noMade Collective, Radio noMade in Arbëria, 2017
noMade Collective: Lea Walter, Fabio Pennacchia, Edoardo Gino, Gerdi Petanaj, Max Wayne, Federico Peliti, Alice Ruzzettu, Marco Saveriano.
Focused on the question of migration, noMade Collective has chosen to explore the history and the culture of Arbëreshë communities that came during the XV century in Italy, to run away from the Ottoman Empire and who still conserve their language and their specificities. They will focus on the Arbëreshë term: gjitonia (neighborhood) which illustrates perfectly the multiple forms of solidarity within this community and plan to set up the House of Arbëria, in order to bring the voices, messages, music and sounds of Arbëreshë people, from Calabria to their land of origin. In addition, noMade Collective will bring to Tirana some of the inhabitants of the Arbëreshë community to meet and exchange with the visitors of the Biennale as well as the Albanian citizens.
Place: Libra`Aria (Lake)
Located right in the entrance of the Artificial Lake’s park
Curate it Yourself, Domesticated Generation, 2017
Curators: Pietro Della Giustina and Jacques Heinrich Toussaint
Participating artists: Agreements to Zinedine - ATZ, Lluc Baños, Isabella Benshimol and Mati Jhurry, Tasha Bjelic, Juan Caloca, Olivier Cheval, Bady Dalloul, Dor Zlekha Levy, Nøne Futbol Club, Jasmin Vardi, Zazzaro Otto, Zeytin Foundation.
Domesticated Generation is a creative territory within Mediterranea 18 Young Artists Biennale that works as a parasite lacking autonomous life, strictly depending on the activities of the host. The project presents itself as a hybrid self-financed scenario that is reactivated by the interventions of its participants in an open-ended dialogue with the public of the Biennale. The different ways of working and producing art within this proposal are inspired by a DIY philosophy and by the capacity of the participants to find alternative methods to finance and consequently produce and exhibit their works. The tension between dependency and autonomy is at the core of Domesticated Generation’s proposal. It aims to present, within the larger context of the Biennale, an intermittent autonomous program constituted by its own visual identity, food, leisure activities, talks, screening sessions and artworks produced by the participating artists.
Place: Bunk’Art 2
Rruga Abdi Toptani, 1001, Tirana
Fabrizio Bellomo, Vegla bën ustain (The Tool Makes the Master), 2015
In collaboration with: TAL Tirana Art Lab (Residency program), The Maps – Mobile Archive on Public Space, BJCEM 2017 – Tirana, Galleria Rossana Ciocca – Milano
Produced by: GAI Movin'Up, Fujifilm Italia
Every day at Tirana's roundabout known as dogana, several workers armed with their tools wait for someone to hire them for casual jobs. In 2015, during his artist residency in Albania (for Tirana Art Lab), Fabrizio Bellomo invited one of those workers to engrave with his jackhammer the expression Vegla bën ustain (The tool makes the master) on a dogana's wall. This public artwork will be displayed on an advertising screen near the roundabout crowded with street workers and will create a dialogue between the reality, the represented reality, the use of public space and the space shown in the video. This is a video work in which the representation is contextualized in the represented social context.
Place: Advertising billboard
Sheshi Karl Topia, Tirana
Eljan Tanini, Where are the creatures of Tanini’s childhood wall?! In Tirana.
Eljan Tanini was born in the Street of Sun, where people fled away with pain and foreigners with expensive delegation cars thought that everything their car touched belonged to them!
While passing near the Ministry of Education as a child, he always imagined that gray wall filled with dragons, fish, birds that move and laugh at us. But they never cry and never get bored! Today Tanini is filled with sorrow! He often wanders nearby that wall but he cannot see them anymore, he does not understand them! They are not there! Maybe they've gone away; he doesn’t know where they are! Maybe he grew up and forgot. Perhaps the city is interested in having cleaner walls!
Tanini doesn’t see the creatures of his childhood mythology in any place! They might have gone from there because of that lifeless painting!
The purpose is simple: To bring back once again the glowing mythology of his childhood and personal creatures in that wall, just like he saw them.
