TIRANA PRISHTINA SHOW
Posted by paolo fichera su dicembre 3, 2007
26 11 07_ 20 12 07 Tirana_Prishtina
“MUSEO AERO SOLAR” | TOMAS SARACENO
TIRANA ART CENTER | NATIONAL ARTS GALLERY OF TIRANA (ALBANIA)
Director Fani Zguro | Curator Alberto Pesavento
20 12 07_30 02 08
Tirana Art Center is a non-profitable public space to promote contemporary art which does not have the aim to collect it in a museum.. Starting from month of october 2007 this space will consist in the realization of many exhibitions that will select some of the best artists in the international arena. The fact that the capital of Albania does not a mere market for contemporary art, is somehow paradoxical for TAC to present emergent artist, because this won’t help to launch anyone. Springing from this fact this space has the aim to bring to the capital of Albania some of the best artists, part of its history, by offering to the Albanian audience that fragment which this audience for different reasons has not the possibility to assist them in reality, by not visiting activities such as the Venice Biennale, Munster, Manifesta, Art Basel, Documenta Kassel etc. In this way TAC transforms itself into a “satellite” that aims to convey to the Tirana’s spectator an essential selection of this art. Fani Zguro(director of TAC) for the first exposition that will launch the platform of the center, has selected the project “Museo Aero Solar” by the Argentinean artist Tomas Saraceno, a project curated by Alberto Pesavento. By recognizing the importance of “Museo Aero Solar” another particularity of this project is its realization in collaboration with the organizers of Onufri Prize, by presenting in this edition, as a collateralized event outside of contest, divided by two exposition time frames: December – February 2007.
“STREET BY STREET”
ONUFRI PRIZE 14 | NATIONAL ARTS GALLERY OF TIRANA (ALBANIA)
Curators Rubens Shima | Ervin Hatibi
20 12 07_30 01 08
The theme of this edition’s Onufri Prize will not be dedicated to the prohibited love but to the betrayal. Without blaming only one part, we are obliged to stop at another version of betrayal which the story might include: the patient tried many times as far as she could to allure the psychologist in most of the sessions. It is well known that the independence which the art work wins when it first appears, certainly and often opens up beyond the author’s desire and betrays all that the author expected. All have the right here to look the other faces of this multimedial coin. The betrayal for one moment looks as if it partakes to the female which in his parabola plays the role of nature: thus she betrayed the model of beauty that all artists have in their mind. And then innocently he dwells in a better world, without aging and injustice. To better understand the betrayal in art, we are going to open an architectural appendix in the parable. The most famous love of the prohibited loves, that of man towards a statue, leads us for a moment to gaze at the most famous statue dedicated to the prohibited love. A love impeded by death. Meanwhile or while, the fifth column that holds the building, that which financed it, is the fact that the building is (and) the mauzoleu of the following invitation directed to the artist for participating(wants or not) in the betrayal. For the concept of the 14 edition of Onufri Prize, a yearly exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Arts, Fani Zguro is presented by the video “Street by Street”, which consists in a report of the capital city of Albania. That which catches the attention from the video is the light and the fluorescent colors that illuminate the streets, buildings, commercial stores, adds, cars, and the human source in itself. In this city every process functions through everyone’s instincts, where miraculously and instantaneously interferes the calling of muezzin with the ding-dong of the church and there where the street dogs scrub the illness of the never ending horror; to the tourist it will be offered at every moment a spicy menu full of ‘exotism’.
