About

Tirana Art Lab – Center for Contemporary Art is Albania’s leading contemporary independent art institution. Founded as a non-profit organization, on the initiative of Adela Demetja in 2010, TAL aims at promoting emerging artists and contemporary art from Albania as well as from Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe. The center is process and research oriented. Through different events like, residencies, exhibitions, workshops, performances, lectures and talks, as well as publications, TAL has managed to create a space for emergent critical and reflexive thoughts. The center initiates and supports new productions by national and international artists, and projects critically engaged with artistic, cultural and social issues of transitional and contemporary societies. TAL operates from an independent multifunctional space located in the centre of Tirana. Its unique laboratory consists of an exhibition space, a space for artists in residence and an open public library of contemporary art books.

From 2014 TAL has refined its holistic conceptual, operational and managerial practice based on the concept of rhizome. It is deeply rooted, both in the Albanian cultural context and new experimental methodologies in terms of research, production and management. In this manner TAL tries to resist politicization, polarization and neo-colonial practices which pervade contemporary local and/or global cultural scene. The concept consists in three practical strings: inside-outside (equal relationship/partnership with other foreign/Albanian institutions), bottom-up (equal relationship/partnership with the public/private culture system institutions) and polyphony (artists-public relationship/partnership in production of cultural goods). Therefore the practice of TAL (research, production of art/culture, and management) maintains a strict connection with the sensitive horizontal issues, such as transparency towards the public/private collaborations, involvement of beneficiaries in the process of cultural goods, non-profit/public interest, socio-cultural suitability, effects on vulnerable groups (youth, elderly, minorities, precarious workers), and impact on gender relations.

Throughout the years, TAL has grown into a contemporary art centre, engaged in a wide range of activities and collaborations with other art institutions, museums, and academic structures in Albania, the South Eastern Europe Region and the international landscape. Through one of the members TAL is the first Albanian institution collaborating with Institut national d’histoire de l’art – Paris, France. Thanks to the expertise and capacities of its members TAL was the first art and cultural organization in Albania supported, in the framework of an international partnership project (Heroes We Love ), by the Creative Europe Programme. Also as leading partner TAL was supported in 2016 by Allianz Kulturestiftung. These supports followed the continuous collaboration, in all these years, with other foreign institutions and supporters, such as Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism, Museum of Yugoslav History Belgrade, UGM | Maribor Art Gallery, Institut für Ausladsbeziehungen, Alliance Francaise, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Robert Bosch Foundation, Pro Helvetia, European Cultural Foundation and a large number of embassies in Albania. TAL is also supported by the Albanian Ministry of Culture, Albanian National Historical Museum and other public/private national institutions.

Executive Director / Curator Adela Demetja

Adela Demetja, holds a master in “Curatorial and Critical Studies” of Goethe University and Städelschule, Frankfurt/Main, a diploma in “Leadership Development Programme” of The College of Europe and European Funds for the Balkans, Berlin-Brussels-Bruges and a diploma in “European Culture Management” of Robert Bosch Foundation. From 2010 she is co-founder and Executive Director of TAL. As an independent curator she has organized, managed and curated a numerous international exhibitions and events in different European countries. In 2015 she co-curated the third edition of the international contemporary Project Biennale D-0 Ark Underground taking place in the anti-atom shelter build by Tito in Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2016 she was appointed curator of Focus: Ex-Yugoslavia and Albania at viennacontemporary international art fair, Vienna Austria. As an author she has been writing exhibitions reviews, catalogue text and articles for different online platforms and publications.

Team

Darsel Demetja / Eni Derhemi / Beriad Qojle / Aurora Kalemi / Vjola Kasëmi

Board

Edlira Mali, Fisnik Ismaili, Dr. Frederik Stamati, Nikolin Bujar, Redi Saliasi

Former Curator / Collaborator

Romeo Kodra, Matilda Odobashi, Sonja Lau

Imprint

© 2019 Tirana Art Lab
Design: Paul Voggenreiter
Code: Jens Schnitzler

Contact

Adela Demetja (Director)
M: adela.demetja@tiranaartlab.org
T (AL): +355 (0)692314995
T (DE): +49 (0)176 67606668

Opening Hours

During Exhibitions: Wed-Sat 4-8 pm

Location

We are looking for a new location

Mailing Address

Adela Demetja
Rr. Muhamet Gjollesha
P.64, Sh.6, Ap.54
Tirana Albania

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Space

From its beginning in 2010 until 2014 TAL organized different types of events in the cities of Tirana, Shkodra and Pogradec in art spaces and public spaces. From 2014 to 2018 TAL operates from an independent multifunctional space located in the centre of Tirana. Its unique laboratory consisted of an exhibition space, a space for artists in residence and an open public library of contemporary art books. Meanwhile we are looking for a new space to relocate TAL starting from 2020.

