In a few days Edi Rama - as announced by the Albanian media - will hold a solo show in Germany, in Berlin. For the first time, the Albanian premier will exhibit his sculptures 'Work' in the gallery Carlier / Gebauer in Berlin.
The exhibition will open on January 26 and will be open until March 9. It will include a series of new designs, created quickly during a phone call or a business meeting, as well as ceramic sculptures.
For the well-known curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Rama does not see art as a luxury but as a fundamental element of our life:
"Art is not separated from politics, but lives with it. ”- states the curator.
In the press release, the Carlier / Gebauer gallery highlights the commitment of the artist Rama - during his appointment as mayor of Tirana - in redesigning the facades of the block of communist buildings. An act that he would call a political action in color. In the video 'Give me the colors'with his collaborator Anri Sala, the entire political journey through the colors of Tirana is clearly shown.
The press release of the Gallery
The German press release highlights how one of his first actions, once he was appointed prime minister, was to establish the center for openness and dialogue on the first floor of the ministerial building.
This center - which presents a digital archive and an exhibition library - has turned into a laboratory that carries out activities in various fields of art.
"One floor up, in Rama's office, his desk looks like a brightly colored container. All his drawings are created during working hours: while he presides over conferences or during telephone meetings.
Made in an environment of state power, these drawings function as a form of psychic liberation and can be read as an abstract diary of political life. ”- reads the release.
Of particular interest in this exhibition will be the first absolute presentation of the artist's sculptures. Created over the weekend, these sculptural works look like three-dimensional explosive drawings.
In the past, the current premier of the Land of Eagles had already participated in other exhibitions: the Sao Paolo Biennale (1994), Haus der Kunst, Mynish (2004), Qendra Pompidou, Paris (2010), Musée D'Art contemporain de Montréal (2011), Marrakesh Biennial, Morocco (2015), The New Museum, New York (2016), Venice Biennale (2017).
Moreover, the former mayor of Tirana has also published the book in Italian Kurban: sacrifice (Rubbettino Editore), an autobiographical-political reflection on the eleven years that saw Edi Rama mayor of Tirana. A text written the day after his burning defeat for the renewal of the mandate and the start of the electoral campaign that led him to be prime minister.
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