Double Feature # 6
Sokol Peçi & Slobodan Stošić
Opening 29 April 2017, 7 p.m
29 April – 3 June 2017
Wed-Sat 4-8 pm
Double Feature is a format introduced by Tirana Art Lab with the aim of systematically displaying in our premises, two artistic positions to the Albanian, the regional and international audience. For the Double Feature # 6 we will bring together the work of Albanian artist Sokol Peçi and Serbian artist Slobodan Stošić.
The sixth Double Feature presentation is conceived around a commune interest underlining the practice of both artists: the Absurd. Their process of creation starts with the recognition of the Absurd, which constitutes for them the realm from where their artworks come from. The value of their practice lies in the ability to turn absurdity into the subject of their creation process, paradoxically generating subjective meaning from what can be perceived as meaningless. By facing, embracing, documenting or transforming the Absurd, their practice can be considered an act of resistance. Their works aim at confronting the viewer with what they might be consciously or unconsciously eluding.
As Albert Camus writes in The Myth of Sisyphus, the Absurd means both the impossible and the contradictory, and for him the Absurd lies not in the man nor in the world, but in their presence together.
The exhibition includes four works from each artist, most of which are new productions. Each of the works functions like a sequence and all together create a contemporary narrative, reflecting on the political, historical and social absurdity. The works develop in mediums like painting, drawing, video, photography and text. The exhibition relates to relevant events for the Albanian society.
Double Feature # 6 is supported by Albanian Culture Ministry.
Sokol Peçi (1984) born in Tirana, he graduated from the Art at Academy of Fine Art of Venice and finished the master studies at Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna, Italy. He lives in Tirana and Venice. Some of the exhibitions and events he participated include: International Film Festival, AL, „Tolerance“, Tirana Ekspres – AL, „A hundred years of self-dependence“, Tirana Art Lab, AL, „Rezidenca #7“, Zeta Gallery, AL, „Ardhje Award“, FAP Gallery, AL, „What is waiting out there, 6th Berlin Biennale, DE, „The Symbolic Efficiency of the Frame, Tirana Biennal, Satellite Project, AL, „Testimony and Desire“, 9th Onufri Prize, National Gallery, AL, „Contemporary Art Fair“, PadovaFiere, IT, „87th Collective Exhibition“, Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, IT.
Slobodan Stošić (1989) born in Novi Sad, where he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts. Lives and works in Novi Sad. Some of recent exhibitions include: “Focus: Ex-Yugoslavia and Albania”, curated by Adela Demetja, Viennacontemporary, AUS, “15 years of Mangelos award”, curated by Miroslav Karić and Una Popović, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, SRB, Divigation”, curated by Meyken Barreto, Y Gallery, New York, USA, “The One Who Became the Color on a Flag”, curated by Omar Lopez- Chahoud and Slobodan Stošić, Anya and Andrew Shiwa gallery, New York, USA, “Blasted”, curated by Zara Audiello, Beton7, Athens, GRE, ”Several Circles”, curated by Marco Antonini, EFA Project Space, New York, NY, USA, Imaginary friends”, curated by Chelsea Haines, Interstate project, New York, NY, USA