The stories of their names told by Pajtim (m.), Pajtime (f.) and Pajtesa (f.), whose names mean “reconciliation” in English, is an exercise in post-memory, family memory which is passed onto the next generation, a process which encompasses a spectrum of experiences. In the reconciliation of blood feuds gatherings, oftentimes a call was made to name children Pajtim, Pajtime and Pajtesa. Their names were born out of this historical moment; in this case, the gesture of naming a child became a personal way of commemorating a collective moment. The experience of the past for children named Pajtim, Pajtime and Pajtesa is mediated by the present; they remember by means of the stories, images and behaviors among which they grew up. Even if they were not directly involved in the event of Reconciliation of Blood Feuds Campaign, their life experience bears the imprint of this history just as much.
This zine is produced as part of the Reconciliation of Blood Feuds Campaign 1990—1991. The exhibition will open on April 25, 2018, 7PM at the Gallery of Arts in Peja.
Research and curatorial work: Erëmirë Krasniqi
Visuals: Pajtim Osmani
Graphic design: Nita Salihu Hoxha, Studio Permanent