The Albanian experience in Greece is largely an untold story. The experiences, voices, and cultural production of this immigrant community remain institutionally marginalized despite its significant role in reshaping Greek social realities. ASKI (the Contemporary Social History Archives) aim to address this silence by creating the conceptual and physical space for a dynamic archive focused on the Albanian experience. This project involves second-generation students to take a bottom-up approach to developing the archive and systematically tracing the transformative impact of Albanian immigration and presence in Greece. Above all, the project calls for a reconsideration of what a society considers worth preserving and how we discuss contemporary Greece as a meeting point of diverse and hybrid identities.
Photo: “Albanian immigrants just after crossing the border,” courtesy of Spyros Staveris