Jutta Benzenberg, Kalo gallery showcases ‘Austrians at Heart’

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times May 26, 2017 09:33

Jutta Benzenberg, Kalo gallery showcases ‘Austrians at Heart’

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  • The fates of descendants of Austrian migrants in Albania were often tragic, especially under more than four decades of dictatorship until the early 1990s when they suffered persecution and discrimination, says the Kalo gallery

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TIRANA, May 25 – Tirana and Munich-based German photographer Jutta Benzenberg is tracing the fate of Austrian descendants in Albania from the early 1920 after Albania had declared independence with Austrian support to decades of discrimination and persecution under communism.

Already showcasing at Tirana’s Kalo art gallery, the “Austrians at Heart” exhibition mostly features descendants of Austrian women who came to Albania during the 1920 and 30s and because of marrying remained in the country.

The fates of descendants of Austrian migrants in Albania were often tragic, especially under more than four decades of dictatorship until the early 1990s when they suffered persecution and discrimination, says the Kalo gallery, one of Tirana’s busiest contemporary art spaces.

The exhibition, which will remain open until June 11, is brought by the Austrian embassy in Tirana.

Austria is one of the historical supporters of Albania from the country’s independence in the early 20th century to present day Euro-Atlantic integration.

The most important support Albania received from then-Austria-Hungary was in the critical years of 1912-1913 during the country’s independence, when the country’s existence was called into question by the Great Powers of that time.

Photographer Jutta Benzenberg has been shooting in Albania since the early 1990s soon after the collapse of the country’s communist regime, featuring different aspects of life in Albania during the transition to democracy and market economy. She is the widow of late Albanian writer Ardian Klosi.

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times May 26, 2017 09:33