Chiara Tocci is an Italian photographer currently living in the UK. Life after Zog and other stories is an ongoing project bringing to light an evolving web of stories, both personal and political, set against the wider cultural and geographical landscape of Albania. As a child, Tocci witnessed streams of disillusioned Albanians docking on the coasts of her hometown in Italy, instilling in her a fascination for this enigmatic land and its people.
Running away from a future they couldn’t hope for, towards something equally obscure and complex, they left Tocci with questions about who and what was left behind, prompting her some years later to make a photographic journey to the remote areas of High Albania. The resulting sensitive photographs depict this country as an enchanted place, a place with no time, inhabited by people who share the land with their ancestors’ ghosts.