Friday May 5th 2017 at 15:00-20:00
Saturday May 6th 2017 at 15:00-20:00
Sunday May 7th 2017 at 15:00-20:00
Theodoros Zafeiropoulos’s work HomeLand is an installation in progress, realised in the framework of Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki's programme "Artecitya. Envisioning the City of Tomorrow (2014-2018)”, supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. HomeLand is an installation in progress of a collection of soil samples, created through specially designed workshops for children and adults. Inspired by the subject of Mediterranea 18, the artist will put together an archival collection of soil from the broader areas of Northern Greece and Albania. To this end, he invites all participating artists to bring and donate soil from the place they consider their home. After the end of the Biennale, the entire archive will be transported to Thessaloniki and will be integrated into the installation located at Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki. The participants will receive information on the exact location of their donations, which is also documented (anonymously) on the project website (http://www.artecitya-homeland.gr/).
During the biennale, the artist will give introductory workshops on the ancient rammed-earth technique, as well as lectures exploring the core ideas of this project.
Place: The Pyramid
Address: Boulevard “Dëshmorët e Kombit”.
Theodoros Zafeiropoulos, HomeLand, 2014-ongoing
A Natural Oasis? A Transnational Research Program
curated by Alessandro Castiglioni and Simone Frangi
Project Presentation: Sunday May 7th 2017 at 15:00-20:00
A Natural Oasis? is a two years nomadic free school dedicated to the development of new curatorial research paths in the field of contemporary visual and performing arts starting from the geopolitical peculiarities of the artistic scenes of San Marino, Montenegro, Kosovo and Malta.
The purpose of this project is to build a transnational cultural platform able to critically question the ideas of territorial remoteness/marginality/smallness through the lenses of artistic research, triggering a reflection on the fictional procedures that empowered the idea of Europe in its geopolitical and cultural immunity via the exclusion or the vampirization of its “provinces”.
The project aims to develop radical curatorial and artistic discourses assuming geo-cultural areas as polemical fields in which a precise ecology of fluxes describe their cultural, economical and political morphology. More over, this project focuses on the controversial shortage of cultural professionals in “peripheral” cultural and artistic systems in relationship with ongoing processes of educational centralization and with the concentration of artistic legitimation processes in big European “centres”.
A Natural oasis? is a transnational research training based on the tools that social sciences provide to contemporary cultural practices and develops specific context-aware professional figures in the frame of a global contemporary artistic scene. The aim of the project is the development of what we can call situated practices in the context of a specific locality but with a transnational perspective.
A Natural Oasis? bases its working methodology on the tactics of conversational and dialogical research and on the main strategies of oral history. In this view, work sessions, visiting professors’ lectures and seminars will be characterized by a discursive approach based on study and in-depth analysis but also on storytelling and educational settings. The project privileges an idea of knowledge production through direct rough experience and travelling experiences in the territories accompanied and tutored by local partners.
The final result of A Natural Oasis? will be a editorial object, which will include critical essays and visual researches developed by curators, visiting professors and participants during the program. The book will be presented during a performed seminar at MEDITERRANEA18 Young Artists Biennale 2017.
Natural Oasis? is dedicated to contemporary art critic and teacher Roberto Daolio who devoted himself to study the methods through which the projects of young artists and their languages could be developed.
Place : Reja - The Cloud Installation
Address: Boulevard “Dëshmorët e Kombit”, in front of the National Gallery of Arts.
La Ville Ouverte residency program
Mediterranean landscapes is a traveling artist residency project that includes five artists, four curators (groups and individuals) and three different territorial areas. The residency itinerary has touched a Mediterranean minor geography, focusing on lateral areas rather than big cities. The territories of Tuscia and Tigullio and the city of Ljubljana were the three reference landscapes for artists coming from Italy, Belgium, Slovenia, and Lebanon.
Why deal with Mediterranean landscape issue from this perspective? The project is based on the belief that the landscape significantly changes with migration, constantly redefining itself with language mutations and ways of living. A multiplicity of reflections and questions emerge from the founding question that has marked all the research: How do landscapes shape human imagination?
