Albanian Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2017
The Ministry of Culture announces that the project that will represent Albania in the 16th Edition of the International Architecture Exhibition at Venice Biennale 2018 is “Space zero”, developed by Commonsense, Studio / PRGBR Architect FABLAB, Tirana.
This project was selected through an open call for proposals (2 August – 3 November 2017), by the Ministry of Culture in the role of Albania’s pavilion commissioner, following three phases of the selective process, by an international jury composed of: Mr. Gëzim Qëndro, Mr. Bekim Ramku, Simon Battisti, Ms. Adelina Greca and Ms. Arta Dollani.
Jury members concluded that this is the best project and the most convincing team for the successful realization of the Albanian Pavilion at the Biennale, which meets the criteria set out in the open call.
The jury was inspired by the teams proposed linkage between Venice and Tirana to bring a piece of the urban setting of Tirana to Venice, a piece Tirana is losing in the process of urban expansion/ reconstruction. Commonsense.Studio/PRGBR Architektur FABLAB Tirana PRGBR Architektur is an independent practice based in Tirana/Albania since 2005 operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism & research. It concerns itself with developing strong concepts and design decisions informed deeply by mining the context and reflecting on how contemporary life evolves. Actively involved in designing of public spaces, housing and civic buildings, PRGB R Architektur is led by young enthusiasts and senior experienced collaborators aiming to implementing their vision in local developments and competitions.
Team Leader_ Dorian Tytymçe – Architect
Other members of the team
Jurtin Hajro, Architect
Florian Pollo, Architect
Enri Leka, Model Maker/Architect in the making
Egin Zeka, Urban planner
Elton Koritari, Exhibitions curator
Genti Tavanxhiu, Artist / sculptor
Jonid Koritari, Audio Artist
Artemis Hajdini, Video Artist
Laedia Hajdari, Snenographer Artist
Mirjana Pali, Cultural Mediator
Eni Molla, Content Manager
Anisa Hysko, PR Financing Coordinator
The Team that has been carefully put together has a strong common denominator in it’s critical approach to designing, one that searches for stimuli not only in the visual world, but also drawing inspiration from the social fabric, humanity, history and the local culture as a whole. The process aimed at freeing itself of all social, political or architectural complexes and just viewing the daily exchange between people and architecture in all it’s cultural layers as vibrant energy shaping a rich social life in contemporary Tirana.
The 8th symposium of sculpture in Korça, held annually, brought forth a Symposium of Architecture – the first of its kind in Albania, in a unique collaboration between architects and sculptors. This year’s 12-days event, from the 15th to the 22nd of July .
Korça, with its continuous trials in establishing and promoting sculpture as a successful form of public art, and with initiatives in regenerating public spaces through architecture, was the perfect host for the dialogue between the two disciplines. It encouraged the fruitful work between four renowned foreign and local architects and five internationally recognized sculptors.
Pair 01 – Architect, Martin Sobota & artist, Chang Shu Wei
Dutch Architect, Martin Sobota, with Back to The Roots, reimagines a pavilion that teases the eye with a mirror which places the viewer inverted with the surroundings.The structure made of light wood, seems to be grown towards the ground, while a carpet – traditional of Korça’s identity, questions the past as in relation to the contemporary. The Taiwanese artist, Chang Shu Wei’s The Recollection of Tree, pins the tree upside down, with its root at the top.
Pair 02 – Architect, Dorian Tytymce & artist, Jina Lee
The Albanian architect, Dorian Tytymçe, brought life under the Tree Pavilion – ideated as an open room within the park. The open structure, consisting of a tree and five “petals” of wood, represents the basic elements of architecture and welcomes everyone to interact – as children and passersby take a seat under its shade. It complements the sculpture by the South-Korean sculptor, Jina Lee, whose work, Ying & Yang, combines six organic shapes to create one unified form.
Pair 03 – Architect, Francesca Benedetto & artist, Takeshi Kubo
The Italian architect, Francesca Benedetto with The Living Diorama Pavilion, encloses a garden and displays different activities where architecture, nature and the life of the city coexist. The living diorama contains a living landscape within a timber structure.
Japanese sculptor Takeshi Kubo, presents his sculpture Concert of Shadow and Shape, where the form is made of shadows, lights and the air
Pair 04 – Architect, Arman Akdogan & artist, Jiang Chu
The Turkish architect, Arman Akdogan, with the Tangled Up Pavilion brings an architectural intervention in the park, breaking the green monotony. Paired with two opposite directional seat slopes facing one another, it encourages encounters and socializing.
Jiang Chu, from China, with Twisted Solidity, positioned just in front, presents a sculpture where architecture’s purpose is socializing.
– Japanese artist’s, Kei Nakamura’s work, The Origin of The Stone, derives inspiration from a farm of plankton, and represents the origin of calcareous stone.
