The Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, as a continuation of its residency-program series started in the previous years, provides the oportunity during Autumn 2017 for two resident artists to spend one month in Budapest. During the program’s length, Gentian Shkurti from Albania and Romi Avidan from Israel, besides encountering the local artistic scene, will have the possibility to prepare a site-specific project work.
The one-month period between September 16 and October 17 2017 allows them the opportunity to research, get inspired and create.
Gentian SHKURTI (Albania, 1977) studied Painting at the Academy of Arts in Tirana, Albania, where he later worked two years as associate professor. His works have been exhibited in several major institutions in Europe: Promesses du Passé / “Tirana Case”, Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, 2010; curator: Christine Macel), In The Gorges Of The Balkans. A Report, Fridericianum Museum (Kassel, 2003; curator: René Bloch), 54th Venice Biennale (Albanian Pavilion, curator: Riccardo Caldura). His works have also been displayed at the New York Chelsea Art Museum, the Ljubljana Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Kosovo, National Gallery of Tirana, as well as at the Vienna Sammlung Essl; Shkurti took part in the First Tirana Biennial (2001). He was one of the invited artists of the 2016 exhibition at Ludwig Museum titled The Whale that Was a Submarine – Contemporary Positions from Albania and Kosovo. His work Alice in Wonderland was since acquired by the Ludwig Stiftung’s Collection. He lives and works in Tirana.
Romi AVIDAN (Israel, 1990) finished her studies at the Department of Fine Art at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. At the moment, she mainly works as a photographer and a video artist, as well as a writer. Most of her artistic practice are text based: she offers a displacement of texts taken from the everyday in order to reveal their potential poetics through reconstruction and reduction.