Curated by: Giuditta Nelli, Marco Trulli and Pelagica
Ryts Monet – Italy
Giulio Rossi – Italy
Neža Knez – Slovenia
Chloé Despax – Belgium
Ieva Saudargaite Douaihi – Lebanon
Promoted by: Arci, Arci Lazio and Arci Liguria
In cooperation with: A-POIS Art Projects to Overcome Impossibile Sites, Cantieri d’Arte
Place : Former Embassy of EX Yugoslavia
Adress: Rruga e Durresit , Tirane
Anna Raimondo, Come un mare fuor d'acqua
Curated by Marco Trulli
Opening: Thursday May 4th
Duration : 5th May-28th May 2017
Come un mare fuor d'acqua (As a sea out of water) is an ongoing project based on the paradox to activate the sea where there is not and on a radical reconceptualization that aims to think about our bond and reliance on water as a symbolic element, politic field, as a geographic space but also as a place of relations. Anna Raimondo’s peculiar research is focused on sonic and relational incursions in public space, in a continuous attempt to reenact places and times for collective listening within the urban landscape, thus creating devices of displacement and relocation of meaning.
So far the project has been realized in different steps and geographies: "Come un mare fuor d’acqua #1" in the frame of the residence “Here is elsewhere” at the Fabbrica del Vapore in collaboration with Mare Culturale Urbano in 2015 with the support of BJCEM; "Come un mare fuor d’acqua #2 - L’eau en Senne” during the residence program at the MAAC in 2016 supported by BJCEM and Europe Creative; "Come un mare fuor d’acqua #3 - Forza e coraggio il mare è di passaggio" in Viterbo in the frame of the residence “Cantieri d’Arte” in collaboration with ARCI, Tuscia's University and Viterbo’s Prison in 2017 supported by the Lazio's Region.
The result is a series of 3 video documenting the projects (thanks to the collaboration of the video makers Fatima Bianchi and Naya Kuu) and the realization of a series of 3 vinyls collecting the sonic material of each project.
Place: Former Yugoslavian Embassy
Address: Rruga Durres, Tirana
MOTEL TROGIR , The East is west of the West, 2016
Curated by Nataša Bodrožić and Ivana Meštrov.
The subtitle chosen by the curators to be added to the project was: “The East is the West of the west”.
An International open call has been launched and it has been received around 50 applications from 25 countries. Among them, the Croatian curators have selected five artists coming from Croatia, Ukraine, Austria, Serbia and Greece. The artists engaged had the opportunity to visit and study two Dalmatian historical towns Trogir and Split, working on the preservation of the mid 20th century modernism in post socialist realm. The main topic of the activity was to examine how the story appears, relating it to the concrete context and the modernist built environment in mid Dalmatia. The artists were invited to discuss this questions: “How we make stories of places we (do not) know?”; “What influences our observation and perception of places, geographies with which we don’t have direct contact or previous knowledge based on experiencing?”. The research was implemented also thanks to online tools, so that curators and artists were able to be in touch all the time. The first results of the work done have been presented in the frame of Activity 29 in Milan, while the final output of the research will be presented during Mediterranea 18 Young Artists Biennale, Tirana-Durres, May 4th-9th 2017.
Participating artists: Nikolas Ventourakis, Pavel Khailo, Marko Salapura, Katharina Swoboda, Katerina Duda
Place: Former Embassy of Yugoslavia
Address: “ Durres ” street , Tirana
Mediterranea Youth Photo
curated by Daniele de Luigi
“Fotografia Europea” is an international festival, launched in 2006 by the Municipality of Reggio Emilia, that has developed a specific project dedicated to under 35 Italian photographers, “Giovane Fotografia Italiana” in partnership with GAI, the italian network for young artists. Considering the necessity to tackle the issues of the Mediterranean area, Fotografia Europea and BJCEM have conceived “Mediterranea Youth Photo”, an international photography production project that will involve the two international festivals Circulation(s) in Paris (FRA) and Encontros Da Imagem in Braga (PR).
Three selected artists (one from France, one from Italy and one from Portugal) will have the opportunity to be accompanied by the three curators of the Festivals involved, through itinerant residencies in three countries (Italy, France, Portugal) in the summer/autumn of 2016. The project will give them the opportunity to work together on the same theme, the Mediterranean Sea, a mythical and controversial zone, sometimes a cultural basin that connects and sometimes an impossible limit to overcome.
These residencies will touch significant zones of the cities, where it will be possible to get in touch with the social context and figure out some relevant connections with the theme. Each residency will last one week. It will be possible to explore how the artists can express different and multicultural points of view with the same tool, photography, almost certainly the nowadays stronger media, that is evolving its forms and techniques. The limits of photography are expanding towards new interdisciplinary landscapes and new emerging genres.
