Was born in Milan 1982, lives between Tirana and Glasgow. Digging into archives and communities, Valentina Bonizzi’s work highlights issues of social justice while it uncovers the potentialities of democratization that lay in the artistic re-definition of cartographic practices. Her work explores the role of the image in all its expanded forms considering the politics of time in relation to hybridity, migration and the environment.Some of her works respond to scientific methods of defining citizenship, by carefully presenting the individual within collective history. Valentina works with a variety of media such as film, photography, the archive, sound, radio and performative intervention with music and dialogues.
(BS2) Is It Yours?
Born in Taichung, Taiwan in 1961. Chang earned his BA from Soochow University in 1984 and an MA from Indiana University in 1990. In 1995, Chang was elected to join Magnum Photos and became a Full Member in 2001. In his work, Chien-Chi Chang makes manifest the abstract concepts of alienation and connection. Chang’s investigation of the ties that bind one person to another was drawn on his own deeply divided immigrant experience in the United States. He was the recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Fund in 1999. Chang lives in Graz, Austria.
(BS12) The War That Never Was
Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson
Live in Rotterdam and Berlin, they started their collaboration in the Netherlands in 1997 during their MFA studies. Their work is often realized together with groups and individuals of different professions, activists, decision makers and people of all walks of life. They work with a variety of media, such as video, photography, text, audio/music, sculpture, multi media installations, performance. At times they engaged in generating open processes or ongoing long term projects, at times they engage them selves with specific social, historic and political contexts to portray and or intervene in the specific moment, taking part in a larger sociopolitical process, exploring the possibilities of art´s agency. In their works they critically and playfully focus on everyday life and how it is shaped or affected by ideological, socioeconomic, cultural and political factors. Asymmetry is a guiding principle in their multimedia and interventionist work, which often addresses injustice, inequalities and emancipation, portraying the oppressed and the authoritative subject as well as the emancipating one. Among their works are the ongoing campaign projects Your Country Doesn´t Exist (2003-ongoing) and ThE riGHt tO RighT/WrOnG (2012-ongoing).
(BS1) Your Country Doesn’t Exist
(b. 1974, France/Taiwan) - Sound Artist. Background in musique concrete and improvisation, using found objects, electroacoustic devices and phonographies. As a field recordist, he as particular interest for animals or nature sounds as well as urban situations and unusual acoustic phenomenas. Excursions are pretext to a sonic gathering, and often leads to the realisation of phonographic collages. He often collaborates with other musicians, visual artists and dancers, producing audio-visual performances or installations, and makes sound design for films. His work has been presented by various international festivals, record labels and biennale exhibitions. He is based in Taiwan since 2007, interested into the field of anthropology and ecology, exploring the island’s soundscape through artistic research, developing art projects in local communities and documenting the fauna and its environment, creating art & science projects in collaborations with biologists.
(K4) How Corals Think?
Was born in Cremona, Italy in 1974. He taps the experience of listening to “minor” narratives to fuel works that map the relationship between people and their environment. Memory, both individual and collective, is often at the center of a path that moves from autobiographical sources of inspiration toward universal themes like time and existence. His work, which tend to be site-specific, are developed through a long growth process that renders them living organism, never truly finished: open-ended devices of vision in winch the work partakes in life and the viewer become an active participant.Awarded the Artegiovane prize from the Milan and Turin Chambers of Commerce (2005) and the prestigious Premio New York from Columbia University (2007), Favini has been shortlisted for the Castello di Rivoli prize (2009), shared the 48th Premio Suzzara (2013) with Antonio Rovaldi and in 2017 winner of IX edition of NCTM and arts.
(BS13) Kosovar symbolism
(born in 1979 in Gjilan Kosovo), studied Painting at the Academy of Arts, University of Pristina. Hajrullahu teaches painting at the Visual ArtsHigh School in Gjilan.His artistic work is preoccupied by themes of everyday life and nostalgia. His drawings depict scenes of quotidian scenes and memories of the artist’s childhood, where the relationship between human beings and household objects tell poetic stories. His solo shows have been held at the National Museum of History in Tirana,2006;National Gallery of Kosovo”Pristina”,2010; the exhibition “Bajraktari” at Tetris,2011; international studio & curatorial programs ISCP “New York”, 2014;Tulla Culture Center in Tirana, 2015; In 2013 he was awarded the Kosovo Artist of Tomorrow prize and the Artist of the Year, Gjilan.
