A solo show by Alban Hajdinaj
From January 10 to February 28, 2004
Alban Hajdinaj creates parallel worlds, fictions from a chaotic context: his generation and his country. His installations assemble objects, photos, videos and paintings: domestic objects (porcelains, figurines) are reactivated as ready-mades collaged together to generate narrative tension. Porcelain such as those used in Alban Hajdinaj’s work were considered during the communist regime as symbols of “bourgeoisie” and were kept secret. Since the 90’s, the process has been reversed: the same figurines, wildly popular now, are sold everywhere in Tirana. For the artist, recognizing the power of these objects is a way of understanding his society, increasingly populistic and fascinated by kitsch. These fictions, in which the figurines appear as silent if often violent, deconstruct a contemporary reality, in which the artist finds himself, while moving his subject toward political awareness. Contextual and formalistic shifts analyze a collective history, through a poetical and personal point of view. The dramatic characters carry the expression of desillusion facing a world which was supposed to be better.
For his first solo show at gb agency, Alban Hajdinaj will present a new whole of paintings and sculptures, as well as a new video work Eye to Eye