TONYS / Image courtesy the artist
Artist Talk

Kosova: Beyond The Name

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Albanian Institute presents Artist Talk Lecture Series with visual artist Alban MUJA in conversation with curator Colin HUERTER.

Alban’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, one of his artworks titled Tonys, a photograph of nine Kosovar boys, named Tony or Tonyblair, dressed like Tony Blair, against a back drop with Tony Blair’s face. All nine boys were born in 1999, the year their country gained its independence, which many attribute to England’s Prime Minister’s conviction to help Kosovo safely re-gain its authority to exercise its national identity. This piece makes one ponder over Kosovo’s history prior to 1999 but also reflect on its new history being made by introducing non-Albanian names to their national identity.

Artist Talk: Alban Muja in conversation with Colin Huerter. — New York City, September 30, 2015. Photo by Jordi Rubio.

Alban Muja, born 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, economic, 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.

Colin Huerter, a curatorial expert on the emerging international art scene, is a New York-based lecturer, advisor, curator, currently a director of RH Contemporary Art Gallery in Chelsea. 

Albanian Institute is a multi-arts and cultural institution supporting, producing, and presenting the full spectrum of performing arts, visual arts, and contemporary culture. Programs range from music to literature, film to theatre and dance, visual arts, to architecture, design and fashion, in addition to talks and lecture series, with collaborations across these disciplines and others, in the US and around the world. 


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Albanian Institute New York

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Players — Great Hall

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

16 Gramercy Park S. New York, NY.

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The Arbëreshë people, also known as Italo-Albanian or Arbëreshët e Italisë, are the descendants of the Albanian who fled to Italy between the 14th and 18th centuries as a consequence of the Ottoman invasion of the Balkans.