Netherlands / Albania, 2016
Single channel video installation and screening video
HD, 16:9, colour, stereo, 30 min.
Rruga is part of the Street vendors: Medellín, Tirana, Johannesburg, Yogyakarta.
Rruga is the second film of the series about micro economy and resourcefulness in urban public space, and plays in the streets of the Albanian capital Tirana in Southeastern Europe. Like the first film Jalan (2015) the Tirana episode describes a fictional day. Every day street stalls are being rebuilt and taken down, kiosks are opened and closed, vendors stroll the streets finding clients. Unintentional compositions, colors, forms and repetitive qualities remind of installations or performance art. The audience gets to know the daily routine in Tirana through repetitive activities without explanation nor dialogue. The rhythm of the film follows the rhythm of the day.
I researched and filmed Rruga during my artist-in-residence at the Tirana Institute of Contemporary Art (TICA) in May-June 2016. The residency was supported by Mondriaan Fonds.
Stefano Romano, the curator of TICA, assisted me in the research. Back in Amsterdam I edited Rruga myself, supervised by Vava Stojadinovic who edited Jalan. The soundtrack was composed by Erik Spanjers.
Next to filming Rruga I collaborated with one of the street sellers, flower seller Valbona, to realise the installation At the corner for the final show of the residency at ZETA Gallery in Tirana in June 2016. Later in 2016 and in 2017 I went back to show and exhibit Rruga in Albania.
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Screenings and exhibitions:
2017 Embassy of the Netherlands in Albania, Tirana
2017 Group exhibition Plateaukunst, Margraten, curated by collector Wanda Reiff
2017 Urban Cinematics, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Rotterdam
2017 Research workshop, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Pristina
2016 Solo exhibition Rruga, Albanian Embassy Art Gallery, Den Haag
2016 Group exhibition AIRLAB, Miza Gallery, Tirana, curated by Stefano Romano
2016 Centre for Openness and Dialogue, Tirana, curated by Valentina Bonizzi
2016 Polis University, Tirana
2016 Reja, Tirana
2016 European Mobility Week, Shkodër