Driant Zeneli will represent Albania at the 58th edition of the international festival of Venice, which will take place between the 11 Maggio and the 24 Novembre next year, at the arsenal gardens of the Venetian capital.
The foundation of the Biennale, through its president Paolo Baratta, has announced that Ralf Rugoff will curate the exhibition of the XNUM Xth edition, entitled 'May You Live in Interesting Times'.
Driant Zeneli and Albania
Zeneli - born in Scutari in the 1983 and who lives and works between Tirana and Milan - will represent Albania with the project "Maybe the cosmos is not so extraordinary - perhaps the cosmos is not so extraordinary", edited by Alicia Knock of the Pompidou center of department of arts in Paris.
The title is inspired by the science fiction novel by the Albanian author Arion Hysenbegas "Drejt Epsilonit te Eridanit", published in 1983. The work of Driant Zeneli challenges the intellectual and physical limits, bringing to the stage unreal and ironic situations, sometimes even absurd.
Often Zeneli's work is identified with dreams, he plays with reason, while interacting with the public. In the center of the performative action, as in other works of the artist, the key concept is to redefine failure; a key moment to create a new alternative.
The career of Driant Zeneli
In 2008, Zeneli won the 'Onufri' award in Tirana and the following year the 'The Young European Artist Award'. He was the artistic director of 'Mediterranea 18', the 'Biennial' of young artists from Europe and the Mediterranean who was held for the first time in 2017 between Tirana and Durazzo. He is also one of the founders of the Harabel Contemporany Art Platform in Tirana.
His exhibitions have toured Europe: from Wales to France, passing through Turin, Leon in Spain, Karlsruhe in Germany and Prague in the Czech Republic. His curator, Alicia Knock, is working to expand even more, as in Africa and Central Europe.
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Driant Zeneli: the dream of Icarus was to make a cloud. Catalog of the exhibition held in Trieste from 24 October to 26 November 2009. Published on the occasion of the Young European Emerging Prize Contemporary Trieste 2009. Text in Italian and English. Illustrated in color.
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