Is a Bosnian/French artist born 1981 in Ljubovija,Yugoslavia. He studied product design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo and contemporary art and cinema at Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains in France. His works – ﬁlms, videos, photographs and installations are formed in the relationship between the political and the poetic, touching upon the issues of oral and individual histories, collective memory and personal archives. Selected solo exhibitions include: Impossible Encounters, Apoteka_ Space for Contemporary Art, Vodnjan (2015), Hasanović-Cvijanović, Tirana Art Lab, Tirana, Albania (2014); Letters, Tobačna Cultural Center, Ljubljana (2013); Artists’ Cinema: Ibro Hasanović, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (2013); A Short Story, Turku Art Museum, Finland (2012); Stories, Galleria A+A (Slovenian Exhibition Centre), Venice (2011). Ibro Hasanović currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium.
(K4) Project Proposal "Lilium Bosniacum"
HAVEIT (Alketa Sylaj, Hana Qena, Vesa Qena, Arbërore Sylaj) is a collective that works to go beyond everyday pleasure, moralistic rules and refuse to agree with the matters that are being served. They won't do anything except tell their and your story! The group was established in 2011, Prishtina
(AM1) When father wept, mother washed my eyes
Was born in 1983 in Taichung, Taiwan, live and work in Taipei, Taiwan. Hsu is interested in the forgotten histories of the Cold War in Asia. His works develop a keen sensitivity that weaves together reality and illusion, history and the present by building a circuit of events in the hors-champ of people and places off the screen of history.He has been continuously trying to merge the languages of contemporary art and film to originate his works, in concern of how to step into reality through film creation, fabricating a mythical narrative which lingers between fiction and reality. He maintains a critical attitude toward filming, and through the power of film creation, he strives to move art to locations outside museums and to developing his political practice. His artworks had been presented in many exhibitions in museums, biennials and film festivals.
The IRWIN group was founded in Ljubljana (Slovenia). Its members are Dusan Mandic, Miran Mohar, Andrej Savski, Roman Uranjek and Borut Vogelnik. IRWIN, along with the music group “Laibach” (1980), the theatre group “Gledalisce Sester Scipion Nasice” (1983), later known as the “Kozmokineticni Kabinet Noordung”, and the design department “Novi Kolektivizem”, comprises one of the core groups within the artists’ collective “Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK)”, established in 1984 in the Slovenian republic of the Federal Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia. IRWIN is committed to the so-called ‘retro-principle’ which is “not a style or an art trend but a principle of thought, a way of behaving and acting”(IRWIN). In its artistic projects the group IRWIN has been involving itself extensively with the art history of Europe, in particular with the ambivalent inheritance of the historical avant-gardes and its totalitarian successors, and thus with the dialectic of avant-garde and totalitarianism. Following the creation of a specific visual language in their predominantly painterly projects of the 1980s, the group has been concentrating since the 1990s on a critical examination of the art history of “Western Modernism”, countering it with the “retro-avant-garde” of a fictive “Eastern Modernism” which, in its own obvious artificiality, points to the artificiality of Western art historical structures that continue to exclude contemporary Eastern European art to this day. With their artistic practice they had actively and concretely intervened in social and historical activities in the decade that redefined the status of art in Eastern Europe (Kapital, NSK Embassy Moscow, Transnacionala, East Art Map projects).
(BS3) NSK State-in-Time, NSK Passport Office
(BS4) NSK Passport Holders
(1991) Born in Prizren, graduated in Graphic from the University of Prishtina, Faculty of Fine Arts. Doruntina lives and works between Prizren and Prishtina. Kastrati has presented her work in the twelfth edition of the Young Visual Artist Award (2014) “Along with you flowers are dying too”, at the National Gallery of Kosovo, where she was announced as the winner of this edition. Throughout the period of January-March (2015) she attended an artistic residence in New York, respectively in the International Study Program and Curatorial Program (ISCP). In January (2016) Doruntina became the winner of the first edition of the “Hajde” Foundation, led by artist Petrit Halilaj. In February (2017) she opened her first personal exhibition “Red Landscape” curated by ValaOsmani at Stacion - Center for Contemporary Art, supported by the Foundation “Hajde”.
(R) THE LONG WALK
(born in 1987 in Fier and based in Tirana since 2012) is a visual artist from southwest Albania. He was trained as a painter at the University of Arts in Tirana (2006 – 2010), where he obtained his bachelor degree. Following his studies, he continued to work primarily in the medium of painting, whereas his more recent practice has expanded into sculpture, installation, video, and public space interventions. Kazanxhiu comes from a family of Roma ethnic minority. This fact has profoundly shaped his childhood years in Baltez, a village nearby Fier, where he was raised in an environment sensitive to social and cultural inequalities. In a community well aware of hierarchical structures and un-privileged positions within a nation-state, the very condition of being an Albanian Roma citizen turned out to be a determining factor for Kazanxhiu’s status of an artist as well as for his overall cultural practice so far.
