APEN | ExhibitionCONTACTALKANNALLBANIemail:firstname.lastname@example.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APEN at Fadil Studio 46 WEST 20TH STREET NEW YORK 2013 Opening February 5, 2013, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. On behalf of APEN (Albanian-American Professionals and Entrepreneurs Network), I am pleased to announce the second annual exhibition of Albanian artists in the heart of Chelsea. This mini-panorama provides a glimpse into the global diaspora of Albanian artists who work in the New York metropolitan area and around the world. Avoiding any critical statement, the exhibition represents the diversity and development of this generation of artists and dreamers. They have embraced and adopted New York City, making it the center of their existence. As they traverse the world, New York remains at their creative core, refueling inspiration and generating fertile and unpredictable dialogue. The artists use different mediums and a rich emotional connection with aesthetic lines of development flowing from our modern times, often carrying a critical involvement and heroical approach. Their art reflects a deep exploration of identity and social involvement. Even if emotionally bound to the motherland, this new generation of Albanian artists see themselves as part of the vast global art scene, with all of its complexity and possibility welcoming their individual voices, offering them not just the opportunity but also the right to take their place on the world stage. Alkan Nallbani New York, 2013
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY Helidon Gjergji Born 1970, Tirana, Albania B.F.A., Academy of Fine Arts, Tirana, Albania and Academy of Fine Arts of Naples, Italy M.F.A., Northwestern University, Chicago, IL Selected Exhibitions: The Festival of Ideas – New Museum (NYC); Manifesta 8 (Murcia); Venice Biennale 52; Tirana Biennale 1 and 4; Venice Biennale of Architecture 12; Present Future; Artissima 10 (Turin); MASS MoCA (North Adams); MADRE -- Museo dArte Contemporanea (Naples); Apexart (NYC); National Gallery (Tirana); VILLA ARSON – Centre dArt Contemporain (Nice); Lothringer 13 (Munich); X Initiative (NYC); Kosova Art Gallery (Prishtina); PAN – Palazzo delle Arti (Naples); Chelsea Art Museum (NYC); Suburban (Chicago); Botkyrka Konsthall (Botkyrka, Sweden); MURAM – Museo Regional de Arte Moderno (Cartagena, Spain); The American Academy in Rome; National Museum of Romania (Cluj); National Museum of Malta (Valletta) Emil Bakalli Born 1975, Elbasan City, Albania 2009, M.F.A., Parsons The New School For Design, NY, NY 2006, B.F.A., Hunter College - The City University of NY, NY Lives and works in New York City 2013, Artist | Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts, The Humanities Department | Visual Arts | The City University of New York -- LGCC Selected exhibitions: Piraeus Dimotikon Theater-Art Gallery, Athens, Greece; Beckett Art Gallery, Ontario Canada, PULSE Art Fair International NY, The Kitchen Contemporary Art, Reis Gallery - The Experimental Space, NARS Foundation Gallery, Barrett Art Center Gallery, Simone’s Art Gallery, Pleiades Gallery of Contemporary Art, Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, Savacou Art Gallery, Southampton Art Gallery, Parsons the New School for Design Art Gallery, etc.
Lulzim ShtiniBorn, Kavaje, Albania2007, B.F.A., Academy of Fine Arts, Tirana, AlbaniaScowhegan School of Painting and SculptureAlkan NallbaniBorn 1971, Berat, Albania1994, B.F.A., Academy of Fine Arts, Tirana, Albania; cont.ed., Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy and the CorcoranCollege of Art and Design, U.S.A.Lives and works, New York and Florence, ItalyNallbani has had numerous exhibitions in Albania, Italy,Greece the United States. His work was included in theHarnett Biennial, Richmond, VA in 2010 and the PragueBiennale in 2009.Klodiana AliaArtist’s Statement: “I like faces. People. Places. So I seekthem. I figure, if I am of this world, perhaps the way to knowmyself lies in its exploration.”Artan ShabaniBorn 1969, Vlora, Albania.Lives and works Venice and Vlora2003, Winner, Special Prize at Osterbottens Museum inVaasa2007, Founder of The Promenade Gallery2009, Curator of Albania & Kosovo Pavilion, Prague Biennial4Selected Exhibitions: The 13th International ArchitectureBIENNALE 13, Albanian Pavilon, IN HERITAGE, Venice,Italy Prague Biennale 4, Praha Czech Republic VeniceBiennale - 53. Editions Krossing / Forte Marghera Veniceitaly The Fondation Palazzo Bricherasio, Historical Rooms,Torino Italy La Générale en Manufacture Sèvres, TalkingAbout, Paris France Mavi Kum Gallery, Istanbul Turkey National Museum of Fine Arts, Heritage Malta "I Fought TheX And The X Won", Valleta. Malta I fought the X and the Xwon - Muzeul de Arta Cluj - Napoca, Cluj Romania Tina BContemporary Art Festival, Prague Czech Republic Casa
