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How do we push the boundaries of our limitations without becoming superheroes? Can the realm of the possible be balanced with the one of the imaginary? Driant Zeneli’s whole research has the goal of challenging physical and intellectual’s limits by staging ironic and dreamlike situations, sometimes absurd. He explores the importance of some performative attempts through his personal involvement or through someone else’s participation. In his work the aim of redefining the idea of failure, utopia and dream -as foundational moments for building a possible alternative -is at the core of these actions as well as of other works that investigate how art can intervene on didactic practice and possibly redefine it.

Bio Driant Zeneli (1983, Shkoder, Albania), lives between Milan and Tirana. In 2011 he represented Albania at the 54th International Art Exhibition – Venice Biennale. In 2008 he won the Onufri International Contemporary Art Prize, Tirana, in 2009 the Young European Artist Award Trieste Contemporanea and in 2017 MOROSO Prize, Italy. He was the artistic director of Mediterranea 18, the Young Artists Biennale from Europe and Mediterranean, taking place for the first time in 2017 between Tirana and Durres. He is co-founder of Harabel Contemporary Art Platform in Tirana. He has exhibited at: Passerelle, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Brest, (2018); Mostyn Gallery, Wales, UK; MuCEM, Marseille, (2016); Academie de France à Roma Villa Medici, (2016); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2016); MSFAU Tophane-i Aime, Istanbul, (2016); Prometeogallery di Ida Pisani, Milan (2015; 2010); IV Bienal del Fin del Mundo, Chile (2015); Viafarini, Milan (2014); GAM, Museum of Modern and Contemporaryart Turin (2013); White House Biennial, Athens (2013); KCCC, Klaipeda, Lithuania (2013); ZKM, Karlsruhe (2012); MUSAC, Castilla León. Spain, (2012); TICA, Tirana (2012); Prague Biennale 5, Prague (2011); 98 weeks Project Space, Beirut (2011); Trongate 103, Glasgow (2011); National Gallery of Kosove, Prishtine (2010); Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genoa (2009); National Gallery of Tirana, (2008).

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