The Albanian Conference: 

In Collaboration with DNA, Fadescha & Rebecca Pokua Korang

- ongoing

The frst Afro-Asian writers conference was held in 1958 in Tashkent, at that time USSR,

now the capital of contemporary Uzbekistan. Inspired by the Badung conference, the

Afro-Asian writers conference took place over two decades to denounce imperialism

and establish cultural contacts among participating countries. In addition to providing a

forum for sharing literary works, the conference served as a venue for political

discussion. Sixty-three years later Anna Ehrenstein invites Fadescha, DNA and Korang-

Pokua to her home country Albania, to revise the conference in a post-colonial and

post-digital environment. The newly awakened alliance is born from an incredibly

charged social and political moment, one of continuous environmental degradation,

global pandemic, militarized police force, relentless racism, casteism, border brutality,

and drastic social inequality - in all it's exaggerations for the Global South and it's


multi-screen-video installation

& performative live event

Anna Ehrenstein feat. DNA, fadescha, Rebecca Pokua Korang

Choreography:  Amna Khan, Exose Natika, Lie Thien Ngyuen

Sound: David Figuerra

Costume: Julieta Omil & Sinèad O’Dwyer

How can we translate these sociopolitical thoughts into the artistic languages of our

diverging practices? DNA being musicians, Ehrenstein and Fadescha artist-curators and

Pokua-Korang a dancer. As our communities are placed at the mercy of technological

devices and algorithmic estimates, ubiquitously central to our cultural and political

strategies, the collaboration started in January through cross-continental FaceTimes.

After the filming of the  “Albanian conference”  the videos will be premiered at the Ural Biennale in Yekaterinburg in a two-screen installation and shown for the first time fully at KOW Gallery Berlin with a resulting exhibition in November 2021. For the exhibition in Berlin a new site specific live piece will be created, inviting the visitor to a performance consisting of new Music by DNA, spoken word by Fadescha, Rebecca Korangs choreography including local dancers and Ehrensteins dramaturgy.