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Exciting Update: “ETNOFOTO” Project Begins in Kosovo

I am thrilled to share an exciting update on the “ETNOFOTO” project!

After nearly six weeks of intensive research, I have now embarked on the execution of this remarkable project in the Republic of Kosovo.

“ETNOFOTO” is an ambitious endeavour aimed at celebrating and preserving the traditional costumes of various ethnic communities in Kosovo, including Albanians, Serbians, Roma, Ashkali, Egyptians, Turks, and Bosniaks. This project is made possible thanks to the generous grant of €10,500 awarded by the Kosovan Ministry for Culture, Youth, and Sports.

My journey begins with the intent to document, preserve, and showcase the rich tapestry of traditional outfits that represent an integral part of our shared cultural heritage within the beautiful state of Kosovo. Over the next few weeks, I will be in Western Kosovo, where I will have the privilege to meet and collaborate with several artisanal families who hold the key to these cultural treasures.

Originally, the project aimed to cover multiple regions across Kosovo over four months. However, with the adjusted budget, I will be focusing intensively on Prizren, Mitrovica, and Gjilan over a two-month period. My dedication and passion for this project remain unwavering.

The core objective of “ETNOFOTO” is to bridge a gap in the representation of these traditional costumes, particularly in the English language. These exquisite pieces of our cultural mosaic are rarely showcased in a way that resonates with global audiences. My goal is to change that by capturing the intricate details of these costumes and presenting them in a visually compelling manner.

Through “ETNOFOTO,” I aspire to not only capture the beauty of these costumes but also to promote our cultural heritage and the spiritual aspects that unite all communities within the Republic of Kosovo. This project will result in a comprehensive archive of photographs, ensuring the preservation of our cultural and traditional legacy for generations to come.

Mrs Ergyle Gjurgjeala is pictured holding an Albanian traditional Plis hat made from sheep’s wool at her manufactory in Prizren, Kosovo, on Monday, September 4, 2023. (VX Photo/ Vudi Xhymshiti)

I am deeply moved by the opportunity to collaborate with families from various ethnic backgrounds, spanning different age groups and genders. The knowledge and memories shared by the elderly members of our communities are invaluable in understanding the significance of each piece.

Furthermore, I will be working closely with local photographers and photography studios that possess their own archives. This collaboration will enrich the project, adding depth and authenticity to the collection of photographs.

I invite you all to follow my journey as I embark on this incredible endeavour.

“ETNOFOTO” is not just about photographs; it’s about capturing the essence of our cultural identity, sharing it with the world, and ensuring that our traditions continue to inspire and resonate with generations to come.

For more information and updates on the project, please visit my website or feel free to reach out to me directly.

Transparency is paramount to the success of the #EtnofotoProject. The sponsorship is already confirmed, and I am committed to complete financial openness. All reports will be published, offering a comprehensive view of fund allocation and project progress. Your trust and support fuel this endeavour! 🙌 📊

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