Vangjush Vellahu

Fragments (I), 2015 - ongoing


6 Channel Video Installation (for specifications to each video see below)


This series of videos document the present situation of a few unrecognised states and serve as historical testimonials that are part of the development of forgotten traces. The collective drama is not only a trace left on people’s experience but also a trace left on the architecture. Architectural constructions such as buildings are one of the main topics of this work, since they embed memories and at the same time their image is an embodiment of the war. This buildings show memories of a political system, memories of people who lived inside and simultaneously contain within their physical structure the passing of time and vandalism. Being an iconic image of the war for the people that live on those places, the buildings represent simultaneously the development of the place in the socio-political context.


There are numerous examples of states which declared themselves as de facto but even so in most of the cases, if they don’t achieve the independence they would be forced to turn back under the sovereignty of the ‘parent’ state. This happens when a de facto republic fail to get international recognition or an external patron. Nowadays, this phenomenon remains a problem considering that most of the governments are against this process. A multitude of countries are composed by multi-ethnic groups that could take the example of the actual de facto states and declare themselves independent. Therefore, it remains a very sensitive subject and a topic that is often seen as being pointless.

Abkhazia after, Vangjush Vellahu Varosha a silent town, Vangjush Vellahu

Abkhazia After

Varosha, a silent town

Agdam, Vangjush Vellahu



At the edge of Tskhinvali

Field of Blackbirds