‘Even the walls has Ears’ communism stories

"Even the Walls Have Ears!" This was the tittle of a visual projection showed in the Facade of Tirana University on Europe Day. The artistic project created by Alketa Xhafa aimed to remember the communist past in Albania and to honor the people who suffered during communist regime. The title of the installation “Even the walls have Ears” derives from a proverb used by Albanians during the Hoxha years. Those who lived that times know the meaning: don’t speak out, don’t even voice the truth. You never know who is spying you. You never know if your friend is a spy. You never know if an agent of the state or an informer is listening. People couldn’t express their fears, desires and hopes, because the consequences could be imprisonment or even worse death penalty.

‘Even the walls has Ears’ communism stories

Alketa Xhafa wanted to bring these untold stories through this installation. The project aimed to reach a great public, seeking to promote freedom of speech throughout Albania, as a means of beginning a larger dialogue about a period that remains strangely understated and not much talked about.

Younger generations are not aware of Enver Hoxha's dictatorial regime; everybody has the right to learn about the brutal era of communism and the consequences.

This project is part of a larger unfolding campaign called “Remembrance to Heal and Prevent” that is supported by the Authority for Information on Former Communist Police Secret Files, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Italian government.

‘Even the walls has Ears’ communism stories

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