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CURRENT EVENT

RUOHONG WU &
JOSÉ QUINTANAR
THIS WAS A PROJECT BUT
WE HAVE FORGOTTEN
WHAT IT WAS

26/01/2024 > 23/02/2024

 
 

 

 

BORG 2016
ARTS FESTIVAL
 
03/09/16,
08/09/16 > 11/09/16, 12-6pm

04/09/16 12-7pm

PARAROJA
ZINES FROM ALBANIA

27/10/2023 > 30/11/202
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AMINA SAADI
VERSAILLES CITY

 
04.09.16, 12-7pm

PARAROJA

PARAROJA

ZINES FROM ALBANIA

27/10/2023 > 30/11/2023

open on

BORGER, 27/10/2023 6 to 9 pm

or by appointment

 

Pararoja is an independent publishing house founded in 2020 by Olson Lamaj to promote visual artists' stories in the form of fanzines. Each magazine issue is dedicated to a contemporary artist who shares an investigation of a particular visual history. Pararoja's zines are made in limited quantities and printed as black and white photocopies. 
The project aims to explore the alternative editorial possibilities offered by artist's books, fanzines, posters, and other self-produced art materials.

ZINES

1.
LET’S PRETEND THIS HOUSE IS NOT ON FIRE
by Driton Selmani, 2020


The images, illustrations, and writings in this zine summarize Driton’s personal notes during the period of ‘lockdown’. This work is strongly connected to the project he made for Manifesta 14, Love Letters (2018–ongoing), a series of aphorisms rendered on flattened plastic bags. ‘I wish you were a plastic bag, so you could be eternal’ appears in black marker on one; ‘let’s pretend this is not a house on fire’ on another. These philosophical, poetic, and political snippets, taken from the artist’s notebooks, are reminiscent of Jenny Holzer’s large-scale, text-based works, such as Survival.

Kosovar artist Driton Selmani has developed a practice rooted in local interventions with works like Utopia, The Place that Doesn’t Exist, 2009 (in which he replaced ‘Prishtina’ with ‘Utopia’ on a motorway sign) and God’s Sake, 2008 (in which he covered a statue of Mother Teresa with a chador-esque black cloth).


2.
Q. ESCAPING PLANS
by Ledia Kostandini, 2020


With her drawings, Ledia Kostandini aimed to illustrate a plan to escape the
pandemic by transforming her home environment into an individual microcosm.

In her work – photography, paintings, and installations with mixed media objects – Ledia Kostandini takes an ironic approach to national events by juxtaposing cultural and social icons. Influenced by her country’s communist past and its threat of violence, Ledia analyzes the power of images and how they function within varied ideological systems.


3.
STAGE SIEGE
by Blerta Hoçia, 2020


Blerta Hoçia reflects on the consequences of the pandemic in Albania, from the quarantine of the population to the state of siege, where, as a result, basic human rights were significantly reduced. Her zine tells the story of one night, May 17, 2020, the demolition of the National Theater and police violence against citizens, artists, and activists.

Blerta Hoçia is an artist and independent curator. She mainly works with the mediums of photography, video, and installation. She was co-founder of Miza Gallery, an artist-run space in Tirana, and was the Head of the Conservation and Management of the Archive at the Marubi National Museum Of Photography in Albania. She currently lives and works in Pristina, where she is part of
Foundation 17, a collective that fosters cultural activism.


4.
HUNTINGAMES
by La Société Spectrale, 2021


1. La Société Spectrale is an open collective of artists that has emerged out of the Debatik Center of Contemporary Art.

2. The vast majority of the art produced in Albania in the last three decades, but especially during the last seven/eight years, has almost programmatically avoided antagonism, which underlies society but also the relationship of the individual with the state.

3. La Société Spectrale chose to document sites and events such as the Astiri protest, the River Bank protest, the miners’ protest, the National Theatre protest, or the June 30, 2019 election process precisely because they were sites and events where antagonism was significantly heightened.

4. During the filming of HUNTINGAMES, La Société Spectrale used a stealth camera, the type used to hunt wild animals but also study them.

5. In the HUNTINGAMES film series, La Société Spectrale has tried to trace and capture the existence of an energy which, in a still unimaginable future, could be transformed into a spark that has the potential to overturn the status quo itself.