(S1) Painting Series
(S1) A choice to be made, a price to be paid
(P2) I dont Have Borders to Protect
Was born in Yongzhou, Hunan Province (China), in 1985. He graduated from the Sculpture Department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2011. He currently lives and works in Beijing. Li Binyuan works with his close environment and the events happening around him, he uses surrounding materials and improvises with it. Each of his action aims to create a new form of relationship with the environment, and in his performances the way of acting is uninterrupted with the surrounding space. It jumps out of the structure of individual integration of emotion and experience. His work highlight the refinement of the individual, the body in his multiple behaviors. Li Binyuan place life itself in the center of his work, but also sometimes bring us beyond that.
(LH1) Freedom Farming
(born 1980 in Mitrovica) is a Kosovo based visual artist and filmmaker. He completed his BA and MA at Academy of Fine Arts at University of Prishtina.Mostly influenced by the social, political and economical transformation processes in wider surrounding region, he investigates history and socio-political themes and links them to his position in Kosovo today. His works cover a wide range of media including video installation, short film, documentary film, drawings, paintings, photographs and performance which have been exhibited extensively in various festivals, art fairs, group and solo exhibitions. He attended various residencies and received number of fellowships.He lives and works in Pristina, Kosovo.
(BS5) Catch Me
(BS9) Borders without Borders
(b.1970) is a filmmaker, artist and researcher from Austria, living and working in Taipei. Raidel focuses in her work on the sociocultural impact of globalization. Presenting as video, art installation, and films, she has investigated different cultural fields. Her works has been participated international biennials and film festivals, and the feature-length film Double Happiness (75 Min., 2014) has been shown worldwide over 30 International film festivals. Her writings include the book Subversive Realitäten: Die Filme von Tsai Ming Liang (Schüren, 2011) and essays on film aesthetics. Currently she is a senior post-doctorate researcher at Art University Linz, Austria. She attended various residencies and received number of awards.
(BS11) Double Happiness
Is an artist and filmmaker who produces installations, projects in public space, and films on issues such as economics, democracy, global warming, forms of resistance and social alternatives. Ressler has had solo exhibitions at Berkeley Art Museum, USA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid; Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum, Egypt; The Cube Project Space, Taipei and survey solo exhibitions in Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk; Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz; Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo – CAAC, Seville; SALT Galata, Istanbul; and MNAC – National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest. Ressler has participated in more than 300 group exhibitions, including Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid; Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven; MASSMoCA, North Adams, USA; Centre Pompidou, Paris; the biennials in Seville (2006), Moscow (2007), Taipei (2008), Lyon (2009), Gyumri (2012), Venice (2013), Athens (2013, 2015), Quebec (2014), Jeju (2017) and at Documenta 14, Kassel, 2017 (as part of an exhibition organized by EMST).
(K2) Everything’s coming together while everything’s falling apart
(BS8) Emergency Turned Upside-Down
(Italy, 1975), he lives and works between Albania and Italy. He graduated at “G.Carrara” Academy of Fine Arts in Bergamo, where he also worked as an assistant of several artists and then as a professor. He works from more than a decade in Albania where he conceived several projects as artist as well as curator. In 2012 he co-founded DyZeroTre (DZT) and MAPS – Mobile Archive on Public Space. Romano’s work focuses on the search for the identity and contradictions that this continual search has whenever it collides with every kind of system within which we live: the social system, the urban system,the art system. Romano, worksin aprocess field, through temporary actions, performances, installations and photographic works, in a relational dimension that crosses his background and that becomes collective participation, aesthetic and political mobilization, looking for new models of sociability. As an artist, as well as curator.
(BH1) Haiku Series
(P3) Study for a monument
OPA (Obsessive Possessive Aggression)
Is a collaboration founded in 2001 by the visual artists Slobodanka Stevceska (*1971, Macedonia) and Denis Saraginovski (*1971, Macedonia). Both of them studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje and are working on the borderline of art, media and performance. OPA focuses on researching the social, cultural and everyday issues, as well as ways of looking, thinking and behaving of certain community in the shifting social and political conditions. OPA reacts to the actual situations conceptualizing them into an art form by meta- situations/positions/narratives. Thus their activities include actions, context-specific projects, video, TV screenings, mockumentaries, etc. Their projects are often related to the societal life of the artist and the art system, deconstructing the artwork and its units. OPA has had solo exhibitions in Macedonia, Estonia, Croatia, Slovenia, France, Germany, USA and the Netherlands and has exhibited widely in group exhibitions and festivals such as Transmediale, Berlin; Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin; Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Transeuropa - European Theatre- and Performance Festival, Hildesheim; Freewaves’ Biennial of New Media Arts, Los Angeles; I Had a Dream, Kunstraum Baden, Switzerland; Victory Obsessed, Zamek Culture Centre, Poznan; etc. OPA received residency fellowships in Estonia, France, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, TheDragisa Nanevski Award at AKTO Festival of Contemporary Arts, Bitola (2010) and The Young Visual Artists Annual Award DENES (2004).OPA is co-founding member of Kooperacija Initiative (2012-2015).