Place: Ministry of Education
Rr. Durresit , Tirana
DZT Collective, Fourth movement – performance for a single person, 2016
Borders have become a topic on the International Agenda and are being discussed in parliaments as well as in neighborhood bars. What appears paradoxical is that as a result of technological discoveries the world has become smaller and we have the feeling we’re still unprepared for the consequences of newborn societies. The so-called "invasion" of immigrants that has faced especially Europe with its own principles necessary to its existence as a supranational entity. The reactions of the various Member States on the arrival of these people is obviously linked to the possibility to overturn governments and take leadership positions, using misinformation and populism.
Their work starts from these reflections, using one of the belonging symbols par excellence, the anthem. The European Union has chosen as its anthem the fourth movement of the 9th symphony of Beethoven, Ode to Joy which is used to reflect on topics like unity, borders, and migration and the need to rethink the Community of Nations in which we live.
Place: Metropol Theater
Rr. Ded Gjo Luli, 1001 Tirana
Mobile Albania, Radio Coli - The Livingroom of Coli, 2017
With: Sonja Azizaj, Julia Blawert, David Kryemadhi, Sarah Günther, Josephine Heide,
Olson Lamaj, Fiona Mino, Melpomeni Nelaj, Marin Nikolli, Marinela Tusku, Roland Siegwald, Katharina Stephan, Bijona Troq
In Cooperation with: Mobile Albania, MIZA Gallery, Radio Travel Tirana and Pa Fokus Magazine.
Supported by: Allianz Kulturstiftung, Robert Bosch Stiftung - Internationales Theaterinstitut im
Rahmen des Szenenwechselprogramms, Deutsche Botschaft in Tirana, Tirana Ekpres.
Coli is wandering trough Tirana, trough Albania, through Europe.... „How do you want to live, to what do you relate yourself to and how do we furniture our living room?“
Radio Coli, the wandering radio, generates different ways of discussions and develops new moments of encounter in Tirana, Albania and Europe.
During the last summer Radio Coli went through the city of Tirana and opened its studio in the streets and on different squares. Radio Coli asked questions and
collected many perspectives about how we live and how we want to live. Packed with this knowledge Radio Coli is now moving into the space of TULLA. Enter The Livingroom of Coli, look around and share with us the perspectives of Coli!
let`s get lost, or let`s find out a way of the unchangeable - Radio Coli, the wandering analogue radio!
Exposition will be open daily from 5pm - 8pm
Check out the daily program: www.facebook.com/radiocoli
Place: TULLA Cultural Center
Rr. Medar Shtylla, Tirana
Spazi Indecisi, Totally Lost, 2012-ongoing
Spazi Indecisi: Francesco Tortori, Matteo Pini, Filippo Santolini, Matteo Camporesi, Beatrice Biguzzi, Marika Medri, Federica Bondi, Alessandro Massa.
Totally Lost is an open and ongoing project curated by Spazi Indecisi collective for European Cultural Route ATRIUM. It maps the remains of the architectural heritage of Totalitarian Regimes in Europe through photography and video and investigates the relationship between the past and the present of these neglected buildings. Selected materials from the project, which has involved so far 400 international photographers and videomakers, will be presented without historical prejudices, the main intention remaining the investigation of these architectural spaces.
Place: House of Leaves, The Museum of Secret Surveillance
Boulevardi ¨Dëshmorët e 4 Shkurtit¨, Tirana
National Gallery of Arts, Në Shtëpinë Tonë, (In Our Home), 2017
Participating artists: Guri Bulollari, Aziz Karalliu, Shyqyri Sako, Lekë Tasi, Dhimitër Theodhori
The National Gallery of Arts in Tirana presents the collective exhibition In Our Home, with works from Guri Bulollari, Aziz Karalliu, Shyqri Sako and Dhimitër Theodhori. This exhibition consists of a series of drawings created in different time periods, ranging from the socialist realism days until today. The aim of this exhibition lies in memorizing personal stories, whether they are embedded in memory or omitted in time; conflict, as a human condition opposed to the physical space where we cohabit; dream, as a projection of home, as a basic human right to be free to desire and to choose the house of their dreams. The exhibition will remain open to the public until the 1-st of June 2017.
