DITËT E LUFTËS / DAYS OF WAR
Alex Faoro HELENA DEDA
My wife Helena was five years old when the War of Kosovo began in February of 1998. She and her family were forced to flee their homes as Serbian soldiers swept the countryside, massacring ethnic Albanians and destroying their land. Ditët e Luftës is a meditation on these experiences of war and displacement.
Alex Faoro is a teacher, curator and moving image artist. His films and videos utilize 8mm, and involve concepts of home, memory and decay. His work has been exhibited at festivals, galleries, museums and small cinemas including Dobra - Festival Internacional de Cinema Experimental, Kino Palais, Pugnant Film Series, Analogica, Cámara Lúcida and Family Film Project. In addition to screening his own work, Alex directs and programs a small theater space - Al’s Cinematheque - where he shows a variety avant-garde films.
Helena Deda is a writer and photographer from the Republic of Kosovo. The inspiration behind her work comes from her experience during and after The War of Kosovo. Helena's poems have been printed by a number of small publications including Flatbush Review and Film Motes. She also organizes poetry readings at a handful of galleries and bookshops throughout New York.