Title of publication: Concresco
Name of artist: David Galjaard
Additional contributor/s: Slavenka Drakulic & Jaap Scholten
Design: Katie McGonigal
Editor: David Galjaard
Publication date: April 21st, 2012
Place of publication: Den Haag (The Hague), The Netherlands
Edition size: 750 (including 78 special editions)
Format: Soft cover with embossing, Swiss binding
Size: 213 x 340 mm
Number of pages: 168
Type of printing: Offset
Type of paper: 90 and 150 grams Hello fatmat 1.1
Name of printer: Pantheon
Number of pictures: 62
Price: 45,- euro (standard edition), 150,- euro (special edition)
Description of book:
Fearing an attack from abroad, Albanian Stalinist leader Enver Hoxha had around 750,000 above-ground bunkers built during his time in power, from 1945 until his death in 1985. After the collapse of communism in 1991, the virtually indestructible bunkers were deprived of their unfulfilled purpose, serving purely as an obtrusive reminder of a dictatorship that had had lasted for almost fifty years.
Today their massed presence seems mainly to impress foreigners, while Albanians themselves prefer to look to the future. Although accession to the EU is expected to take at least another ten years, the population has a sense of being ready for it.
In this documentary, the bunkers are used as a visual metaphor in the telling of a larger social story. They help to paint a picture of developments in a country that was the last in Europe to renounce communism and has set out on a demanding quest to become part of the capitalist West.
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Artist website: www.davidgaljaard.com