Place: National Gallery of Arts
Boulevardi ¨Dëshmorët e Kombit¨,1000, Tiranë
Claudio Zecchi, Public Sphere: Process and Practices, 2016
Supported by BJCEM and created by Claudio Zecchi, Public Sphere: Process and Practices is the 3rd chapter of a discursive project conceived as a long-term narration and known as Practices as an Intersection in a Fragile Environment. The curator invites the public of Mediterranea 18 to discover this chapter during an instructive talk on the topic of the relationship between art and the public sphere. Claudio Zecchi will also share the book of the same title, which is a little performative vocabulary made by the participation of artists, curators, Institution’s Director and the general public during his two-month residency in Nottingham. The book, as part of the process, is the result of conversations between the curator and the visual artist and designer Roberto Memoli.
Place: Former residence of Enver Hoxha, Villa 31
Rr. Ismail Qemali, in the area of Bllok
Tutti la chiamano la casa della ragazze, Tutti la chiamano la casa della ragazze (Everyone Names it the Home of Girls), 2012-ongoing
Tutti la chiamano la casa delle ragazze: Rachele Maistrello, Justine Luce, Alice Modenesi, Barbara Prenka, Sulltane Tusha, Nežka Zamar
Curator : Carlo Sala
The all-girl art collective Tutti la chiamano la casa delle ragazze (Everyone Calls it the House of Girls) and curator Carlo Sala propose a public art project also titled Tutti la chiamano la casa delle ragazze. This intervention manifests as the typical expression of conviviality and sharing which characterizes the collective. Tirana’s Pyramid walls, as well as fragments of the city, will be partially covered with a series of posters designed by the authors. In this way the imposing building’s surface will be filled with “visual signs", through which the artists want to grasp threads of memory in a path that has seen them discovering, sharing and even changing their identities. The project was born with the creation and publication of the book Tutti la chiamano la casa della ragazze that will be presented at artist’s Helidon Gjergji house.
Place: Pyramid of Tirana, International Center of Culture
Bulevardi Dëshmoret e 4 Shkurtit, Tirana
Place: Helidon Gjergji’s home
Rr. Zenel Baboci, 16 Tirana
Florian Gjini, Tirana Si’Xhade, 2017
Supported by: Metropolitan University of Tirana, RIAS Organization
Media Partner: NRG Radio
Tirana Si’Xhade aims to promote the Albanian tapestry tradition in order to convey the values of our cultural heritage. Florian Gjini’s project intends to achieve the recognition of this fascinating traditional know-how through an installation in one of the most visited areas of Tirana. The use of eco-conscious pigments and the involvement of young volunteers in the realization of this project which introduces popular motives from the village of Shëngjergj, encourages the environmental and artistic awareness and conservation.
Place: Sheshi Nënë Tereza
Lie-Fi Palimpsest, Bijtë e botës, (Children of the World), 2017
Artistic collective directed and coordinated by Floida Skraqi and Rossana Bossini
The project emerges from an original audio recording between two women: a mother and her daughter. It follows a tragicomic discussion starting from something very personal and evolving into different themes. It questions not only the specific artistic work of the daughter regarding the quality and the understanding but embraces important issues about the role of the woman in the society, in the art system, the art system itself, what can and cannot be considered art, about homosexuality and cultural differences. This thirty-minutes dialogue affects the intimate dimension of family life, in which even partly, anyone can recognize each other.
Place: Helidon Gjergji’s home
Rr. Zenel Baboci, 16 Tirana, Albania
Arjon Muarremi, Lorenzo Degli Esposti, Operations in Art. Operations in Architecture, 2017
The speech organized by Arjon Muarremi highlights the correspondence between artistic and architectural practices, providing an in-depth analysis of the Close Reading process. Arjon Muarremi, architect and one of the winners of the Applied Arts section, explores the concept of education through utopia by elaborating a concept of home, the theme of the Biennale. Lorenzo Degli Esposti, architect and University professor at the Politecnico di Milano, analyzes the processes of decomposing and deconstructing of Peter Eisenman's rationalist lexicon. He puts him in continuity with Le Corbusier's and John Hejduk's previous project and teaching experiences and with the formal theories of Colin Rowe and defining the approach of Close Reading. The introduction is entrusted to Jonida Turani, architect and curator of the Applied Arts section ofMediterranea 18 Biennale. Armand Vokshi, architect, professor, and president of SHASH - Association of Architects in Albania will compare the contributions offering his interpretation in relation to Albanian territory.
