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This Zine is part of a project called PAPERWORKS, initiated by Private Print which is an art book publisher from Skopje.

#PAPERWORKS is a new zine collector’s edition by Private Print that includes designs of a zine in an unified A3 format. Every zine will be an original design in collaboration with an artist from Macedonia or abroad, with the goal to be a medium for their promotion and support. Every zine will numerated, with limited circulation 50 copies and will be published occasionally during the year.
We start our first promotional series with three artists: Ledia Kostandini (Albania), Nikola Radulovikj (Macedonia) and Ana Jovanovska (Macedonia). The edition will have its promotion at the fair of contemporary art Paratissima Skopje (15-17 June, YCC-Skopje).”

 

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‘artist talk’

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A presentation of the book “Zing City” seen on two perspectives, by its author Ledia Kostandini and the publisher Rita Petro. In this context it will be discussed about the city as a generator of different impressions in terms of aesthetics and feelings. Ledia Kostandini will develop an artist talk about several previous projects which stand on the same conceptual line.
This presentation will be in albanian.

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Një prezantim i librit “Zing City” përmes dy këndvështrimeve; nga autorja e tij Ledia Kostandini dhe botuesja Rita Petro. Në këtë kontekst do të flitet për qytetin si gjenerator i përshtypjeve të ndryshme në aspektin estetik dhe emocional. Ledia Kostandini do të zhvillojë një ‘artist talk’ rreth disa projekteve paraprirëse mbi të njëjtën linjë konceptuale.
Prezantimi do të jetë në shqip.

Pompidou – Metz

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Great News coming from Centre Pompidou Metz :

#ZINGCITY travels to Briey, France.
It will be part of the Documentary and Interactive space of the (off-wall) exhibition “Le Corbusier et Léger. #Visionspolychromes“, curated by Elia Biezunski & Anne Horvath, in dialogue with the retrospective “Fernand Léger. Le Beau est partout” in #CentrePompidouMetz.
For those who happen to be in Briey-la-fôret from May 20th to September 24th >>>
Take the chance to color the book at the Interactive space of the exhibition and visit this impressive place.

fig 1 – Façade Polychrome de “La Cité Radieuse” Le Corbusier de Briey en Forêt © Photo Pascal Volpez © F.L.C. / ADAGP, Paris, 2017

fig.2 “Overland flight” Illustration, part of the book “Zing City” 2017

 

 

A new book in Tirana

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I am very happy to see my book finalized and ready to make its life into bookstores, homes, offices, bars and wherever it might be given love and attention. I wish it might be a nice experience to each one that will color it and get to know an enthusiastic city, the Zing City.   This is a book for grown ups because I believe that coloring is an ageless form of expression and entertainment.

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The project is part of “Bunkart 2” in Tirana. Photo credit: E. Berxolli

Paperwalls

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It started out of some outdated wallpaper catalogs. The work consists in several individual pieces that fit to one another without any particular order and can be extended infinitely.Window prints, wallpaper textures, paint, cardboard, etc, are used to create some sort of “leaflets”.

Interior walls reveal their accurate patterned coziness, while the facade competes using windows as its decorative pattern. It’s a moment of confrontation between two different sides of a single structure. There is a spatial cohabitation with shifting spaces, folded walls and superposed windows.

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“Paperwalls” at Kalo Gallery untill March 19, 2017. Part of the group expo “Power of grace”.

Blockwork

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“Blockwok” is a project that consists in cutting and transferring parts of the urban architecture into other contexts.
Different structures or elements which are usually extracted from informal parts of buildings, turn into construction blocks.
I practically paste on wall printed photographic images almost in real dimension. Then it gets developed as a wall painting which may better be called a graphic translation of concrete material.

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Displacing certain bizarre structures from the urban environment to other context is a way to single them out and look them from a closer distance. “Blockwork” occupies a wall or a space in order to establish a different approach on the urban landscape which is representing the aesthetics of the informal urbanism.

“Blockwork” project was exhibited at “Tulla Culture Center”-Tirana, on May 2016.

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Exhibition text Blockwork by Annika Hirsekorn

Domino Effect

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These concrete blocks, looking so much alike the Berlin wall parts were used in Albania to build silage storage during agriculture collectivism. Nowadays, they belong to no one.
They seem monuments dedicated to “public property”.
The intervention is like a signature, transforming a futile thing into a provocative object.

Below, you may watch a you-tube video, extracted from Vizion+ Channel news. This video speaks about this urban art-piece and  about people’s feedback latter on.

 

The work got exhibited in Berlin, on November 2015 at Neurotitan Gallery. Click here to get more info about the exhibition.

When I look into the mirror

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“When I look into the mirror is an ongoing series of photographs which deals with ambivalence and cohabitation. I place a square mirror in front of different backgrounds, chasing ambiguous situations. The reflected image obviously corresponds to what’s on the backside of the photographer. Still, the mirror view is invited to play the main part in the final composition. Juxtaposing two opposed sides in a single image is a trick I use to visualize the space around me.

The photographs have been shown at the Art Market Budapest on October 2015, at ZetaGallery exhibitor.

Recent scent

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This is a temporary intervention inside a former restaurant called “Oktapodi”. 30 years ago, this building was a state property. It has been the favorite dinning place in town during the 80’es. Now, completely amortized, the building changed its purpose 100%. Returning to childhood memories, the artist uses special dough to cook and bake 100 shit-looking pieces. After carrying them to the place, the artist spreads them on pavement among real stinky shit pieces.