Albania is also present at the Venice Biennale in the Architecture section, which arrived at the 12 edition. From the 29 August to the 21 November, visiting the Albanian pavilion "Beyond Color" at the Artiglieri of the Arsenale, you can admire possible and futuristic scenarios of the Tirana of tomorrow, proposed by Albanian and foreign architects and artists.
Tirana for the curators, Gjergj Bakalbashi, Enida Mitro and Egest Gjinali, is the example and the emblematic case of the urban and territorial transformations that are taking place in Albania. The title of the Albanian Pavilion "Beyond Color" refers to that bohemian renewal grafted to the early years of the current century by the mayor of the capital Edi Rama. Rama, a politician and at the same time an artist, has identified in the color, used by artists and architects, the element of transformation of the urban image of a Tirana that in a few years, following the bursting of the market economy, has seen its number of inhabitants grow from around 200.000 to almost 1 million and a half. In a scenario that is very populated, polluted and arrogantly cemented, architects and artists (Albanians resident in Albania, the diaspora and foreigners) have ventured on the occasion of the renowned Venice Biennale. The professionals involved in the Albanian pavilion have therefore tried to predict, or rather hypothesized, possible and future scenarios of the transformations for Tirana that could allow the overcoming of this so-colored phase.
Some examples of scenarios for the capital of the future
The professionals of art and architecture to overcome this convulsive phase propose solutions of renewal and transformation through a series of punctual interventions on public space. The proposal by Svetlana Boym and Gjergj Bakallbashi gives a touch of "Art Nouveau" to the capital of the future. The "Singing Birds" (2010) project by Zeinab Aghamahdi and Egest Gjinali transforms what remains of the railway station, set by the fascist regime in Albania towards the end of the 30 years in a meeting place where plants, birds and citizens of the surrounding informal areas. We then continue with the 15 posters entitled "Tirana Wonderland: a techno-botanical menagerie" (2010) of the GA / C study, which celebrate change through a mix of natural and artificial. Instead the other project "Tirana: Filling the gaps" by Edgar Sarli and Tamar Loeb uses urban agriculture to respond to the gaps and the formation of new social spaces.
The card of the Albanian pavilion "Beyond Color"12th INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITION - THE VENICE BIENNALE: People Meet In Architecture, Director: Kazuyo SejimaSede: Arsenale Artiglierie, Venice Commissioner: Albanian Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and SportCurator: Gjergj BakallbashiCurators: Enida Mitro, Egest GjinaliContributes: Hashim Sarkis Studios, Harvard UniversitySvetlana Boym, Professor, Harvard UniversityEve Blau, Professor, Harvard UniversityGareth Doherty, PublisherNew Geographies, a publication of Harvard University Press, Issue 3Peter Voit, Transsolar, New YorkZeinab Aghamah, Architect, GenevaYutaka Sho + GAC General ArchitectureAlexander C. Häusler and Silvia Benedetto, OFICINAAEdgar Sarli and Tamar Loeb, Miami / BaselNikolay Nedev | NC - office | architecture / urbanism, MiamiHelidon Gjergji, Artist, New YorkMaks Velo, Artist / Architect, TiranaArmand Vokshi, AVATELIER, TiranaLuciano Bojaxhiu, Institute of Preservation of Historic Monuments, TiranaDritan Zajmi, Artist, GenevaVirginia Studio, TiranaDritan Mesareja, Artist, Tirana Kostandini, Artist, Tirana Paul Cohn, Tirana
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