Find Us

Recent

Performative Exhibition #2 Komuna e Parisit Revisited
 Rena Rädle & Vladan Jeremić 05.–12.10.2019

Residency

Tirana Art Lab hosts an international residency program that is open to artists, curators and theoreticians from all fields of contemporary culture. The residency gives the participants the opportunity to spend a distinct amount of time in Albania, to meet and to collaborate with artists and experts from the region, and leads to the production of a new work informed by the research on site. The duration of the residency depends on the respective project proposal.

Paul Voggenreiter (Germany)

Designer in Residency

October 2018

Gabriele Rendina Cattani (Italy / France)

Artist in Residency

Double Feature #09

March – April 2018

Fabrizio Bellomo (Italy)

Artist in Residency

Double Feature #03

September – October 2015

Leone Contini (Italy)

Artist in Residency

Foreign Body

April – June 2013

Double Feature is an exhibition 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. By exhibiting two artistic positions together, we would like to construct the ground for contextualization of the artists and their works as well as build up a historical narrative necessary for the developments of contemporary art in Albania and the Region. The structure of the event enables us to pair artistic positions with every exhibition differently, making it possible to create mutual connections and references for both the positions. Especially in the Albanian context such exhibition format is needed and can be very successful. The small scale of the project enables us as organizers to engage deeply with the artists, the works and the context as well as enables the public to have a greater accessibility to a small-scale showcase. We primarily aim in conceptualizing; curating and delivering exhibitions with a high artistic quality and relevance as well as to motivate and create a space for discussion starting for the discourses initiated by the art works. Double Feature is a series of exhibition that will bring together national and international positions; positions from different disciplines; positions belonging to different generations. The creation of a dialogue between the two positions in relation with the history of art will be ensured by detailed exhibition text, artist talks, documentation through publication, interviews, photo documentation, video material etc.

Performative Exhibition is a new format initiated by Tirana Art Lab – Center for Contemporary Art with the intention to disclose exhibiting and to make public through performativity not only the process of artistic creation and curating, but also find ways to include in the exhibiting process and the means of production behind and beyond the event itself. The concept of “Performative Exhibition” aims to find new ways of exhibiting and curating which break with the temporary / unique features of the contemporary exhibition and propose enduring ways of working together.

The program is eager to tackle new hybrid formats of contemporary music and visuals arts by means of new audio-visual productions, concerts, talks and screenings.

Performative Exhibition #2 Komuna e Parisit Revisited
 Rena Rädle & Vladan Jeremić 05.–12.10.2019

Double Feature #10 Jora Vaso & Theo Napoloni 29.09.–30.10.2018

Performative Exhibition #01 Center of Integration 24.–29.07.2018

Double Feature #09 Gabriele Rendina Cattani & Ilir Lluka 21.04.–02.06.2018

Double Feature #08 Marina Naprushkina & Ergin Zaloshnja 15.11.–30.12.2017

Double Feature #07 Donika Çina & Hanna Hildebrand 30.09.–04.11.2017

Double Feature #06 Sokol Peçi & Slobodan Stošić 29.04.–03.06.2017

Heroes We Love (End of Project) 04.03.–01.04.2017

Double Feature #05 Çeta Georgia Kotretsos, Pleurad Xhafa 03.12.2016 – 28.01.2017

Downside Up Arbër Elezi, Lori Lako, Igli Marion 28.09.–29.10.2016

TAL @ Vienna Contemporary Focus: Ex-Yugoslavia and Albania Lumturi Blloshmi, Aurora Kalemi, Alketa Ramaj 22.–25.09.2016

Double Feature #04 Nikolin Bujari & Nada Prlja 07.05.–04.06.2016

The Art of the Socialist Period between Contempt, Fetishism and Transition International Conference 29.–30.04.2016

Inside Out Fatlum Doçi, Aurora Kalemi, Mirjana Meçaj 05.03.–03.04.2016

Double Feature #03 Elton Baxhaku & Fabrizio Bellomo 29.10.–30.11.2015

Smoke. Biomechanics of Power Nico Angiuli 30.05.–05.07.2015

Double Feature #02 Alma Bakiaj & Viola Bittl 28.03.–02.05.2015

Heroes We Love Collaboration Project 01.01.2015 – 01.06.2017

Music/Arts #5 Continuum Antez 20.12.2014

Double Feature #01 Nemanja Cvijanović & Ibro Hasanović 13.12.2014 – 18.01.2015

Let Us Start In The Middle Effi & Amir 05.–21.09.2014

Music/Arts #4 Metamorphic Narratives Ilir Lluka 08.08.2014

100 km Art Tirana/Shkodra 23.09.2013

Foreign Body Leone Contini 15.–23.06.2013

Balkans Beyond Borders 2012 20.–22.09.2012

Who is afraid of the big, bad crisis? 12.–20.05.2012

Graphic, Novel Sketching W. G. Sebald in Pristina 11.–17.05.2012

Music/Arts #3 Tirana Trash Attila the Stockbroker 05.05.–05.06.2012

Music/Arts #2 Style as weapon 15.–17.12.2011

Music/Arts #1 Let’s Meet by the River Nertila Seferaj, Martin Fuchs, Tobias Donat 11.–12.10.2011

