‘Occurrence in present tense’ to represent Albania at Venice Biennale

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times December 16, 2016 12:57

‘Occurrence in present tense’ to represent Albania at Venice Biennale

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  • “Leonard Qylafi brings into the exhibition paintings and personal documents by making a contrast between, individual stories and collective memory, in a political and yet a poetic approach," said the jury headed by Italy's Marco Scotini and Hungarian Julia Fabenyi

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TIRANA, Dec. 15 – ‘Occurrence in present tense,’ a project by Albanian artist Leonard Qylafi and curated by Austria’s Vanessa Joan Muller has been selected to represent Albania at next year’s international art exhibition of the Venice Biennale.

“The Jury found it crucial that it is important that the national Pavilion is represented by an artist who has the capacity to enact past history with contemporary views, research and practice. Qylafi brings into the exhibition paintings and personal documents by making a contrast between, individual stories and collective memory, in a political and yet a poetic approach,” said the jury headed by Italy’s Marco Scotini and Hungarian Julia Fabenyi.

“By creating its own temporality, Qylafi produces a strong and new iconicity that raises a lot of questions, making the potential dynamics of narratives displayed even more exciting,” the jury added.

A Tirana-based Albanian contemporary artist, Leonard Qylafi, 36, works in different mediums including video, photography, music and painting. He graduated in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Tirana.

Vienna-based curator Vanessa Joan Muller is the head of dramaturgy at the Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna’s exhibition venue for international contemporary art and discourse.

The 57th Venice international art exhibition, titled “Viva Arte Viva” scheduled to take place from May to November 2017 is a Biennale event designed with the artists, by the artists and for the artists. It deals with the forms they propose, the questions they pose, the practices they develop and the forms of life they choose, organizers say.

“In a world full of conflicts and jolts, in which humanism is being seriously jeopardized, art is the most precious part of the human being. It is the ideal place for reflection, individual expression, freedom and fundamental questions. It is a ‘yes’ to life, although sometimes a ‘but’ lies behind. More than ever, the role, the voice and the responsibility of the artist are crucial in the framework of contemporary debates,” says curator Christine Macel.

In the 2015 edition of the international art exhibition, Albania was represented by “Albanian Trilogy: A Series of Devious Strategems” a project by Albanian contemporary artist Armando Lulaj and curated by Italy’s Marco Scotini, representing the conclusion of many years of research into the period of the Cold War in Albania.

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times December 16, 2016 12:57