The Column, 2013
“The Column came out of a story I heard from a friend of mine, a restorer, who needed a new marble sculpture for a castle he was restoring. Somebody told him that it could be done in China, because they have good marble, good craftsmen, cheap labour, and they can be quick because they can actually do the work while the marble is being transported by boat. I found it terrific. It sounded so weird, simultaneously sick and fabulous, something mythological and at the same time in keeping with the capitalistic logic of profit—merging the time of production with the time of transport. [...] There is in this project a coexistence of something conflictual and something fabulous, something real and something fictional. [...] There is a storytelling structure, and the chronicle of real facts mixes with legend and fairytale. Of course, one of the elements that I found stimulating with The Column was the production of a classical Western column model by a group of Asian workers on a voyage towards Europe. As you said, it is in a sense, for the column, a kind of ‘homecoming’.”
(1969, Shkodër, Albanie) vit et travaille à Milan.
Il étudie les beaux arts à l’University of Arts de Tirana. En 1999, il représente son pays à la Biennale de Venise et, depuis 2005, son travail fait l’objet de nombreuses expositions personnelles au Kunsthaus de Zurich, au Centre d’art contemporain de Tel Aviv et au Bloomberg Space à Londres notamment. Il participe également à plusieurs expositions collectives : Manifesta3 à Ljubljana (2000), Biennale de Venise (2005), Tate Modern de Londres (2008), Maxxi de Rome, Biennales de Lyon et de La Havane (2011).
Courtesy the artist, kaufmann&repetto, Milano and Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich