Irgin Sena works with consideration of time as a space and as a zone. The voids, the gaps in between, the seemingly unimportant, or the things that fail are what he pays attention to. While thinking about time, Sena also considers the effectiveness of the delay. He is interested in the duration of transitions and moments of in(activity). The idea of creating a score, a track and a timeline for the work, as one would do in music, has occupied him for some time. Irgin’s process has much to do with how we select what to see from what we merely look at.
Irgin Sena was born in Albania and lives and works in New York. He has a MFA from Hunter College. Inn 2007 the he received the ARRDHJE Award for Contemporary Art and in 2012 he was awarded the Marian Netter Award. Irgin has participated at Qui Vive, International Moscow Biennial for Young Art and New Insight, Chicago. His work has been shown at Futura- Center For contemporary Art, Prague; Art Chicago; Boots Contemporary Art Space, St. Louis; Vanessa Quang Galerie, Paris; House am Lutzowplatz, Berlin; The National Gallery, Tirana and Badischer-Kunstverein, Karlsruhe.
Residents from Albania
Lauri Astala’s art deals with concepts of space and the cultural structures that form our way of conceiving space. His recent work – videos and computer aided video installations – focus on our experience of space. Within the framework of mediated reality, Astala examines concepts such as absence, presence, and the ambiguity of the sense of belonging. Astala’s installations break the traditional division between film, cinema and audience, in which the role of the spectator is limited to passively observing outside reality. These installations place the spectator on a stage where he becomes an active protagonist, thus making visible the spectator’s here-and-now reality in contrast to another place and time that (cinematic) images traditionally present.
Lauri Astala (born 1958) lives and works in Helsinki, Finland and Avallon, France. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, in 1989. Astala continued his studies with a Fulbright grant at Chicago Art Institute (MFA, 2001). Astala’s medium is moving image, often constructed as in-situ installations. Recent solo shows include: Gallery Heino, Helsinki, 2008 and 2012; Helsinki Art Museum, 2010; KUMU Contemporary Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia, 2008; Institut finlandais, Paris, 2008 and Forum Box Gallery, Helsinki, 2005. Recent group exhibitions include ARTER, Istanbul, 2010; Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, Germany, 2010; Palazzo Esposizioni, Rome, 2009; Bucharest Biennial, Romania, 2008 and Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden, 2008. Astala was awarded the State Prize of Fine Arts (Art Council of Finland) in 2007.
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Residents from Finland
Artist group A Kassen has engaged in a collaborative practice since 2005, including works that take the form of performative installation, architectural intervention, photography, and sculpture. Their work is rooted in the exhibition site and refers to context and the social space, exploring the conditions of perception and interpretation.
A Kassen is Christian Bretton-Meyer, Tommy Petersen, Morten Steen Hebsgaard, and Søren Petersen. Educated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen; the Städelschule, Frankfurt, and the Akademie der Bildende Künste, Munich, the group is based in Copenhagen. Recent exhibitions include Reykjavik Arts Festival; Kling & Bang Gallery, Reykjavik; Facetime, On Stellar Rays, New York City; THE TITLE IS A PILE OF LETTERS, IMO Projects, Copenhagen; La Vie Mode d’Emploi, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels, and Window to the World, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León.