Armando Lulaj, Albania

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Armando Lulaj born in 1980 in Albania is a writer of plays, texts on risk territory, film author, and producer of conflict images. He has no desire to subject to the context of local belonging—rather, he is orientated toward accentuating the border between economical power, fictional democracy and social disparity in a global context. Exhibitions include the Prague Biennial (2003; 2007), Tirana Biennial (2005), the Albanian Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennial (2007), 4th Gothenburg Biennale (2007), and the 6th Berlin Biennial (2010). His recent project NEVER was featured at the 63rd Berlinale International Film Festival in the section Forum Expanded.

With Public Delivery Exhibition Utopian Days, 2014

  • Armando Lulaj, Zhang Huan

Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea


About
Utopian Days – Freedom was an exhibition at one of Korea’s leading art museums

Spaces
Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea
Nowon Culture and Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea

Artists
Adel Abdessemed
Lida Abdul
Phil America
Ivan Argote
Chim↑Pom
Minerva Cuevas
Chto Delat?
Cyprien Gaillard
Yang-Ah Ham
Andre Hemer
Tehching Hsieh
Zhang Huan
Jani Leinonen
Klara Liden
Armando Lulaj
Matt McCormick
Filippo Minelli
Wang Qingsong
Andres Serrano
Manit Sriwanichpoom
Clemens von Wedemeyer
Kacey Wong
Xijing Men
He Yunchang

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Never, 2012 (excerpt)
22 min
Courtesy of: DebatikCenter Film Production
Paolo Maria Deanesi Gallery

Exhibited: Never, 2012

Until recently, one could still perceive the traces of a monumental inscription nearby the Albanian city of Berat: in the 1960s, the former dictator had commissioned the sketching of his first name, Enver, onto the surrounding mountains. With each letter measuring 150m in height, the gigantic ENVER remained visible even long after the end of the regime. After a failed attempt in the 1990s to eradicate the then nearly haunted inscription, the letters persisted – eventually giving rise to the project NEVER by Armando Lulaj.

In the summer of 2012, Lulaj succeeded to re-write the dictator’s former commission, however implementing a distinct alteration: ENVER became NEVER. In his documentary film of the same title, Lulaj offers a closer glimpse at his laborious re-dedication and the process of (un-) naming the recent past whilst in a sense re-enacting the historical incident. The NEVER-Chart, a diagram the artist developed to accompany the film, suggests further possible layers of meaning and intertwining discourses that encompass the work. How corruption relates to déjà-vu photography, courage to cannibalism, or land art to Lacan, are only some of the aspects, which will form the basis of a comprehensive publication currently in development at the Jan Van Eyck Akademie.

 



6min 38sec

Lulaj talks Never with Public Delivery (2014)

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