Movable Art Colonies: Transforming Dying Towns into Art Residencies is a result and agent of a new type of cooperation between the existing art colonies and organizations in the Balkans.They combine the Balkan cultural heritage, nomadic Roma heritage and the European multimedia art model.
The purpose of the project is to incite and facilitate a direct exchange of ideas and experiences in the interdisciplinary and experimental art practice in the Balkans.
Moving colonies will meet the need of the contemporary artist to travel and work in different colonies in the region throughout the year. In addition, they will help both the artists and the audience to overcome restrictions imposed by national borders, and social and financial status.
The existing regional art colonies have a long tradition and have cost considerable funds to keep alive, hence their unquestionable significance. However, they come with restrictions which do not favor the contemporary artists’ creativity: They tend to focus on just one, mainly visual medium and typically take place once a year.
We found alternative sites and streams of artistic activity in the Balkan villages, on the cultural margins, where sometimes significant artistic individuality are formed.
Thus, two very dissimilar colonies –Terra from Kikinda and Jalovik Art Colony – became the nuclei of cooperation with the newly established residences in the villages of Babe (Serbia), Reževići (Montenegro) and Pentar (Albania). By converting two private residencies into permanent art residencies, we allow the artists longer stay and work in different places outside their original environment, which today is the prevailing mode of artistic creation. At the same time, we are shaping the future artistic collaboration between the institutions in Serbia, Montenegro and Albania.
MOVABLE COLONY BABE, SERBIA Aug. 22-Sept. 5, 2013
Silent Neighbors – regional land art colony
Curator: Valentina Koça (Zeta Center, Tirana, Albania)
Dealing with the topic of homeless people, the Transition’s biggest victims, the artists examined the position of those individuals, as well as their own – metaphorically, symbolically or materially. Nine artists from Slovenia, Croatia, Albania and Serbia explored the possibilities of multimedia.
THE LIST OF THE PARTICIPATION ARTISTS:
Rene Rusjan, Slovenia, Boshtjan Potokar, Slovenia, Eros Dibra, Albania, Vladimir Frelih, Croatia, Vukashin Shoc, Serbia, Jovan Babic Foske, Serbia, Costa Koci, Albania/Greece, Marko Mamuzic, France/Serbia, Goran Orge Nikolic, Serbia, Ivan Topalovic, Serbia,
The link of the catalog: http://issuu.com/zetagallery/docs/katalog_web_3__1_
The link of the video documentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8Chjm7ZDNU...
Group action of transporting Kosta’s Table and Three Chairs for the Homeless
Eros Dibra, Home, video
Kosta Koci, Homeless, fragment sculpture, metal
Working process, Kosta Koci and Supermario
EROS DIBRA, Albania
Born in 1991 in Shkodra. Dibra is currently a master student at the School of Multimedia (video and sound), University of Arts in Tirana. He paints and works in multimedia, and claims they are totally different. The topics of his deeply emotional and subtle works are light and love. He does not examine the home and the homeless as a physical phenomenon, but rather as an inner feeling, beyond time and space. He first appeared on the international scene with the installation made of dead leaves which he says resemble the homeless, and the video The Home, featuring Čoka, a bitch adopted from a kennel in the city of Zaječar.
COSTA KOÇI, ALBANIA/GREECE
BORN in 1963 in Tirana. In 1990 he moved to Greece, his parents’ country of birth, which becomes his second homeland.A free-lance artist in Greece and Albania for the past ten years, he’s had several solo and group exhibitions in Greece, Germany, Italy and Albania.
His strong reliance on painting and producing art promoted him into the good spirit of the residency right away. For his artwork he used the objects he found around him – nothing like the traditional oil on canvas landscape painting. Moving Koçi’s work Table And Three Chairs For the Homeless in a procession-like fashion to the village water spring was a joint effort by the entire art group.