Alban Muja, (b. 1980 in Mitrovica, Kosovo) is a visual artist and filmmaker working across mediums and dimensions in order to explore and, oftentimes, further explicate the social, cultural, political, and quotidian complexities of modern life. Often inspired by unanticipated discoveries in his daily life, and influenced by the transformation processes in the wider surrounding region, he investigates history, customs, and socio-political themes and links them to his position in Kosovo today.
Muja’s artistic position is in a way very specific since it reflects and comments on contemporary society and its burdens within a geo–political context. His artworks are permeated with the bitterness of the geopolitical, social and artistic system, which is communicated by individual artistic acts – some ironic, some intimate but always critical.
Take for example his artwork Tonys, a photograph of nine Kosovar boys, named Tony, dressed like Tony Blair, against a backdrop with Tony Blair’s face. All nine boys were born in 1999, the year their country gained its independence, which many attribute to UK’s Prime Minister’s conviction to help Kosovo safely re-gain its authority to exercise its national identity.
Muja’s work covers a wide range of media including video installation, short films, documentary films, drawings, paintings and performances, and has been extensively exhibited internationally.