(P1) Think Big!
Rena Rädle and Vladan Jeremić
Are artists whose artistic practice comprises drawing, text, photography, installation and video. Rädle and Jeremić live and work in Belgrade, Serbia. Since 2002 they have been developing a joint artistic practice that explores the overlapping space between art and politics. In their artistic work they focus on the contradictions that exist in society today and research with artistic means emancipatory potentials. Their projects include artistic interventions and engagement in current public debates and struggles, cross-disciplinary collaboration and dissemination through different media.
(BS7) The Housing Question
Born in 1974 in Podgorica, Montenegro. Lives and works in Montenegro. She received an MFA in Academy of Fine Arts, Cetinje in 2004. Works on installations, paintings, video works. Selected exhibitions: Burden of Proof, Galerie Perpetuel, Frankfurt, Life Interest, Handel Street London, Object of Punishment, Galerie Perpetuel Frankfurt; Apparent Servitude,IT; Just Kidding, Thrust Projects, NY; Now That We Have Gone As Far As We Can Go Conrads Dusseldorf;Recycling Religion, White Box Gallery, Intimate Transgressions, White Box Gallery, NYC, Wo das Gras gruner ist, Kunstmuseum Liechenstein. Just Kidding,IT; Buero.DC, Cologne;Joy of Life, Thrust Projects, NY;The Rise and Fall of Excess Culture, Stux Gallery NY;Gender Check, MUMOC, Wien; Farmers Market, NY; Collapsible Monuments, Thrust Projects, Pavilion of Serbia & Montenegro, 51 st Venice Biennal, Kunsthalle Fridericianum Museum Kassel.
(K7) Burden of proof
(1974, Ljubljana, Slovenia). Graduated in Sculpture and Video at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2000. Sašo is a Ljubljana-based artist whose primary interest seems to be things that people overlook and the ways in which they can be made useful once again. His work is generally defined by theories of disposal and the use and reuse of cheap technologies, open source software and waste materials. His practical and humorous works result from a subversive recycling of scientific, legal, technological facts and by employing DIY (do-it-yourself) and collaborative methods. He attended various residencies and received number of awards, among others 26th Alexandria bienalle award, Alexandria, Egipt , 2014; TREND AWARD, exceptional achievements in visual culture, Ljubljana, Slovenija, 2012; Artist of the month, Siement Art Lab, Vienna, Austria, 2009; VIDA 11, Fundación Telefónica, Madrid, Spain , 2008.
(BS6) Beggar Robot
(K3) Sky in Ruins
Born in 1964, Shan-hua, Tainan City, is a blue collar worker in China Steel Co. of Taiwan. He started photography at his entry to China Steel, and had practised and exhibited as a photographer since. YANG’s photography uses staging and acting subjects to create a setting that verges on the real and the fictional. Over years, YANG developed different series of seascape photographs about the evolution of Tainan City, the historical events, human interventions, natural transformations that have made the city and its vicinity. Due to the subsidence of land, human interventions – its architectures, farms, roads, etc., are returning to its background, the earth where they are from. YANG chose traditional Chinese aesthetics of soft-touching the picture surface. His photography crosses over a critique of modernity and a reconsideration of traditional philosophy.
(NH2) The Submerged Beauty of Formosa
Alketa Xhafa Mripa
Is a Kosovo born conceptual artist and activist. After spending her childhood in Kosovo where she completed her primary and secondary education, Alketa came to London in 1997 to study Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, before going on to study History of Art at the Tate Modern, London. Arriving as a student, Alketa became a refugee when the 1998-1999 Kosovo war broke out. Since then she has displayed her multi-faceted work in exhibitions across Europe including Berlin, London, Italy, Portugal and her native Kosovo, where she gained wider recognition for her art installation ‘Thinking of You’, In ‘Thinking of You’, Alketa used a Kosovan football stadium as her canvas, which she painted with thousands of donated dresses in a powerful tribute to survivors of sexual violence, aiming to pierce the silence surrounding wartime rape.