STRANGER THAN KINDNESS – MITRUSH KUTELI *
Curator Fani Zguro
Hamra Abbas, Klodiana Alia, Luca Bolognesi, Guri Bulovari, Erik Bünger, Kajsa Dahlberg, Nico Dockx, Jakup Ferri, Ulrika Ferm, Regina José Galindo, Rä di Martino, Dora Garcia, Manuela Garcia, Yllka Gjollesha, Khaled Hafez, Pablo Helguera, Dejan Kaludjerovic, Ilir Lluka, Edson Luli, Christopher Milne, Haroon Mirza, Museo Aero Solar, Bruno Muzzolini, Ferhat Özgür, Klodian Pasku, Steve Piccolo, Leonard Qylafi, Pipilotti Rist, Damien Roach, Karl Ingar Røys, Anri Sala, Tomas Saraceno, Mariette Schiltz and Bert Theis, Arjan Shehaj, Bert Theis, Josephine Turalba, Esmé Valk, Daniëlle Van Ark, Desmond Xhixha, Helidon Xhixha, Shingo Yoshida, Ergin Zaloshnja
22nd International Onufri Prize, National Gallery of Arts, Tirana
From December 15, 2016 until February 1, 2017
* … Ju e dini se gjoli është i madh, i thellë …
National Gallery of Arts in Tirana is proud to present the 22nd International Onufri Prize, “Stranger than Kindness – Mitrush Kuteli”, curated by the albanian artist Fani Zguro… with the support of The Ministry of Culture of Albania. The exhibition will occupy spaces of National Gallery of Arts and part of this show are also the special projects “Cinema” and “Taxi” (originates by Anri Sala’s “No Formula One No Cry – Taxi”). Inspired from the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds hit (Stranger than Kindness), this edition is dedicated to the Albanian writer Mitrush Kuteli (1907-1967). The exhibition will be open for the public from December 15, 2016 until February 1, 2017.
Fani Zguro was born in 1977 in Tirana. Lives and works in Berlin. Zguro studied at Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. In 2007 he won the International Onufri Prize organized by National Gallery of Arts in Tirana, in 2016 the International Mulliqi Prize organized by the National Gallery of Kosovo in Prishtina and Best Video-Art organized by TIFF. Zguro is part of the program Artists-in-residence at Q21, Museumsquartier for 2017 in Vienna. He has exhibited at Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest, Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Mediterranée Marseille, Filmoteca Espanola Madrid, Docva Careof Milan, 2nd Tirana Biennale, 3rd Mardin Biennale, 4th Young Artists Biennale of Bucharest, Ludwig Museum Budapest, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rijeka, Public Library New York and Centre Pompidou Paris.
Image: Helidon Xhixha, “Iceberg”, mirror polished stainless steel, 400×300×300cm, 2015, courtesy of the artist
Special thanks to Artan Shabani, Anri Sala, Helidon Xhixha, Mimi Kolaneci, Pipilotti Rist, Jakup Ferri, Videocompany.ch, Art-Agenda