Broken Threads

“Broken Threads” is the manipulation of a ‘70s Albanian noir movie so as to transform it into its trailer, by collating footage and using as a soundtrack Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ “The Curse of Millhaven”, from album Murder Ballads. This project aims at tackling the phenomenon of crime and revolution starting from the earliest Jesuit conspirations, showing revolution is nothing but the infamous motto: my work starts when yours is done. For this reason, the movie wasn’t digitalized through usual processes but was instead filmed with an handicam for the whole of its duration, so as to respect the project’s concept. “Broken Threads" elaborates Cave’s track with Albanian noir movie “Broken Threads”, revolving around a bunch of Albanian agents – former Nazi collaborators during WWII – operating against the socialist system, suddenly coming back to their homeland to sabotage and destroy some important objectives in the country’s secret industrial plans. The movie stresses the relationship between memory and actuality, old and new enemies, adding up in a noir spy story showing international plots and conspiration finally failing, as usual, in the best of ways.

Fani Zguro was born in 1977 in Tirana. Lives and works in Tirana, Milan and Berlin. Zguro was graduated at Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera in Milan (1998–2007). In 2007 he won the International Onufri Prize by National Gallery of Arts in Tirana; in 2016 the International Mulliqi Prize by the National Gallery of Kosovo in Prishtina and Best Video-Art by TIFF. Zguro was part of the program AiR 2017 at Q21 -Museumsquartier in Vienna. He has exhibited at Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest, Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Mediterranee Marseille, Filmoteca Espanola Madrid, Photo Museum Braunschweig, 2nd Tirana Biennale, 3rd Mardin Biennale, 4th Young Artists Biennale of Bucharest, Ludwig Museum Budapest, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rijeka, Public Library New York and Centre Pompidou Paris.

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