Arta is one of the Trans Roma members of the Aleanca LGBTQ+ working against the descirmination of trans and queer persons in Tirana. As gender change is illegal in Albania, she sought medical help outside the country. This photograph was created during the filming of The Bow Wake [Vala e Harkut], 2019. The film addresses complex issues surrounding expressions and perceptions of gender across cultures and histories.
Silvi Naçi (b.1987, Albania) is an art worker and educator working between Albania and Los Angeles. They work with performance, video, sculpture, photography, text, and installation. Their interest lies in the subtle and violent ways decolonization and migration affects and reshapes a people, language, gender identity as well as social and cultural dynamics. Naçi holds a dual BFA in Fine Arts and Graphic Design from Suffolk University (2011), and an MFA in Photography + Media from California Institute of the Arts (2019).
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