163 Contemporary Artists from Albania
Ervin Bërxolli - The Lost City of Tirana (2015)
Always living in borderlands of empires – the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian, Fascist, Nazis, Soviet, and Chinese – the Albanian people have loved and hated them all, yet have established no special connection with any of them. Today, the Albanians are on the edge of Europe, living its utopia but lacking the European foundation. And still, they are living proof of ancient and modern values, in full harmony with those of every other European nation.
Albes Fusha - Remedios (2015)
This collection is a snapshot of the cultural, aesthetic, ethical and religious diversity of today’s Albania. As an imaginary mosaic, it presents to the young generation of Albanian artists the portrait (imago) of a world (mundi) which in turn is a polyphony of voices with its roots deep in a common identifiable feeling.
Mikel Temo - Inside Out (2015)
This is an almost one year work: a year that has been busy and moving, intricate yet captivating, full of meetings, conversations, colors, raki, coffee and drifting to and from the emptiness of period. There are many people that belong to this year and I want to be grateful to. Surely I cannot mention each one of them, but personally I will cherish every contribution.
Mikail Papuçiu - Fugit Ireparabile Tempus (2015)
First of all, I sincerely thank Mr. Luciano Benetton for trusting me with this project which deals with universal subjects, as opposed to today’s tendency to consider the job of those dealing with such subjects as too common. I think and believe that even Imago Mundi will have its period of doubt, but if it is true that time is master of all things, then it will reveal the value of this legacy for humanity.
Herald Pojani - Under Surveillance (2015)
I’d like to thank the artists, too – those that submitted their work, those that got lost along the way and even the ones that did not accept to take part. I have realized that while it is difficult to be an artist, it is almost impossible to be an artist in Albania. That is because this country lacks the proper institutions that elevate art into a system which can generate a hierarchy of values. No need to dwell into details. The experience of this last year enabled me to establish contacts with so many Albanian artists, part of them scattered abroad.
Viktor Ferraj - Untitled (2015)
But the most special appreciation goes to Julinda Mbrica. Being the curator of this project – until her tragic departure in October 2014 – this Introduction should have been written by her. Julinda believed in this project since the very beginning till the building of the database. And this first important database of Albanian artists now belongs to the artistic community of the country. It all originated with one phone call from Oliviero Toscani. And I thank Toscani too, for giving life to this wonderful idea.
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EJAlbum staff and volunteers
Dedicated to Julinda Mbrica
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