“Where I Feel, There I Am”: An Intimate Exhibition on Family and Sexuality

“Where I Feel, There I Am”: An Intimate Exhibition on Family and Sexuality

Miza Galeri, housed in a basement on Gjon Buzuku Road, is the only artist-run space in Tirana. Since 2012, it has hosted independently curated exhibitions of young artists from Albania, Kosovo, and other countries. The small gallery, run by Endri Dani, Blerta Hocia, Olson Lamaj, and Remijon Pronja, has a vital role in the fragile ecosystem […]

And Find a Rope Hanging There: Onufri XXII – Stranger Than Kindness

And Find a Rope Hanging There: Onufri XXII – Stranger Than Kindness

A Syrian prologue The announcement poster of Onufri XXII, the annual international art prize named after the 16th-century icon painter that is one of the last, dwindling remainders of Edi Rama’s short stint as Minister of Culture at the beginning of his political career, features a work of Helidon Xhixha, “Iceberg.” The “Iceberg” was part of […]

A Response to Carlo Bollino’s “Defense” of Bunk’Art 2

A Response to Carlo Bollino’s “Defense” of Bunk’Art 2

In a long article in his own newspaper Shqiptarja, Italian journalist Carlo Bollino was kind enough to respond to my review of Bunk’Art 2, published here at Exit on November 21. In his response, Bollino referred to me as “the Dutch collaborator” of Democratic Party newspaper Rilindja Demokratike. Apart from the ironic fact that “collaborator” […]

Bunk’Art 2: A Nuclear Attack on Meaning

Bunk’Art 2: A Nuclear Attack on Meaning

A fake bunker On November 19, Prime Minister Edi Rama, Minister of Interior Affairs Saimir Tahiri, and media entrepreneur Carlo Bollino opened Bunk’Art 2, an exhibition space managed by the latter one. According to Rama, Bunk’Art 2 is “the first memorial, until today conceptualized and built on the foundations dedicated to the remembrance with mind, heart, and eyes […]

Erzen Shkololli’s “Just Hanging Around”: A Place Beyond Belief?

Erzen Shkololli’s “Just Hanging Around”: A Place Beyond Belief?

After two seasons in which the Center for Openness and Dialogue (COD), the exhibition venue at the Office of the Prime Minister (Kryeministria), basically operated without any curatorial direction, Erzen Shkololli was recently announced as curator for the third season at COD. His first exhibition, entitled “Just Hanging Around,” opened a few weeks ago on […]