Preview is on Friday, 12th April 6-9pm, The Agency Gallery, 66 Evelyn Street, London, London SE8 5DD.
The London based Albanian artist Gazmend Ejupi, presents new video and photographic works about Romanian migrant workers ‘Romanian Story’ at Gallery 1.
Ejupi worked for a year researching and filming his new film following Romanian workers building a stripclub in the UK. The documentary style film frankly exposes the way some Romanian families cope with the task of making a living wage in Britain, intended to support a better life in Romania.
With his trademark subtle humour which satirises even the bleakest of situations Ejupi manages to represent the perplexing choices faced by Romanian builders and their spouses in the quest to better themselves at home. The lives of the craftsmen and their loyal wives are starkly contrasted with the aspirational stripclub environment and a haunting of the last communist leader Ceausescu (1918-1989) from the relatively recent Romanian past.
Ejupi works with direct interview techniques, handheld camera and raw cut footage to achieve a simple yet compelling narrative with his astute social observations.
About the artist
Gazmend Ejupi was born and studied in Prishtina, Kosovo. He moved to London in the late Nineties. From 2005 Ejupi has shown internationally in Prishtina, Chelouche gallery, Tel Aviv, Clockwork gallery, Berlin, Hamburg and Paris. He featured as part of the Tirana Biennale in 2009. He studied Fine Arts at the Central Saint Martin College of Art and Design, graduating in 2005. Currently Gazmend is doing his MA in Arts and Space at Kingston College in London.