An exhibition called ‘The shelters of Albania’ shed light a dark period of the country’s political history. Built in the era of Enver Hodja, a socialist dictator, almost every town of the country, the shelters used to suppress opposition.
The photos of shelters taken by Robert Hackman are exhibited with the support of Albanian Ministry of Culture. The exhibition remains open for a week.
Reflecting the shelters of the Cold War’s Albania on the photos, Australian photographer Hackman said “I take the photo of a transformation in which something that is seen negative turns to be perceived as positive. Some of the shelters are now cafes or they are decorated in an artistic manner. I capture this interesting transformation.”
The photos has a unique historical role at the same time. Hackman’s exhibition is the first photo event that takes the shelters which were characterized by state policy into its focal point.
There is no certain information about the accurate number of shelters in the country. Some of them were destroyed after Hodja period while some are decorated and ornamented. Those which are on the coast are used as cafes and restaurants.
The exhibition get high thumbs from the visitors. A retired Albanian soldier Syria Belliu said “These shelters were built after 1970’s to protect the country from both NATO and neighboring countries attacks. At that time, every citizen was accepted as soldier. Therefore, a considerable part of the budget were allocated to these shelters. This was the policy.”
Kuzey News AgencyLast Mod: 07 Kasım 2014, 22:33