Fani Zguro was born in 1977 in Tirana. Lives and works in Tirana, Milan and Berlin. Zguro was graduated at Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera in Milan (1998–2007). In 2007 he won the International Onufri Prize by National Gallery of Arts in Tirana; in 2016 the International Mulliqi Prize by the National Gallery of Kosovo in Prishtina and Best Video-Art by TIFF. Zguro was part of the program AiR 2017 at Q21 – Museumsquartier in Vienna. He has exhibited also at Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest, Musée des Civilisations
de l’Europe et de la Mediterranée Marseille, Filmoteca Espanola Madrid, Photo Museum Braunschweig, 2nd Tirana Biennale, 3rd Mardin Biennale, 4th Young
Artists Biennale of Bucharest, 5th Çanakkale Biennial, Ludwig Museum Budapest, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rijeka, Public Library New York and Centre Pompidou Paris.
2001 – 2017
Fani Zguro is an Albanian artist who explores various media: painting, drawing, installation, video and photography. In this presentation he selects a series of photographs made over a long period of time, from 2001 to 2017. They show various situations, from documentation of performances and site-specific installations to recent images that examine brutal urbanism and other fragments of everyday life. The series “Early Works” (2001-02) contains various photographic documentation of his first performances and installations, including interventions in public spaces. “Portraits” is part of a series with the same title, where the artist photographs portraits of his ´heroes´ (artists and curators), but using a flash in a dark setting that makes each figure impossible to recognize (kill your darlings). The same result happens in the photo “In a Blink of An Eye” (John Baldessari),” but through a different process, exploiting an error in a jpg file that gets destroyed during exportation.
A process very close to that of the series “Anarchy of Image,” where various frames are exported from the video “Anarchy,” completely destroyed, creating a new work. The series “Parallel Lives” (2017) documents certain architectural situations in the city of Athens, images that reproduce the etchings of Piranesi, ruins upon ruins, on their own. Other parallel images are seen in the case of the diptych of 2017, showing framed prints inside the interiors of an old, luckily forgotten house. The selection continues with the project “5 Editions,” a scanner error to reproduce the dark panorama of the space. “Fur” is a detail that focuses on a half-bearded subject, while “To Divide It” is the photograph of a cigarette, used by youngsters just getting started with drugs in the 1990s, sharing out everything among themselves, marked with a pen to create a series of tabs to keep everyone honest.
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