Pipifax – Through the Looking Glass and what we found there Haus am Gern 03.–12.06.2011

Monument Ginger Society Tirana Klara Schilliger & Valerian Maly 16.04.–31.05.2011

Albania–Germany: A Photographic Journey II 08.10.–28.06.2010

Albania – Germany: A Photographic Journey I 13.08.–05.09.2010

Squat The City 21.–23.05.2010

Performative Exhibition #2 Komuna e Parisit Revisited
 Rena Rädle & Vladan Jeremić 05.–12.10.2019

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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: October 5, 7 pm
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

Tirana Art Lab, for the last five years, was located at the ground floor of a five-floor domicile in the neighborhood Tiranë e Re next to the  street  named  Komuna e Parisit. Few or none of the inhabitants of this growing district are aware today of the historical connotation and importance related with the name Paris Commune. Therefore the second performative exhibition is developed under the title Komuna e Parisit Revisited and among other things aims at reflecting on the importance of the ideas of the Paris Commune and what it represents in the context of artistic, urban and social struggles.

The Paris Commune marks a historical instance of political subjectivization of the working class, at a time when new bourgeois art institutions as the academy and art salons flourished in Paris. Gustave Courbet was one amongst many cultural workers and artisans who solidarized with the communards and took over important functions in the 72 days lasting workers-led self-government of Paris. The practice of him and his fellow artists was an early example of the avant-garde principle that art and life needs to be brought in one, and that artists need to become a political subject on the side of the working class. Do these practices have any significance in contemporary Albania and other European peripheries and on which level could they be re-actualized? What kind of artistic practices can be relevant in the context of social movements?
The performative exhibition brings artistic practices by Rena Raedle & Vladan Jeremic and invited colleagues Valentina Bonizzi, Raino Isto, Filip Jovanovski and discusses the function and use value of an artwork within social surroundings, modes of participation and possibilities of artists’ organization. The exhibition is a work in progress that will undergo different changes and transformation through out the entire duration.

Performative Exhibition is a format initiated by Tirana Art Lab – Center for Contemporary Art with the intention to disclose exhibiting and to make public through performativity not only the process of artistic creation and curating, but also find ways to include in the exhibiting process the means of production behind and beyond the event itself. The concept of Performative Exhibition aims to find new ways of exhibiting and curating which break with the temporary / unique features of the contemporary art exhibition and propose enduring ways of working and being together.

Rena Raedle & Vladan Jeremic are Belgrade-based artists whose research-oriented work comprises drawing and text, video, photography, installation and intervention in public space. In their collaborative practice Rena & Vladan explore the relation between art and politics, unveiling the contradictions of today’s societies and developing transformative potentials of art in the context of social struggles. They engage with current debates and struggles in collaboration with social movements and disseminate their art works through reproduction in various media. They have recently exhibited at Brooklyn Museum, NY (AgitProp!, 2016); 56th October Salon, Belgrade (2016); Museum of Contemporary Art, Ljubljana (2016); EKKM, Tallinn (2016); District, Berlin (2017); Autrostrada Biennale, Prizren (2017); Politics of Dissonance in the framework of Manifesta 12, Palermo (2018); MMOMA, Moscow (2018); < rotor > within Steirischer Herbst, Graz (2018); Galleria del Progetto, Politecnico di Milano (2019); Intercultural Museum, Oslo (2019) and MoCA Skopje (2019).

PROGRAM

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.

Saturday 12th October 2019, 4-7 pm
Rena Raedle & Vladan Jeremic & Invited colleagues
Transformative Action: Komuna e Parisit Revisited

The transformative action will start at Tirana Art Lab and will end at the National Theater. The aim of the action is to move the objects that were made by Rena Raedle & Vladan Jeremic for the exhibition “Performative Exhibition #2 - Komuna e Parisit Revisited" to the theater and to transform them according to the needs of ongoing struggles against the privatisation of public space in Tirana.
We invite everyone to help move the objects to the theater and to reshape and transform them into tools for common use.

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