I look at them They look back at me

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Solo show – Private Print Studio – Skopje – North Macedonia  /  22.06-19.07.2019

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http://privateprint.mk/en/events/20-i-look-at-them-they-look-back-at-me

The exhibition titled “I look at them, they look back at me” by the Albanian artist Ledia Kostandini at PrivatePrint Studio, brings together a series of mixed media works which unfold impressions, mind images and metaphors of the balcony and the life therein. The concept builds from there to examine the relation between private and public through the works themselves and through their positioning in both the indoor and outdoor spaces of the Studio. This way, the exhibition inherently connects with the practice of PrivatePrint Studio itself, where the borders between the private and public intertwine and are always redefined.

Photos by Zoran Shekerov

Private View

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“Private View”

site specific intervention, part of the solo exhibition “I look at them They look back at me” – Skopje, 2019

“The exhibition extends outside, to the Studio’s terrace, with a site-specific intervention – a writing that becomes a traffic sign that draws the visitors’ attention on the landscape as an infinite borderline of the exhibition. It recalls the temporary exclusivity of the view when visiting the exhibition. Instantly, the writing speculates on spatial belongings. And with this, the audience is guided, through their interaction with the works, to re-think the wider concept of private vs. public. Where is the limit to our possession? Whose private view are we part of?”

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Incube

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

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.

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.