About, Paris France Mavi Kum Gallery, Istanbul Turkey National Museum of Fine Arts, Heritage Malta "I Fought TheX And The X Won", Valleta. Malta I fought the X and the Xwon - Muzeul de Arta Cluj - Napoca, Cluj Romania Tina BContemporary Art Festival, Prague Czech Republic CasaMassacio, San Giovanni Valdarno. Italy Kosova NationalGallery of Arts, Prishtina. The National Gallery of ArtsTirana, Ballkan Metamorphosis, Tirana Albana DoriaPamphili Palace, San Martino al Cimino, Viterbo, Italy TheNational Automobile Museum of Italy in Turin. Italy Ardian IsufiBorn 1973, Tirana, Albania1995, B.F.A., Academy of Arts, Tirana, AlbaniaAssoc. Prof., Graphic Atelier, “University of Arts” Tirana,AlbaniaLives and works in Tirana, AlbaniaSelected Solo Exhibitions: 2012, U.O. (Unidentified object),Solo Show at The Promenade Gallery, Vlora, Albania 2011“Albania Post ’90 Exhibition of Poster, FAP Gallery-Academyof Arts, Tirana, Albania 2010 “Umbrarum Theatrum” –Theatre of Shadows, Solo Show at FAP Gallery-Academy ofArts and Zeta Gallery, Tirana, Albania 2008, “Human Signs”,German Embassy in Tirana, AlbaniaBekim ZeqiriBorn 1972, Mitrovica, Republic of Kosovo2001, M.F.A., Dusseldorf Art AcademyLives and works in New JerseyGroup show Josef Albers Museum, Bottrop Germany, SoloShow in K-14 Essen Germany Group Show “urban Mythos” atWest Beth Gallery in NYIrgin SenaBorn 1982 in Tirana, Albania2012, M.F.A., Hunter College2006, B.F.A., Academy of Arts, Tirana, AlbaniaSelected Exhibitions: 2012, Family Talk, Futura-Center forContemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic, MFA ThesisShow, Times Square Gallery, New York, NY, MissionAfterviews, Victoria Theater, San Francisco 2011, NewInsight, Art Chicago, Chicago, curated by Susanne Ghez,CAA New York, Hunter College/Times Square Gallery, NewYork, NY, 2010, There Has Been No Future, There Will BeNo Past, (ISCP) International Studio and Curatorial Program,New York, Hell NO! The Convent of Saint Cecilia, Brooklyn,NY, Espacio Entre Medio, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2009, BadMoon Rising 3, Boots Contemporary Art Space, St. Louis,MO, Play, Vanessa Quang Galerie, Paris, France
No Past, (ISCP) International Studio and Curatorial Program,New York, Hell NO! The Convent of Saint Cecilia, Brooklyn,NY, Espacio Entre Medio, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2009, BadMoon Rising 3, Boots Contemporary Art Space, St. Louis,MO, Play, Vanessa Quang Galerie, Paris, FranceAlfred Milot MirashiBorn 1969, Albania1999, B.F.A., Academy of Fine Arts, MilanLives and works in Florence, Italy2013: “IO KLIMT” Palazzo dei Consoli, Gubbio, WaterCube Museum - Beijing, 2 Edizione “Art Water Cube”,Winner, International Picture & Calligraphy, curated byVincenzo Sanfo, Beijing, China 2012: “Stemperando 2012” –5th Edition, International Biennale of Torino, works of art onpaper , Gubbio Artour-o il Must Londra 2012- “ A red carpetfor Italian interiors” “Olympic Fine Arts London 2012”, GoldMedal in Painting, Barbican Centre Museum, London “Barocco Austero” - International Artists, Catania “Passepartout, La corte d’Arte Contemporanea Gallery,Firenze “Self-Portrait”, Artists of the Third Millenium, Brindisi “Albananian Identity”, The Garden of Beauty, 2 edizione, S.ELlesh Kola, in collaboration with the Province of Siracusa Comune di Noto and the Group Art Project Artour-o il MustVilla della Vedetta, Firenze “Il paese di fronte”, Museum ofthe Civilta Romana, Roma, “Ipotesi Dinamica” –MISA,BolognaVenera KastratiBorn, 1975, Tirana, AlbaniaB.F.A., Milan and Academy of Fine Arts, Tirana, AlbaniaLives and works in Milan, Italy.Selected exhibitions: 2012: Resident artist, Costa ReySardegna; Centro 3T (Se) Brescia; Ruinas Contemporaneas,Sardegna; 2011: Museo Marino Marini, Firenze; FondazioneCarisbo, Bologna; Palazzo Barolo, Torino; Casa Masaccio“Double Bind,” San Giovanni Valdarno 2010: “Who want touse my windows?” Paolo Maria Deanesi Gallery, Rovereto,HomeBase Berlin 2009: 25th Alexandria Biennial forMediterranean countries, Egypt; 53rd Venice Biennial"Krossing"; Palazzo Rospigliosi, RomaParlind PerlashiBorn 1971, Lezhe, Albania1990, Art School of ShkodraLives and works in Florence, ItalyIn Florence Perlashi studied at the Academy of Fine Arts(1998-2000) and subsequently (2000-2004) attended coursesin Directing, Film and Photography at the National School ofIndependent Cinema. He has participated in several nationaland international exhibitions of painting, photography andvideo.
