French, Albanian artists explore bridges
TIRANA, April 20 – French sculptor Claudy Pellaton and Albanian contemporary artist Enkelejd Zonja are exploring bridges in Albania in a joint Tirana exhibition.
“It was an initiative by French sculptor Claudy Pellaton to open an exhibition with an Albanian artist. As an artist representing Albania, I will participate in another France exhibition with different works. That’s a form of communication between two countries through the language of art,” said Enkelejd Zonja, a Tirana-based 38-year-old artist.
French artist Pellaton who has also featured Albanian motifs in his paintings and sculptures, says bridges are an inspiration to him.
“I have seen a lot of bridges around the world and in the Balkans, but when I visited Albania I noticed that bridges here were a lot more specific and I could see artistic motifs in them. There is something special that inspires me about these bridges and their stories,” said the French painter.
Albania boasts several bridges dating back to Ottoman times, including the landmark Gorica bridge at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Berat.
The “Three Bridges” exhibition will remain open at the National History Museum until April 26.