The artists’ selection is curated by:
Daniele de Luigi, Curator of “Giovane Fotografia Italiana” (IT)
Ângela Ferreira, Artistic Director of Encontros da Imagem (PT)
Carine Dolek, Co-founder and member of the Artistic Board of Circulation(s) (FR)
The three selected artists are:
Emeric Lhuisset (FRA)
Ana Catarina Pinho (PR)
Federica Landi (ITA)
Place: Tirana´s Youth Center
Address: “Kavaja Street”, between Raiffaisen bank and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tirana
Action, Reaction, Interaction
Art Director and Workshop Curator: Waleed Elsaid
Partecipating artist: Mahmood Hachim/BitaRazavi
Partners and supporters: The BJCEM, Mairie de Paris "Paris city hall", The Albanian culture ministry, M.D.A 10éme "The house of associations of Paris 10th district"
Urban Project/Workshop :
Friday May 5th 2017 at 12:00
Saturday May 6th 2017 at 12:00
Sunday May 7th 2017 at 12:00
The Irakian and Iranian civilization have provided their knowledge through different mediums, in all forms of art. While language may be of limitation on some tongues; art stands expressing strongly about the history and everything that matters to us, the future with our hopes and emotions.
The present creates our civilization and it is in its exchange that we work to reach the height of the humanitarian experience.
In this project, we have Mahmood Hachim, Bita Razavi, two artists who present IRAQ and IRAN, showing the relation between the two as a traditional conflict and exploring how we can through art reach a deeper meaning for all that is around us. These two artists from two different countries yet who share a common ground. Two different languages yet who share the same alphabet. Both the participating artists have chosen artistic mediums to reflect the roots of those cultures, regardless of all the conflicts and struggles that surround them, in their respective countries.
Place: Library of Tirana Youth Center.
Address: “Kavaja Street”, between Raiffaisen bank and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tirana.
Moroccan Mix by Saout Radio
Curated by Younes Baba-Ali and Anna Raimondo
Artists: Mehdi Ahoudig, Mustapha Akrim, Younes Atbane, Zouheir Atbane, Meryem Benm’Barek, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Mohamed El Baz, Mounir Fatmi, Simohammed Fettaka, Chourouk Hriech, Amal Laala, Mohamed Laouli.
Moroccan Mix is a panorama of contemporary Moroccan contemporary art, curated by Saout Radio. A place where a person can close his eyes and discover a menu of sound landscapes, experimental and electro-acoustic music, sound capsules and mini-portraits, made by artists of different generations and disciplines. It is an invitation to experience new spaces through the act of listening.
Place: National Historical Museum
Address: Boulevardi Zogu I, Tirana
Workshop, Describe the space can it take place?
Curator in dialogue Julie Dalouche
Catherine Bay (Choreographer), Eléonore Josso (painter), Stéphanie Chabaud (urban planner) question the public space. In this workshop more precisely they question the city, the body in the city, the identity.
On the Skanderberg square, in front of the pediment of the Historical Museum, they will take a re-reading of the Shqipëria ("The Albanians") fresco, one of the most famous works of the communist period by 5 artists (Aleksandër Filipi, Acting Nebiu, Josif Droboniku, Anastas Kostandini and Vilson Kilica), command of the Hoxha Enver regime.
Inaugurated on October 28, 1981, it represents "The impetus of the Albanian people towards their independence and their identity".
Artists will thus revisit the public space through this mosaic with a strong message.
Questioning the strata of reading and history, they will try to add a contemporary reading of the city.
The 3 disciplines of town planning, painting and choreography will thus dialogue, question and fight to bring a transversal look to the city. On the body architecture, the body painting, the body citizen, the body thus becoming a body narrative.
Stéphanie Chabaud is born in 1985 in France
Lives and works in Paris, France
Eléonore Josso is born in 1983 in France
Lives and works in Paris, France
Catherine Bay lives and works in Paris, France
Curator: Julie Dalouche
Production: The Window
Special thanks: Jeanne Cabanis, Krista Mikkola
The space of our lives is neither continuous, nor endless, nor homogeneous, nor isotropic. But do we know exactly where it breaks, where it bends , where it gets disconnected and where it gets assembled again?
(Georges Perec in Series of Spaces, page….)
The series Milk Run is an invitation into somewhere else, into a disorientation, a route, that shows some samples of shapes that are at the same time architectural, artificial and natural. This series is to be understood as if it were time intervals, or a network of experience of disorientation.
We are at the same time into travelling, and into the place itself of painting.
This is not about an endless space, from where landscape rises, but it is rather about a space inhabited by painting.