5.
ADNAN SAY YES
by Atdhe Mulla, 2022


Adnan Say Yes! by Atdhe Mulla compiles a series of photographs collected
during an online campaign by the Albanian community to persuade Adnan Januzaj, a young and talented footballer, to play for the Albanian national team in 2013. The images demonstrate how fans used photography and other visual media to support their cause and promote their team. Adnan Say Yes! is an example of how the medium of photography can be used in a time of worldwide sharing and the challenges and opportunities that this provides for the expansion of creativity.

 

 

6.

HOUSING (image window From Me To You Space)

by Dritan Hyska , 2022

 

In this small publication made in collaboration with the artist Dritan HyskaPararoja has selected some photographs of unfinished houses in different parts of Albanian territory.The images are a selection of photographs made between 2006-2009.

 

Dritan Hyska was born in 1980 in Korce, Albania. He lives and works between Venice, Italy, and Tirana, Albania, and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Venice. Dritan Hyska’s artistic research focuses on the urban realities of Albania and Italy through the representation of bridges, overpasses, glimpses of deserted cities, cement, and construction.

 

 

7.

SAHARA

by Abi Shehu, 2022

This zine brings together a series of 12 images by Abi Shehu found on the walls of one of the most notorious prisons in Albania, Spaçi prison. Drawn by theprisoners in the last years of the prison’s existence, these images not onlyserve as archaeological relics but also show the prisoner’s imagination anddesire for freedom.They depict clichés of television, football, eroticism,consumption, and here and there scenes of indirect violence.

 

Abi Shehu (1993, AL) is an Albanian multi-disciplinary visual artist. She creates portraits of humanity by exploring fundamental existential experiences, such as death, rituals, memory, amnesia, and unconsciousness.

 

 

8.

BETWEEN PATTERNS AND SHADOWS

by Olson Lamaj, 2023

 

In this photo zine, the artist Olson Lamaj curated a collection of black and white photographs that capture some part of the urban landscape in Tirana. Theimages invite the viewer to explore his city’s unique beauty in some unusual and hidden places. Through the interplay of light and darkness, he reveals the hidden patterns in his city’s architecture.

 

Olson Lamaj’s work investigates social and political issues related tocontemporary life in Albania and to more universal and timeless systems of meaning extending beyond immediate conditions. In 2012, Lamaj
co-founded MIZA Gallery, an artist-run-space in the heart of Tirana that functions as anexhibiting vitrine for young Albanian artists to host and develop artistic projects and lectures to spark and increase the debate around the Albaniancontemporary art scene. Olson Lamaj is also the founder of Pararoja.

 

9.

MANUAL OF WALLS

by Ledia Kostandini, 2023

 

Manual of Walls is a zine by the artist and illustrator Ledia Kostandini.It unfolds the symbolism of walls from a psychological perspective.

 

In her work – photography, paintings, and installations with mixed media objects – Ledia Kostandini takes an ironic approach to national events by juxtaposing cultural and social icons. Influenced by her country’s communist past and its threat of violence, Ledia analyzes the power of images and how they function within varied ideological systems.

 

 

10.

ZZZZINE

by Marina Sula, 2023

 

Zzzzine by Marina Sula compiles a series of photographs taken at theIntercontinental Hotel in Vienna and various images of crossword puzzles from newspapers on site. Opened in 1964 and owned by PanAm Intercontinental, the hotel is the concrete embodiment of the late jet age, the Cold War, and Vienna’s unique role as a hub for espionage between East and West.

 

Marina Sula (b, 1991 in Lezhë, Albania)  grew up in Italy.

She currently lives and works in Vienna, Austria. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna after studying Art History at the University of Vienna.

FROM ME

TO YOU

PUBLICATIONS

was founded by Maud Vande Veire in 2009. It functions as a platform for self-publishing. From Me To You Publications is the main publishing activity of Maud Vande Veire.

OTHER 

PUBLICATIONS

brings together titles that are the result of collaborative projects.

DISTRIBUTION

This collection of self-published books by diverse artists reflects very personal interests, void of any aesthetic or discursive restrictions.

All publishing activities are run in conjunction with Emmanuel Depoorter.

FROM ME TO YOU SPACE

is an artist space in Borgerhout, Antwerp. Growing out of the activities of From Me To You publications, the main focus is on the presentation of artist books. FMTY Space is run by Maud Vande Veire and Emmanuel Depoorter

FROM ME 

TO YOU

PRODUCTIONS

produces and distributes editions of individual and collaborative works of art.

CONTACT

Oudstrijdersstraat 57

2140 Borgerhout

Belgium

info(at)frommetoyou.be

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