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Gallery70 is happy to present OAS2022 , III edition. The exhibition Open Art Space is a yearly juried open call by Gallery70 for young artists. The opening event will take place on Thursday, from 06:30 to 08:30 p.m. at Gallery70 in Rruga Abdi Toptani in presence of the young artists.
"Keep on painting and swimming in a free world
War. Pandemic. Climate change. Inflation. At the core of our time there is crisis. And in the midst of this crisis there are countries, cities and villages. There are people. There are swimming pools. There is space. There is care. There is love. There is art. There is a free world. There is a city called Tirana. A Gallery called Gallery70. An exhibition called „OAS 2022“. And there are pictures by three young and brave artists who confront this crisis each in her or his very own way. Each one of them with clear ideas. Each one of them with clear style. Each one of them with a decisive dedication towards life and art.
Erblina Karaliti from Prishtina, Kosovo. Kristanja Cene and Mario Shemaj both from Tirana, Albania. These are the three finalists of OAS 2022, Gallery70‘s open call for young artists. And this is their exhibtion.
What do we do in the middle of this crisis? What do we want? What do we paint?
Erblina Karaliti paints the crisis. She looks at it. She faces it. She brings us a series of pictures called 2055 in which she deals with the consequences of climate change. Will there be a winter in Albania in 2055? Will children still experience snowflakes falling from the sky? Will there be trees and flowers and insects? Or will there be just heat, destruction and eternal sunshine? Erblina aks questions like these within her pictures and wants to inspire people to think and act before the future acts on them.
Kristanja Cene presents a picture of her mother and a series of pastel paintings she made in Florida and in Albania. Quick improvisations on landscapes such as swimming pools in Florida or umbrellas and mountains in Albania. Celebrations of colour. Celebrations of chance. Celebrations of luck. Creations of beauty out of random moments of our everyday life. She says that what helps her create is purely
good luck and being in the right place at the right time. So let’s wish her lots of good luck! Keep on painting in a free world!
Mario Shemaj is a passionate painter and a passionate swimmer. He worked as a swimming instructor for many years and brings us a series of paintings in which he portrays what he loves. Swimming and nothing else. A homage on the art of swimming. A homage on swimming pools and swimmers. So what shall we do in the middle of this crisis? Oh yes, we swim. We keep on swimming. We keep on jumping into that water. We keep on learning and teaching how to swim in a free world." Alex Iwanov
About the curator
Alexander Iwanov works in the fields of performing, visual and
sound arts as an artist and curator. He grew up in Tyrol / Austria
with a bulgarian father and an austrian mother. He studied
Physical Theatre at the Accademia Teatro Dimitri in Verscio,
Switzerland. Before that he was living in Nicaragua where he
absolved his community service and in Colombia where he
started to practice and study theatre, dance and performance.
After his performing arts studies he worked as a performer and
theatremaker in Berlin, Brussels and Gent. 2019/2020 he
studied „Curating in the performing arts“ at the Paris Lodron
University Salzburg and at the LMU Munich. In 2020 he
receives the grant „Startstipendium for emerging cultural
managers“ and works as an assistant curator in Kunstraum
Innsbruck together with Ivana Marjanovic. He is currently
working in Innsbruck and Vienna as a freelance artist,
radiomaker and curator. He has received several grants and
scholarships for artistic and curatorial projects. Since 2021 he
studies electroacoustic and experimental music at mdw in Vienna
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