Pavilion Days In Korça: First International Architecture Symposium In Albania 2017

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 Sobotawith 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.

written by Blerina Mali