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Tirana Art Lab

October 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - October 10, 2019 @ 9:00 pm

Talks: Filip Jovanovski / Raino Isto / Valentina Bonizzi

You are invited to join us in a series of Artist Talks and Discussions with Valentina Bonizzi, Raino Isto, Filip Jovanovski as part of Performative Exhibition #2 – Komuna e Parisit Revisited, with works by Rena Raedle & Vladan Jeremic.


Tuesday 8th October 2019, 7 pm
Filip Jovanovski
This building talks truly
Artist talk and discussion

Filip Jovanovski will present his performative project “This building talks truly”, which got the Golden Triga award at the Prague Quadrennial in 2019. The performance and installation represents a condensed archive of experiences and testimonies, bonds and relations collected and created during a community project initiated in 2015 in the cinema of the Railway Residential Building in Skopje.
Filip Jovanovski is a visual artist and civil activist. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, Skopje in 2010 and completed his postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts Department, Skopje in 2012. Filip Jovanovski explores different media and their interdisciplinary connection – theatre, video, film and spatial installations. His artworks are transformations of political and social categories into spatial pictures.

Wednesday 9th October 2019, 7 pm
Raino Isto
Metapictures and Albanian Socialist Realism
Presentation and discussion

Raino Isto will be talking about the fascinating picture of Sali Shijaku’s Zëri i Masës [Voice of the Masses], completed in 1974. He proposes that by reading Zëri i Masës carefully, we can discern some of the open-ended relationships between pictures and ‘reality’ in Albanian Socialist Realist art, recognizing some of the tensions and freedoms that were opened up in the process of viewing art, and listening to others speaking about it.
Raino Isto is an art historian, independent curator, and artist based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His research focuses on the intersection of historical consciousness and collective fantasy during late socialism and neoliberal capitalism in the former East. Raino received his PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park, and was recently a postdoctoral fellow at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. His articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Third Text, Extrapolation, Science Fiction Studies, and the Getty Research Journal. He is an editor at ARTMargins Online, and currently teaches at Mott Community College.

Thursday 10th October 2019, 7 pm
Valentina Bonizzi
Notes to a deputy
Artist talk and discussion

How can art offer a model or simply a space of reflection for the development of micro sustainable socio-economies? How do we exist inside the law, and what will be told of it in the end?
These are the questions that unravel the work that Valentina Bonizzi did between 2017 and 2019 in Tirana, working in between the project developed at the Centre for Openness and Dialogue and the city of Kamza together with the activist group ATA.
Digging into archives and communities, Valentina Bonizzi’s work highlights issues of social justice in relation to the politics of time in specific contexts. She works with a variety of media such as film, photography, literature, sound, and actions in public spaces. Bonizzi holds a Master from Glasgow School of Art and a Ph.D (AHRC funded) from DJCAD, University of Dundee.


Performative Exhibition #2
Komuna e Parisit Revisited
A performative exhibition with Rena Raedle & Vladan Jeremic and invited colleagues Valentina Bonizzi, Raino Isto, Filip Jovanovski
Curated by Adela Demetja
Opening hours: October 6–12, from 4–8 pm
New Location: Rruga Gjin Bue Shpata, Pallati Nr.5,
(At Stadiumi Dinamo, next to Best Western Nov Hotel), Tiranë 1001

Organised with the support of Goethe-Zentrum Tirana as part of Deutsch October Program in Albania.


Rruga Ymer Kurti
Tirana, 1001 Albania
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