MULLIQI PRIZE 4 | ART GALLERY OF PRISHTINA (KOSOVO)
Curator Suzana Kuka Varvarica
14 12 07_14 01 08
Social Psychology does not accept that an artist, scientist or philosopher to be a conformist. Despite this in one or many ways an artist, a scientist or a philosopher has an inclination to related himself with the others. The conformist art or the formal one as the anti-conformist one or the dissident art or the underground, has been present throughout the entire history, but this manifestation was exposed clearly during the years between “50-80” in the Soviet Union, the country where the conformist art ruled the communist society. No country is an exception when it comes to this circumstance, moreover conformism is present. In the democratic countries it fits itself in a particular place as the American critic Michael Kimmen 2007 puts it “..in the XXI century, the formal art in democracy is in search of consensual ideas, a common aesthetic denominator…” Meanwhile we can say that during the history of art every new artistic movement is an appearance of anti-conformism as Thomas Eakins puts it in 1886 “…an anti-productive and conflictive equality of the academic reputation..” The anti-conformist artist is a stubborn one, eccentric, arrogant and his works are a trend against the standard values. This argument will be the fundamental concept of the fourth edition of Mulliqi Prize, which happens every year in the Gallery of Arts in Prishtina. The curator of this edition, Suzana Kuka Varvarica conceptualized the the “Conformist Space” as a dynamic of a reciprocal imitation throughout human communities. In the Mulliqi Prize Fani Zguro is presented with the video “U Turn”, which consists in the short video version with the same title as the american director Oliver Stone. The video shows the same cursed interview between the author and the sole character of the “U Turn”. The aim of this video alludes around the Burroughs’ phrase where America has been always a cursed country even before the arrival of Christofor Colombus. A version which reflects on the mysery of historicism, and prepairs us for that accursed afternoon that is waiting for us for centuries.
“NOX” | “SELFPORTRAIT”
ARDHJE PRIZE | TIRANA INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART (ALBANIA)
Director Edi Muka | Joa Llujnberg
03 12 07_15 13 08
Taking into consideration the small possibility of contemporary art in Albania, except for the few annual competitions organized by the National Gallery of Arts, Tirana Institute for Contemporary Art offers the prize “Ardhje” as a prize that will be focused particularly on the contemporary art in Albania. This prize was conceptualized in collaboration with the Foundation for Civil Society in New York and with the support of the Academy of Beautiful Arts and the American Embassy in Tirana. The representatives of this prize will be concentrated on the whole artistic space that exists in the region, by visiting artist’s studios as well. At the end of this search, the TICA’s staff will select a number not less than five but no more than seven artists, with whom the exposition of the “Ardhje” prize will be organized, at the gallery of the Academy of Beautiful Arts. The winning artist will win the right of a six week artists’ residency in New York. The residency is financed by the Foundation for Civil Society for residency programs at the International Studio and Curatorial Program. ISCP is a center of residencies in NY for artists and curators from around the world. During the residency the artists are going to be visited by critics invited in the center who are well known in the art scene. In this competition Fani Zguro is presented with two videos realized between 2004 and 2007. “Nox” which in Latin means “Night”, is a landscape deeply nocturn, in which it always happens that someone stays awake all night long. Meanwhile in the other video “Selfportrait” the artist seems to be dislocated in the Rembrant’s last period, when the models were missing and the only screenplay is the author in himself. In an ambient where the video is shot which is completely nocturn, thanks to a reddish beam of the camera, it captures vaguely the features of the character who stands motionless in the dark.
EXPERIMENTAL COMPETITION | TIRANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 5 (ALBANIA)
Director Ilir Butka
26 11 07_02 12 07
Tirana International Film Festial was created in 2003, and is based on a simple trinity, the directors, the public and the financial supporters of the festival. During this five years, TIFF has managed he largest network ever created in Albania, gathering directors from seventy worldwide countries and has facilitated the circulation of more than four thousand movies, exchanging experience, particular techniques, viewpoints, themes and the diversity of cultural values. TIFF , based on its staff’s(and partner’s) passion and knowledge has tried during this five years to promote the Albanian cinema around the world, through many activities(film retrospectices and not only), answearing many necessities of the film industry and to the international audience. In the fith edition of TIFF, Fani Zguro is presented in the category of experimental films with the video “U Turn”, which consists in the short video version with the same title as the American director Oliver Stone. The video shows the same cursed interview between the author and the sole character of the “U Turn”. The aim of this video alludes around the Burroughs’ phrase where America has been always a cursed country even before the arrival of Christofor Colombus. A version which reflects on the mysery of historicism, and prepairs us for that accursed afternoon that is waiting for us for centuries.
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