The event was further enriched with public lectures – by the architects and sculptors, presenting their previous works and visions; workshops – where local architecture students had the opportunity to learn, research and later on document the findings in a booklet to be published in the future; and presentations where discussions were generated.This event curated by architect Jurtin Hajro, sculptor Genti Tavanxhiu, and advisor Blerina Mali – was supported by the Municipality of Korca, the Ministry of Culture, and The Embassy of the Netherlands in Albania.
Genti Tavanxhiu – Curator and organizator of Sculpture Symposium in Korça (Albania) 2017 , he was born in 1973 in Shkodra (Albania) and established his personal sculpture atelier in Italy since 1993. He is the AIESM (International Association for Monumental Sculpture Events) manager in Albania and agent in Italy as well as an ISSA (International Sculpture Symposium Alliance) member in Tongling, China. For the past two decades has been part of important national and international exhibitions, being awarded several prizes. Tavanxhiu organized, coordinated and directed eight international sculpture symposiums in Korça (Albania), one in Elbasan (Albania) and three symposiums in travertine, in Spinetoli (Italy), and for the first time on the story of Albania the organized the Architecture Symposium. On 2018 he is part of the team that are going to present The Albania Pavilion at The International Architecture Biennale of Venice (Italy). His monumental sculptures are present in many public places and private collections in USA, Albania, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Italy, France, Romania, Montenegro, Cyprus, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, China, Japan, Egypt, Syria, Iran, Israel, and Tawain.
Jurtin Hajro – Curator of the 1°International Architecture Symposium in Korça (Albania) 2017. He is the founder of commonsense.studio, an architectural practice based in Tirana. Actually he is a part time a professor in the Department of Architecture at Epoka University in Tirana, Albania, where he has taught for 6 years and established and was the first director of CoRDA – Center of Research and Design in Architecture. He received his Bachelor and Master courses in Architectural Design at the Middle East Technical University – Ankara, following experiences as an assistant researcher in the same university. Among others he is the architect of Epoka Social Center, completed during his direction at CoRDA, a building that has received international attention in award nominations and academic publications. Recently, July 2017, he was the curator, together with Genti Tavanxhiu, of the first Architectural International Symposium in Albania, Modeling the Idea – Pavilion Days in Korca.
SALLONI I VJESHTES 2017 – Shkoder (Albania)
Në Galerinë e Arteve të Shkodrës u përurua ekspozita tradicionale e artit pamor “Salloni i vjeshtës”2017, edicioni i 11-të. Ky aktivitet u kuruar nga Sidi Kanani dhe Suzana Varvarica Kuka dhe është pjesë e programit të eventeve të Bashkisë së Shkodrës kushtuar Festës Kombëtare të Pavarësisë.
Në këtë ekspozite u prezantua me pikturen e tij ‘ test 17 ‘ , akrilik në karton me madhesi 52 x 37 cm edhe artisti Genti Tavanxhiu .
Genti Tavanxhiu – Test 17 , 50 cm Acryl on Paper 2017
Biennale nazionale di pittura murale “Casoli Pinta” 2 – 17 Settembre 2017 , organizzata dall’associazione culturale Castellum Vetus in collaborazione con
il Comune Atri.
L’Arte : che fatica !
Di fronte a una scultura classica o moderna , tutti noi anche i più esperti , ci poniamo con estremo imbarazzo, quasi timore intriso di rispetto prim’ancora di un giudizio estetico .
come avrà fatto l artista a modellarla con ausilio del solo scalpello ? quali talenti occorrono nello svelare la figura immersa nella grezza e inanimata pietra ?
oggi penseremo che non sia solo ‘ frutto di braccia ‘ ; c’è di mezzo tanta tecnologia e strumenti meccanici che facilitano e accelerano la produzione artistica di una scultore . Ma è sempre fatica vera !
La scultura , nella classifica delle arti, è posta al secondo gradino.
prima c’è la pittura che comprende discipline come il disegno, l’incisione , alcuni scrivono, anche la grafica digitale . Ma ognuno può e deve farsi una classifica propria , per passione , interesse ed emozioni ricevute o espresse da qualsiasi opera d’arte , sia visiva che intellettuale. forse meglio non farla ?
Genti Tavanxhiu è uno scultore puro , che con le mani e qualche strumento aggiornato, affronta la pesantezza della pietra per farne creativamente un’ immagine da accarezzare e osservare a 360 gradi. Ma qui , lui, non potendo proporci una ben che minima scultura , ci regala, per inverso, una figura diafana , eterea. Hemera , importane figura mitologica, è la perfetta interpretazione della sposa che solo il giorno , cioè lei stessa, può rivelarci in tutta la sua bellezza ,. Una donna nell’ ‘ interno di prepararsi, perché di lì a poco varcherà la fatidica soglia di una chiesa .
Francesco Del Zompo
Quest’anno, alla Pietraia dei Poeti si festeggia un traguardo importante, quello della decima edizione della manifestazione “Arte Insieme, Collettiva di Artisti Sensibili”, 120 artisti da tutta Italia e non solo.
Ed in questi 10 anni sono davvero tanti gli artisti che hanno risposto all’appello e hanno partecipato alla manifestazione condividendone le finalità artistiche e sociali .