Supported by: Italian Institute of Culture, BJCEM, Ministry of Culture of Albania, SHASH - Shoqata e Arkitektëve te Shqipërisë, FAU – Fakulteti i Arkitektures dhe Urbanistikës, UPT
Place: Lincoln Center
Rr. Ismail Qemali, 31, Tirana
Image Credit: Peter Eisenman, Houses, drawing
ATRII /Tirana, It is just a façade, 2017
Project by: Nina Fiocco, Alice Pedroletti
For Mediterranea 18, the collective ATRII proposes a visual experience built as a site specific intervention. Questioning the meaning of memory and nature, this project proposes a reinterpretation of the space by producing an image on a canvas which will function as a trompe l’oeil and will be placed at the left entrance of Enver Hoxha’s former villa.
By temporarily hiding the architecture, and introducing the digital Open Archive of ATRII as a possibility to investigate the reuse of city spaces, the collective wants to emphasize the role of the artists in relation to contemporary society.
Place: Former residence of Enver Hoxha, Villa 31
Rr. Ismail Qemali, in the area of Bllok.
Nico Angiuli, Fabrizio Bellomo, E per te canterò tutta la vita (And I’ll sing all my life about you), 2015, color HD, 27’00”
Produced by: On FILM PRODUCTION (Albania)
An urban myth becomes the excuse for two friends to engage on a motorcycle ride across Albania in order to explore its recent history and its intricate relationship with Italy as experienced through the media for more than 50 years. By examining web elements, archive materials and by interrogating the local inhabitants the two directors seek the truth in a legend that reveals a mysterious yet surreal connection between Italy and Albania.
Nico Angiuli and Fabrizio Bellomo will get lost and become part of the media cauldron they wanted to analyze. This road-movie stands somewhat in between Marxism-Leninism and pop music.
Place: Courtyard of Lincoln Center
Rr. Ismail Qemali street, 31, Tirana
Alket Frashëri, Sentimentality of ...Small Anecdotes, 2017
Sentimentality of ...Small Anecdotes is a solo exhibition by Alket Frashëri that represents an intimate artistic approach to questions and reflections on certain dilemmas and uncertainties, related to the passive resignation phenomena of societies on the verge of transition, in front of globalization’s turmoil and present postmodern condition. Bringing together selected works in drawing, engraving and painting, this exhibition is characterized by the use of a plastically hybrid esthetic that gathers potentials of both, pure abstract form and figurative narratives, imaginary and cyclical.
The exhibition will open on 3 May at ZETA Gallery and will be shown to the public until 17 May.
Place: Zeta Art Center&Gallery
Rr. Abdyl Frashëri, Nr: 31, A/4, Hekla Center, Tirana
image credit: Alket Frashëri, Sentimentality of May Days - Apollo
Ilir Kaso, Edhe Zotat Vdesin (Even Gods Die), 2017
A month ago, visual artist Ilir Kaso opened his personal exhibition titled: "What were you doing when the dictator died?" The exhibition was proposed as a project wherein the first part the artist sets the title in the form of a question. He wants us to recall the day when the dictator died. This has been a research on social memories which are inevitably linked to the dictator's death. Starting from this moment he asks people to remember their ‘little stories’ and how they were interrupted. No matter how simple they might be, they testify truthfulness.
Throughout this journey, one understands that some people have forgotten this day. THE DAY WHEN THE DICTATOR DIES should be written in capital letters so that generations shall never forget. Perhaps some believe the reincarnation of the god in the body of their leader. They believe that he is immortal. Those left to believe in mortal gods will have to find another god.
The next exhibition comes as a response to the previous one. It establishes the relationship between the dictator’s figure projected as a god through totalitarian ideologies, which aimed to permanently transform the individual's mind by providing superman as an educational model.
The exhibition takes place at FAB Gallery on Friday, 5th of May, at 19:00 and will be open until 17th of May
Place: FAB Gallery
Rr. Ibrahim Rrugova Street, Tirane