ARDHJE Award 2016
Selected artists: Donika Çina, Lek M. Gjeloshi, Matilda Odobashi, Driant Zeneli
Ardhje juries, composed by Janka Vukmir, Elsa Demo and Albert Heta, had difficulties to chosen the winner between the 4 finalists.
The winner is Lek M. Gjeloshi, a promising artist, whom artworks express a determined research, an intensity represented through delicate images. An energy that stimulate to a better understanding of the today human being.
Helidon Gjergji and Stefano Romano were the curator for the short list selection.
Donika Çina begins her search with personal stories. Through the use of different means of expression, the artist examines her internal world, transforming it into a universe that is open to all.
Driant Zeneli concentrates mostly on re-defining notions of failure, utopias and dreams. His videos and performances are based on and/or create stories with a vintage feel to them. These works, in turn, provide viewers the opportunity to reflect on superhuman efforts without being required to transform into mythological heroes.
Lek Gjeloshi focuses on the delicate and almost imperceptible space located between the void of nothingness and the high demands on ourselves or the individual, in general. He sheds lights on the fact that the separation between these two opposing stances is enabled by a simple mental "key" which,depending on an on/off position, changes our attitude towards society and the world from the emptiness of absolute denial to the infinite opportunities present in a promise.
Matilda Odobashi focuses on the appearance of reality as perceived by the eyes of a child. This view from the eyes of a child- i.e.from “below”- is placed in a short circuit with the reality constructed by adults – i.e. from "above". The artist achieves the representation of this contradictory relationship in simple installations where the viewer, at first, experiences a moment of awe followed by the confrontation with the country’s harsh social situation.
Special thanks to Zeta Gallery for its generous support to the final event.
The Jury members and artists.
The jury members and the curator.
Lek Gjeloshi, video
Donika Çina, video instalation
Matilda Odobashi, work on paper