Zeinab Shahidi Marnani
Shahidi Marnani’s recent work aims to facilitate dialogue concerning the issue of time. She employs alternative methods to create dialogue through the medium of text and video, applying the specifications of time-based media.
Zeinab Shahidi Marnani was born in Isfahan, Iran and she lives and works in Tehran. She received her MFA from Yale University in 2011 and her BFA from The Tehran University in 2007. She has shown her work at The Print Shop, MoMA PS1, New York; Thomas Erben Gallery, New York; Devi Art Foundation, India; Iranian Artists’ Forum, Tehran; design transfer gallery (UDK), Berlin; Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, Iran; The Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin; PØST, Los Angeles; and Regina Rex, New York.
Residents from Iran
Specializing in the design of play and educational objects, Anne Sommer has devoted her research to the world of children. Her label, Spielmode, was inspired while Sommer was sitting in a doctor’s waiting room watching a five-year old boy playing with a colored wooden tower; the only available toy in the kid’s corner. Sommer thought that there ought to be individual toys for children. Every child should have the opportunity to keep a toy, appropriate to his or her age, on hand at any time. She subsequently launched a fashion line with integrated toys for children.
Anne Sommer (born 1983 in Berlin, Germany) moved to Halle to study Design of Playing and Learning and later studied fashion design at the Escuela de Arte y Superior de Diseño Valencia, Spain. Sommer graduated from the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle in 2013. Recent presentations and exhibitions include Interactive Kidsfotos, Designhaus Halle, 2014; spielhochvier, Designhaus Halle, 2013; Fantitastisch, Kunststiftung Sachsen-Anhalt, Halle, 2013; Brücke-Catwalk, Lange Nacht der Kultur, Kleinmachnow, 2013. Awards include Hugo Junkers Prize, 2013 and Scidea Ideenwettbewerb, 2013.
Residents from Germany
Genti Korini studies and reconstructs the modernist agenda of image and medium in his paintings and photographs. His works are architectural and painterly while retaining their abstract essence. The architecture of the Albania’s capital Tirana is primary inspiration behind Korini’s work. New formations emerge as a symptomatology for rapidly evolving ideologies. In the age of neoliberal freedom the ideological idiom has been hijacked and has found new forms of expressions in the domain of architecture. Korini’s examination of this trend reverberates throughout his work.
Genti Korini (born in 1979, Tirana, Albania) lives and works in Tirana, Albania. He studied painting at University of Art and Design, Cluj Napoca, Romania and graduated with an M.A, in Graphic Design and Painting at the University of Arts, Tirana. His selected exhibitions include Fragile Sense of Hope, Collectors Room, Berlin, Germany, 2014; The Object and It’s Background, Jecza Gallery, Timisoara, Romania, 2013; Ephemeral Structures, National Gallery of Art, Tirana, Albania, 2007; There Is No Place Like Home, Galeria Contemporaneo, Venice, Italy, 2007.