and international exhibitions of painting, photography andvideo.Armand Xhomo1989, B.F.A., Academy of Fine Arts, Tirana AlbaniaLives and works, Florence, ItalySelected Exhibitions: Palazzo Pretorio, Florence AlbanianEmbassy, Rome Museo dei Campionissimi Galleria GraficDesign Art without borders, Norway Ministry of Art &Culture, Tirana Galleria e arteve, Tirane Museo di civiltàRomana, Roma Museum Ugo Guidi, Forte dei Marmi Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Firenze Noto, Sicilia Expo dArteContemporanea, Genova, Arezzo, Forte dei Marmi, MassaCarrara. Winner, Contemporary Art Expo, Forte dei MarmiArben SelaBorn 1975, New York1999, B.A. (Architecture), CCNYSince graduating, Sela has worked and collaborated withnotable and award winning architectural firms such asStudios Architecture, Michael Graves Architect and EmanuelaFrattini MagnusonMajlinda HoxhaBorn 1984B.F.A. (photography), Whitecliffe College of Arts and DesignM.F.A., Elam School of Fine Art at Auckland University, NewZealandLives and works in Prishtina, KosovaHoxha is the deputy photo editor and photographer at Kosovo2.0 magazine, where her work is regularly published. Her“Family Portrait #1” is currently on display at Te Papa, theNew Zealand Museum. Her work was also featured in theannual Mulsim Mulliqi exhibition, hosted by the National ArtGallery of Kosova, as well as a curatorial project initiated bythe Photon-Centre for Contemporary Photography titled“Aftermath. Changing Cultural Landscape.”
Heldi PemaBorn, AlbaniaB.F.A., Academy of Fine Arts, Tirana, AlbaniaPema’s work has been shown at the 52nd International ArtExhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Albanian Pavilion;Museum of Contemporary Art - Villa Croce, Genova;European Month of Photography, Haus am Lützowplatz,Berlin; ViennAfair, Vienna; 2nd Tirana Biennale; The NationalGallery of Arts, Tirana; A+A Gallery, Venice and ThePromenade Gallery, VloraOlson LamaSolo Exhibitions: 2010 - GRAFI DI MEMORIA - MS gallery,Madrid (Spain) 2006 - AT EAST OF INPOSSIBLE -Valentina Spata (curator) Vitervo (Italy) Group Exhibitions:2012- HOT TABU- MIZA GALERI- Tirana, ARDHJA award –T.I.C.A - TiranaANDATA-RITORNO, Fap Gallery, UDHA residence, MetropolTheater of Tirana 2011 - ARDHJA award - FAP Gallery andZeta Gallery, Tirana, (Albania), METRONOM -Modena, (Italy) 2010 - VITA! VP CERCANDO - organized by the culturalcenter Tiatiò, Bergamo (Italy) 2009 - ONUFRI 2009 NationalArt Gallery, Tirana (Albania)Rilind KuqiBorn, KosovoB.F.A. & M.F.A., figurative artKuqi has also done work in set design at the National Theaterof Kosovo. His present work is abstract with a play on colorand shape.Meu Luka HajdiniBorn, Albania2004, B.F.A., Academy of Fine Arts, Tirana, AlbaniaLives and works in New York CityArtist’s statement: “My art is an inner and sincere journey, ajourney that works with pure imagination and a dream state.The result is a series of works made of confessions, silentthoughts and reflections. It is my dream and my reality, myperfect escape from this world. It is a form of ‘hide and seek’– a process in which I both lose and find myself at the sametime. Despite my formal training in art, I consider my art to benon-conventional.”