director, videomaker, author
Ana Shametaj is a director, researcher and activist born in Durres (Albania). She lives and works in Milan. After her graduation in theater direction at the Paolo Grassi School of Milan, she directed the British plays "Let There Be Love" by Kwame Kwei Armah (Teatro della Cooperativa - Milan, 2012), and "Borderline" by Hanif Kureishi (Piccolo Teatro - Milan, 2013) - both debuts of the british authors into Italian language. On 2012 she co-founded the artistic collective Kokoschka Revival, working as director for many theater shows (Trilogia del Triangolo, 2014, Lars - a portrait of Lars Von Trier, 2016; You Fight!, 2018), performed in international theaters. Meanwhile she keeps studying with the masters of the italian experimental theater field, collaborating as a videomaker and/ or director's assistant with Teatro Valdoca, Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, and Odìn Theatre. In 2014 she worked with some visual artists making video installations and experimental movies: as a dramatist for the video installation "Sue Proprie Mani" by Adrian Paci and Roland Sejko (Maxxi,Rome 2015), and as an editor and writer of "New Void" by Alessandro di Pietro (Pac, Milano 2015); as a cameraman for the documentary "Lorello and Brunello" by Jacopo Quadri (Torino Film Festival, 2017). Activist of the new center for arts, culture and research of MACAO, she co-founded in 2018 the Milan Local Node of Faircoop and Bank of the Commons. Since 2018 she has been collaborating with Studio Azzurro on a capitalization project of their artworks collection, designing and promoting a participative process of co-owning of large scale interactive video installations. As filmmaker, her first experimental short is "Lars - a portrait of Lars Von Trier" (Teatro Franco Parenti, Milano 2016). In 2018 has directed "Apocalypse Wow!" written and performed by Franco Berardi Bifo (Macro, Roma - Recoleta, Buenos Aires). “Wild Words” is her first full-length documentary (Trieste Film Festival, 2019, Locarno Film Festival - L'immagine e la parola, 2019).