It is as if nature were hit by alignment, coherence and it lets itself be inhabited by a urban space, with which it competes or converses and quarrels.
The place “painting” must be made of perceptible tensions between landscape, inner place and inhabited urban landscape. Borders get blurred and our look bumps into a relief, into the regularity of a line, into a street light or a vanishing point
Eléonore Josso practices painting as a geometer of the matter, of the space of painting and canvas, in that she identifies, she delimits, she measures, she assesses both the surface and what is perceivable. She brings back to life our reminiscences, our incomplete memories of landscapes, of which we have a color, a smell, a sensation left.
She surveys striding.
She accumulates perceivable fragments of landscapes and habitats, in order to make new experience, a new prism out of them. Because strictly speaking this is not speaking about landscapes and real architectures, but it is about interpreting, about experience; the artist experiences the landscape as long as she makes it.
Built as if it were some fragmented stop-motions, some samples of sensations, Milk Run is a bit like a kaleidoscope of apprehensions and evocations.
In this, it is even more about disorientation.
Every painting of the series Milk Run shows its own elaboration; painting is first and foremost sculpted in values and in colors. Its range is limited and we advance in the space resonance by resonance; this is how Eléonore brings us into this process of disorientation.
Our look gets lost into the white of the canvas and confronts the white paint, as a built form that is going to make a road, a mountain side, a light.
The games of perspective answer, overthrow and permeate the games of matter. Homogeneous black is nearly impenetrable, whereas blues and grays oscillate between thick and diluted. Thus, we browse matter and lines, as if they were the mechanics of a theatre set.
This overlapping and this juxtaposition of points of view is similar to what Foucault defines as heterotropia, in that it juxtaposes in one only place several spaces, incompatible between themselves in real space, and in that heterotropias are either spaces of illusions or spaces of perfections.
When he had to describe the field of Canaan (Volupté p. 30 in La poétique de l’espace, Bachelard), SAINTE-BEUVE added: “It is not so much for you, my friend, who haven’t seen these places, or who, if you had visited them, couldn’t feel my impressions and my colors now, that I am browsing them with these details, for which I need to apologize. Don’t try to imagine them according to this ; let the image float in you; pass lightly; the smallest idea in you will be enough”
Eléonore Josso is born in 1983 in France
Lives and works in Paris, France
Action, Reaction, Interaction
Proposal of the workshop and written text by Art director & workshop Curator : Waleed Elsaid
The Director of The Association Culturelle Illimité: Ahmed Fattah
The Association Culturelle Illimité presents the urban project of the workshop that will be held for the 18th Mediterranean Biennale in Tirana/Durres 2017. That support two visual artists carries out those own ideas in direct relation with the association project, Mahmood Hachim (visual artist), hometown Iraq, living in France, and Bita Razavi (visual artist), hometown Iran, lives in New York, for The Association Culturelle Illimité.
The workshop contains:
● A cooperation between the artists whose working on the workshop and some of the young Albanian Artists or art students Of the Academy of Fine Arts Tirana.
● Artistic activities between the artistes and the workshop participants.
● historical and cultural discussions in order to exchange experiences and culture.
● Open talk with the members of the Parisian community in the final day of the workshop.
Art has always been over the centuries a source of development and prosperity, even extends positive effects for generation after generation; creating civilization that people of the earth have seen in the long historical term.
These civilizations had provided its knowledge through different mediums in all art kinds that succeed to present it in kind of perfection on its own way, while the language can find a bit of limitation on some tongues; art stands expressing strongly about the history and everything matter for us, the future with our hopes and emotions.
The present that creates our civilization to exchange it in order to reach the highness and the humanitarian sophistication.
In this project we have two artists who present IRAQ and IRAN as a commun traditional conflict and how we can through art reach deeper meaning for all what’s around us.
The workshop about two different artists from two different countries sharing the same board with two different languages sharing the same alphabet that choose artistic mediums to reflect the roots of those culture overbearing all the conflicts and struggles surround them.
Ilaria Genovesio, Fabio Cavallari, Untitled, 2017
Untitled is a reflection on the research making, a cognitive process that starts from a cognizance - the border between Albania and Greece - and aims to perceive its reality, from today until the last day spent in Tirana.
The border exists in the form of a logic line traced as an afterthought, but it is a physical space as well, crossed by subtle movements we are not aware of. The supposed, metaphorical or concluded manner of approach or achievement of it will be both mental and physical and will include one single result as well as a series of attempts.
Place: Clock Tower
Sheshi Skanderbeg, near to Et'hem Bey Mosque., Tirana