Driant Zeneli : Swirling Around One and Other, curated by Gabi Scardi - nctm x l’arte : 14th april - 10.30 am / Milan


Wednesday 11 April 2018 by en , E. Noygues

On Saturday 14 April Nctm Studio Legale will open the doors of nctm e l’arte’s collection and host Albanian artist Driant Zeneli, who will exhibit Swirling Around One and Other, a nucleus of recent works comprising videos, photographs and drawings.

During the morning, some of his videos will be projected, including the unedited Who was the last to have seen the horizon?, made with the support of nctm e l’arte.

Nctm Studio Legale and nctm e l’arte are collaborating again this year with miart, the international modern and contemporary art fair of Milan that will be held in the pavilions of Fieramilanocity from 13 to 15 April 2018.

Driant Zeneli’s work is about the desire for elsewhere, for an infinite space without borders, where no ambition is precluded nor any task impossible: a feeling deeply rooted in an artist who grew up in a country in rapid and not always straight transformation like Albania.

The artist sets himself impossible targets and pursues them by planning incredible and paradoxical feats, which are doomed to failure but anything but toothless. With a visionary force and not without irony, its work expresses the subversive character of desire, dream as a fundamental dimension in that it helps us defocus our gaze, and a reaction against the logic of necessity, functionality and consumption. Zeneli interweaves personal experience with collective history, and myth with history, politics, transformation, utopia and dystopia, rethinking the idea of the true, the false, challenge and failure in tune with his own vision.

The initiative is part of nctm e l’arte, an independent project to support artistic creation, curated by Gabi Scardi and dedicated to contemporary art by Nctm Studio Legale. Activated in 2011, nctm e l’arte includes the Artist-in-Residence scholarship, support for artistic projects, collaboration with relevant Italian cultural institutions and the creation of a collection with works by artists such as Miroslaw Balka, Rä di Martino, Adrian Paci, Anri Sala, Kiki Smith.

Note: is recommended to book for the event ( e/driant-zeneli-nctm-miart-201 8).


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