Vlora (Albania) : Exhibition "MISSING LANDSCAPE"

Tuesday 22 November 2011

The Promenade Gallery, Vlora, presents “Missing Landscape”, a group show with the partecipation of Bruno Muzzolini, Anri Sala, Artan Shabani and Fani Zguro.

The Promenade Gallery, Vlora, November 24, 2011 h 18.00.

Bruno Muzzolini

Bruno Muzzolini in the video “Anema e Core” (2008) represents the nucleus of this exploration. Set in a volcanic area of Iceland, the video features the volcanologist Gudmundur Eggertsson, against a desolate landscape of black rock and wind singing Anema e Core, an icon of the canzone napoletana which has always been one of the great passions of t his energetic Northern character.

Bruno Muzzolini was born in 1964 in Brescia. Lives and works in Milan and Brescia. He study at Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, and from 2003 he is professor of digital video at the same academy. He works on video and photography. At 2008 he was the winner of Venice Video ArtFair and also the 3rd Prize at International Onufri Prize. He has exhibited at 54th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, Listasafni ASI Reykjavik, Valenzuela and Klenner Gallery Bogota, Videoart Yearbook Bologna, The Mercahandise Mart Chicago, The National Gallery of Arts Tirana, The National Gallery of Arts Prishtina, Museo de Arte Moderna Medellin, Fabio Paris Gallery Brescia, The Living Art Museum Reykjavik, San Jerónimo 31 Mexico DF and Artissima Turin.

Anema e core, Still dal video, 2008, HD video, colore, sonoro, durata 4’30”, Edizione 5 + 1 p.a.

Anri Sala

Anri Sala in the video “Missing Landscape” (2001) represents an action like the theatre convention where the actor moves from the kitchen to the waiting room through the trapdoor, even though there are no walls or visible boundaries between the rooms in the scene. The actor considers the entrances to the different spaces. Each time the children enter the playground through the goals, considering a space in a space where there are no walls. They are unconsciously cutting the playground off the world surrounded by the mountains. They are playing the game and the play.

Anri Sala was born in 1974 in Tirana. Lives and works in Berlin. After studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tirana, in 1996 Sala moved to France, where he was enrolled at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and the Le Fresnoy studio in Tourcoing. In 2001 he wins Young Artist Prize, Biennale di Venezia and in 2011 Absolut Art Award, Stockholm. He has exhibited at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Kunsthalle Wien, 4th Berlin Biennial, 29th Sao Paolo Biennial, 50a Biennale di Venezia, Marian Goodman Gallery New York, Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Hauser & Wirth Zurich, Galerie Chantal Crousel Paris, Centre Pompidou Paris, Pinakothek der Moderne Munich, MoMA New York and Serpentine Gallery London.

Artan Shabani

Artan Shabani in the photography “Missing Landscape” (2009) represents the fields of gold, a landscape burned from the human regeneration process. A metaphor of our territory in continues change. The old school we miss under the laboratory of production and self destruction. The map of our time under the urbanism ambition of tomorrow.

Artan Shabani was born in 1969 in Vlora. Lives and works in Turin. After his studies in Albania he moved to Italy and than France and Spain, when he worked on different projects. In 2003 he was the winner of Special Prize at Österbottens Museum in Vaasa. Shabani is the founder of The Promenade Gallery (2007). At 2009 also was the curator of Albania & Kosovo Pavilion, Prague Biennial 4.

He has exhibited at The Promenade Gallery Vlora, The National Gallery of Arts Tirana, The National Gallery of Arts Prishtina, The National Automobile Museum of Italy Turin, Österbottens Museum Vaasa, The National Museum of Fine Arts Valleta, Muzeul de Artă Cluj, Tina B Contemporary Art Festival Prague, Center for Contemporary Art San Giovanni Valdarno, Prague Biennale 4, 53a Biennale di Venice, The National Gallery of Macedonia Scopie, The National Library Florence, Bocconi University, Artissima Turin, The Salzburg World Fine Art Fair and Project Room Mediateque St. Jean Cap Ferrat.

Missing Landscape, C-Print 70 x 100 cm, 2009, Edition 6 + 1 p.a.

Fani Zguro

Fani Zguro in the video “U Turn” (2006) represents a remake sports between the artist and the film’s sole protagonist sharing the same goddamned dialogue lines, even before Columbus’ arrival. “U Turn” operates and recycles analogous stories and places. The video tries all along to reach the fulcrum of history, that history continuosly repeating over the same interview or dialogue as in that fucking afternoon, always out there waiting for us.

Fani Zguro was born 1977 in Tirana. Lives and works in Berlin. After studying at Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, was part of artist residences in Cite des Arts Paris and Kultur Kontakt Vienna and also worked like independent curator at The National Gallery of Arts in Tirana. Since 2007 he is the founder and the curator of Tirana Art Center. At 2008 was the winner of International Onufri Prize. He has exhibited at Hauser der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, Filmoteca Espanola Madrid, 2nd Biennale of Tirana, 4th Biennale of Young Artists Bucharest, The National Gallery of Prishtina, Arsenal Gallery Poznan, New York Public Library, Center for Contemporary Art San Giovanni Valdarno and Videoart Yearbook Bologna.

U Turn, black and white video with sound, 3 min, 2006


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