“Coffee Table” was produced by a stonemason at one of Tirana’s graveyards, with the same material and technology used to fabricate headstones. The publicness of the gravestones is contrasted with that of the private—the domesticity of the coffee table. But these objects are nonetheless linked: the coffee table is a key site of gathering and mourning; it is where we collectively grieve the dead in historical and contemporary Albanian funeral rituals. Here, the uncanny is such because of familiarity, a sharing of form and formality.
- Genti Korini