Drake, Occurrence in Present Tense reminds us that “there is no single memory, only a plural understanding of history molded by the interests of the present.”