4 April  > 31 May  2019


Alban Hajdinaj
Reenacted Realism

4 April > 31 May 2019
Vernisage: Thursday 4 April between 18:00-20:00 Gallery70 Contemporary Art
Toptani Shopping Center, Kati 0

Foto: Reenacted realism, acrylic on color paper, 50X35 cm, 2015


“Reenacted Realism” is a series of small acrylic paintings on colored paper. The images are details fragmented from photographs taken at historical reenactments, the kind that seldom happen throughout the world, but naturally more often in the west, at anniversaries. These events that pretend to replay a historical moment are a kind of performance or theatre that has no other script but that of repeating that which has happened years or centuries ago. Seen as anachronic or quixotic scenes, they contain a pictorial potential not only because painting (especially figurative painting) appears just as anachronistic in front of new media in visual art, but also because an important genre of painting was the historical one, which professed the recounting of grand historical narratives or their importation from antiquity. This series of works aims to somehow recycle figurative painting and the historical tableau, which has a long tradition in Albanian art of the 20th century. Regardless, it seeks to bring forth
the politicization and its productive filters as much as its consumerist or entertainment features that the process through which it takes form makes apparent
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Alban Hajdinaj (albanian, born 1974) studied graphics at the Academy of Arts in Tirana Albania. Worked as researcher at the National Gallery of Arts in Tirana Albania. His works have been exhibitied at Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art (Budapest), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), International Studio & Curatorial Program, (New York) Mart, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, (Trento and Rovereto) Haus der Kulturen der Welt, (Berlin) 52nd Venice Biennale, (Albanian Pavillion) Chelsea Art Museum, (New York) Moderna Galerija (Lubljana) National Gallery of Kosovo, National Gallery of Arts (Tirana) Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg (Viena) Manifesta 4” (Frankfurt/Mein) IFA Gallery (Berlin /Bon) and Tirana Biennale 1. He lives in Tirana (Albania).


Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris (Centre George Pompidou)
Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest
Peter und Irene Ludwig Foundation
National Gallery of Arts, Tirana
FMAC Paris, Zabludowicz Collection London
Kadist Foundation Paris



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