In the Albanian language syth is a bud of a plant that is used for grafting. This word, just as in Latin, is derived from the word ‘sy’(eye), and this is where the term inoculation originates from (oculus). Obviously the mark that inoculation leaves on human body resembles an eye that is ‘carved’ on the skin; but I am not interested only in this analogy. What I find interesting is the dichotomy that this skin ‘carving’ represents and not just the display of it as such a small and insignificant aspect. The ‘carving’ is made by a precise and standard manner in order to induce a small microbe regular quantity inside the body of every inoculated individual, but the shape it takes as a reaction is different and unique on everyone’s skin. Therefore, the image I photograph is not just the surface or the uniqueness of inoculation marks but rather the invisible process that this mark signifies. It grasps both the cause and the effect although visually it is presented only as an effect. The inquiry of several individuals’ inoculation marks and their imagery finally presents a collective mark. This collective mark is coordinated in time and space. Although I have photographed the inoculation mark of Albanian people, it is common for all eastern Europeans generations of 1970-1980. So I hope taking these pictures is somehow a bit more than medical or historical data and statistics.
(Albanian, b.1974) studied Graphics at the Academy of Arts in Tirana, Albania. Worked as a resarcher at the National Gallery of Arts in Tirana, Albania. His works have been exhibitied at Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), International Studio & Curatorial Program (New York), Mart - Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Trento and Rovereto), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), 52nd Venice Biennale (Albanian Pavillion), Chelsea Art Museum (New York), Museum of Modern Art (Ljubljana) National Gallery of Kosovo, National Gallery of Arts (Tirana), Sammlung Essl (Klosterneuburg, Viena), Manifesta 4 (Frankfurt / Main) IFA Gallery (Berlin / Bonn) and Tirana Biennale 1. He lives in Tirana (Albania).