RAI ARTE met with the Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama, at the Hotel Danieli in Venice on the occasion of the inauguration of the 57ma Biennale d'Arte, where he participates as an artist.
Edi Rama is also known for his aesthetic passion and his artistic vein. He became a teacher of painting at the Academy of Arts in Tirana and later made an artistic residency at the Cité Internationale des Artsof Paris, the city in which it will remain in political exile, to escape the difficult situation of the country. Returning to Albania to attend his father's funeral, he soon finds himself appointed as Minister of Culture, a commitment that takes place from the 1998 to the 2000. Strong of this experience in the 2000 is elected mayor of Tirana, and thanks to a series of initiatives aimed at instilling a feeling of pride and civic belonging, it maintains this role for three consecutive terms until 2011.
His projects to redevelop the urban fabric and public spaces heal the rift between citizens and state authority in the aftermath of the fall of the Albanian communist regime. Rama involves some artists - including Olafur Eliasson and Anri Sala - in the transformation of the gray buildings of the communist era, animating the entire capital and its architecture with colors, as if to underline the opening of the new government towards new horizons.
To the fight against illegal building, he added interest to the environment, with the project Green, which led to the creation of 96.700 square meters of green land and the planting of around 1.800 trees in Tirana, receiving an award from Kofi Annan at the United Nations on the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Poverty in 2002.
For years Secretary of the Socialist Party, becomes Prime Minister in the 2013. Inside the government building opened the Center for Openness and Dialogue, a real public cultural center that once again manifests its democratic vision of art, as a free expression of thought.
The art of the Premier emerges also during his political activity: his desk in the government's office is full of markers and pencils of all the colors he uses to draw his Doodles, literal translation for scribbles. Thus, while carrying out his duties as a politician, his agenda or sometimes even some official document becomes a canvas for automatic drawings instinctive, how muchécriture automatique of the surrealists.
Rama's ability to give free rein to creativity is accentuated in the rare moments when the Prime Minister finds time to go to a friend's atelier to make ceramic sculptures, a three-dimensional transposition of the scribbles, as the artist himself defines them.
Christine Macel, struck by the exuberant artistic vocation of the Prime Minister, invited him to participate in VIVA ARTE VIVA, title chosen by you for its 2017 edition of Venice Art Biennale, where Edi Rama presents a selection of his creations in the form of a wallpaper, in dialogue with the artistic workshop of Olafur Eliasson, due to the clear affinity between the two artists in the field of ecology and the fight against poverty.
The filming of Edi Rama at work in his studio comes from the video Edi Rama created for the Venice Biennale of Art 2017 of Blerta Kambo. The complete video is visible on the biennial site .
"“, The episode of the EstOvest section of Rai Tre of 20 October 2013. Interview with Edi Rama
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