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Drita Kabashi: Collective action is where our true power lies

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Drita Kabashi

Drita Kabashi is an actor, singer, and writer. She was born and raised in Chicago, studying classical voice from an early age, having sung at the Lyric Opera. Drita later went on to study Drama at New York University. She worked in downtown theatre during post-grad with companies such as Shakespeare Downtown, New York Theatre Workshop, and The Tank Theatre. Drita earned a New York Times Critic’s Pick in 2018 for her role as Rasputin in musical “Red Emma & The Mad Monk” and just completed a European tour of musical “When We Went Electronic” in late fall. She eagerly awaits the debut of film “A Cup of Coffee and New Shoes On”– a movie in Albanian sign language, which she shot this past summer. Drita is also currently receiving her masters from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Art History.

What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?
The equal exchange of energies.

What turns you off?
A space in which I do not feel free to follow my impulses.

What is your favorite virtue?
Generosity of spirit. 

What Is Your Purpose in Life?
To share the song in my heart.

Are you ready to fight for a cause? Which one?
I will always fight to make the world a safer place for women—all women—trans women, women of color, indigenous women, immigrant women. 

You want to keep reinventing yourself?
Yes, always, but maybe “reinventing” is the wrong word—I prefer rediscovering.

What is an emotion?
The vocabulary that gives life meaning. 

Is society greater than the individual? 
If by “society” here we mean a set of ideals towards which we can collectively strive then yes, the vision for ourselves should hold a place of utmost importance. However, one is not great than the other as the two share a dialogue integral to making those sets of ideals possible.

How can you prove that anything exists outside your own mind? 
You cannot. Our perception of reality is singular. What is “truth” for me is not “truth” for another.

Have we become less happy in this age of technology? 
Technology is an interesting topic to consider in the midst of a global pandemic. Its pervasiveness has made it possible to reshape our world in isolation. Vaccines were developed in record time. It seems that through technological intervention, we can play God. However, I don’t think we yet have an understanding on how best to wield a power this great.

Are humans obligated to better themselves and will that make them happier? 
The noblest pursuit is the pursuit of betterment. 

Does life require a purpose and a goal? 
The Darwinian answer- survival. The philosophical answer- survival.

What is happiness? 
The poetry of life. The synchronicities, the full circle moments. The first snowfall on dry leaves and their soft twinkle of sounds. Going through a car wash with your family.

Does evil come from within, and if so why?
I believe it can, but rarely. The true seed of evil lies in exploitative power structures- our modern example, late capitalism—that reenforce an alienation from our humanity.

Why is beauty associated with morality?
Because of our limited definition of the word “beauty”. By limiting beauty to the light, we overlook the beauty that can be sometimes found in the darkness. 

Do we love ourselves more in the virtual world and less in the real world? 
I should hope not! The dimensional, nuanced person is so much more rewarding to love than a carefully curated avatar!

Is humanity doomed to head in a destructive direction?
I mean… global climate change is an extremely urgent matter. 

Your message for the utopian world?
Collective action is where our true power lies. 

Enri Mato is an urban architect and photographer born in 1986 into a family of artists. His father was a sculptor and his mother was a restorer, who worked at the Louvre Museum in Paris. He grew up in Tirana, where he discovered his interest in photography and art at an early age.