Tirana, Durres turn into Mediterranean art spaces

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times May 5, 2017 09:51

Tirana, Durres turn into Mediterranean art spaces

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  • “I believe that this Biennale is happening at the right place in the right time. What I expect to come is a hurricane of energy brought by the young artists of Europe and the Mediterranean. The added value is the art and the ideas they bring with them, to be shared and also questioned,” says Driant Zeneli, the biennale’s artistic director

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TIRANA, May 4 – More than 230 international artists are being showcased in Albania, displaying their works in some unusual and thought-provoking spaces in Tirana and Durres, the country’s two largest cities.

The display is part of Mediterranea 18 Young Artists Biennale, a multidisciplinary exhibition which Albania is hosting for the first time from May 4 to 9.

“Taking place in a country, which is defined by its forced, isolated past, and its turbo-transition from communism to capitalism in only 25 years, the Biennial will focus on a component which is currently, more than ever, put at risk in the politics of present society. In a geopolitical area where history, conflict, dream and failure are navigating the opaque waters of everyday life, home becomes an emergency to be technically reconsidered and collectively re-defined,” says Italy-based International Association of the Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, BJCEM.

Some landmark and tourist attractions in both Tirana and Durres including museums, art galleries but also landmark buildings of communism such as the Pyramid, a former mausoleum of Stalinist ex-dictator Enver Hoxha, the House of Leaves communist spy kit, the Bunk’Art anti-nuclear bunker and the ancient Roman amphitheater in Durres.

Culture Minister Mirela Kumbaro says the international artists serve as linking bridges “connecting Europe and the whole Mediterranean to Tirana and Durres who turn into a big house welcoming ideas, vision and emotions.”

“The Mediterranean’s life close to each other, the co-existence of our peoples, religion, culture and the different languages have left back spiritual heritage we have to confess,” says Kumbaro.

The biennale’s artistic director, Driant Zeneli, an Albanian contemporary artist, says the event will take place in more than 30 spaces in Tirana and Durres.

“The biennale has been built upon the home concept and is divided into four parts, history, conflict, dreams and failure. There will be a topic each day. The exhibitions will continue until May 28 but events and performances will take place from May 4 to 9,” says Zeneli, a 34-year-old artist who represented Albania at the 2011 Venice Biennale.

In an earlier interview with BJCEM Association, Driant Zeneli, says he expects “a hurricane of energy brought by the young artists of Europe and the Mediterranean.”

“I believe that this Biennale is happening at the right place in the right time. What I expect to come is a hurricane of energy brought by the young artists of Europe and the Mediterranean. The added value is the art and the ideas they bring with them, to be shared and also questioned,” says Zeneli.

The idea of home for this Biennale is grounded on four elements: ‘history, intending the archive of the unaccountable number of individual stories, recorded or forgotten. Conflict, to consider the way we share homes. Dream as the project of home, as the fundamental human right to be free to choose and desire our real or imaginary home. Failure as the inner resistance of the various attempts, transformed along the way in search for the dream home.’

“The inspiration comes from how I developed my work for the past ten years, I guess that for an artist to make art is a metaphor for building ‘home,’” says the biennale’s artist director.

 

Mediterranea 18 Young Artists Biennale

May 4-9, 2017

Tirana and Durrës, Albania

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times May 5, 2017 09:51