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Fani Zguro

Fani Zguro

Bereich: Medienkunst, Digitale Kunst

From the Series Untitled. Mixed media on printed paper. Variable dimensions. 2016 © Fani Zguro

From the Series Untitled. Mixed media on printed paper. Variable dimensions. 2016 © Fani Zguro

From the Series Untitled. Mixed media on printed paper. Variable dimensions. 2016 © Fani Zguro

From the Series Untitled. Mixed media on printed paper. Variable dimensions. 2016 © Fani Zguro

From the Series Untitled. Mixed media on printed paper. Variable dimensions. 2016 © Fani Zguro

From the Series Untitled. Mixed media on printed paper. Variable dimensions. 2016 © Fani Zguro

Key Facts

Nationalität

Albanien

Bereich

Medienkunst, Digitale Kunst

Wohnort

Berlin (GER)

Empfehlende Institution

BMEIA

Zeitraum

Jänner 2017 - Februar 2017

Fani Zguro was born in 1977 in Tirana. Lives and works in Milan 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Deutsche Bank Collection, Frankfurt (Germany)
Musée des civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée, Marseille (France)
Ludwig Museum Collection, Budapest (Hungary) 
Luciano Benetton Collection, Treviso (Italy) 
National Gallery of Arts, Tirana (Albania)
National Gallery of Kosovo, Prishtina (Kosovo)
Isola Art Center, Milan (Italy)

AWARDS

2016: "Best Video-Art", 14th Tirana International Film Festival, Tirana (Albania)
"First Prize", 11th International Mulliqi Prize, The National Gallery of Kosovo, Prishtina (Kosovo)
2008: “First Prize”, 14th International Onufri Prize, The National Gallery of Arts Tirana (Albania)
1990: “Gold Medal”, The 1st International Balaton Prize (Hungary)

EDUCATION

1998-2007: Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera, Milan (Italy)
1996-1997: Polytechnic of Athens (Greece)

RESIDENCES

2017-2017: Q21, Museumsquartier, Vienna (Austria) 
2011-2011: Casa Tres Patios, Medellin (Colombia)
2011-2011: Taller Siete, Medellin (Colombia)
2009-2009: Kultur Kontakt, Vienna (Austria)
2009-2009: La Générale en Manufacture, Sèvres Paris (France)
2009-2009: Taller Siete, Medellin (Colombia)
2003-2004: Citè International des Arts, Paris (France)

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018: "Writing Jobs", Gallery On The Move, Tirana (Albania)
"Could Be", curated by Sergio Armaroli, Steve Piccolo, Erratum, Milan (Italy)
2017: "A.C.A.S." (Solo Screening), Raum D - Museumsquartier, Vienna (Austria)
2016: "From the Series Untitled", text by Clara Meister, Collegium Artisticum, Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 
"Two Screenings" (with Pipilotti Rist), 14th Tirana International Film Festival, Tirana (Albania)
2015: "From the Series Untitled", Tirana Art Center, Tirana (Albania)
2014: "Video by Video" (Solo Screening), University of Prishtina (Kosovo), Accademia di Brera, Milan (Italy), National Gallery of Arts, Tirana (Albania)
"Shshshshshshshshshsh...", Gallery On The Move, Tirana (Albania)
2009: “Passengers”, La Génerale, Sèvres-Paris (France)
“Girls, Victims, Spy, Police, Gestapo, Soldiers, Men”, Valenzuela & Klenner Gallery, Bogotà (Colombia)
2002: “Tyson vs Lewis”, curator Luca Legnani, Università di Bocconi, Milan (Italy)

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018: "The World on Paper - Deutsche Bank Collection", PalaisPopulaire, Berlin (Germany) 
"5 Years Already", curators Jean-Roch Bouiller, Emilie Girard, MUCEM, Marseille (France) 
"Before the Past - After the Future", curator CABININ, 6th Çanakkale Biennial", Çanakkale (Turkey)
"Stranger Than Kindness", lecture by Bruno Muzzolini, Accademia di Brera, Milan (Italy) 
"Schermo a schermo /Ekrane Përballë", curated by Adela Demetja, Bruno Di Marino, University of Arts, Tirana (Albania) 
"Imago Mundi - Join The Dots", Salone degli Incanti, Trieste (Italy) 
"Contemporary", Gallery On The Move, Art Cologne (Germany)
"Nueva Vista", Gallery On The Move, Arte Fiera Bologna (Italy) 
"900/Albania the Spirit of the Times", curators Artan Shabani, Boris Brollo, Museo Arte Contemporanea, Acri (Italy)
2017: "Contemporary", Gallery On The Move, Art Cologne (Germany)
"Repainting", Isola Art Center, Milan (Italy)
"Imago Mundi - Mediterranean Routes", ZAC, Zona Arti Contemporanee, Palermo (Italy)
"Taxi", Erratum, Milan (Italy)
"Project Statement", Gallery On The Move, Parallel Vienna (Austria)
"Film", Accademia di Brera, Milan (Italy)
"Galleries", Gallery On The Move, Art Thessaloniki (Greece)
"Onufri XXIII", curator Gaetano Centrone, National Gallery of Arts, Tirana (Albania) 
2016: "Balkan Insight", curator Alicia Knock, Centre Pompidou, Paris (France)
"Albanie 1207 KM Est", curator Jean-Roch Bouiller, Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Mediterranée, Marseille (France)
"The Whale That Was a Submarine - Contemporary Positions From Albania and Kosovo", curator Julia Fabényi, Ludwig Museum, Budapest (Hungary)
"Galleries", Gallery On The Move, Art Geneve (Swiss)
"Screening #2902", DocuTIFF, Tirana (Albania)
"Screening #4764", Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera, Milan (Italy)
"Talking About", curator Artan Shabani, The 11th International Mulliqi Prize, National Gallery of Kosovo, Prishtina (Kosovo)
2015: “Recorded Memories”, curated by Constanze Wicke, Museum of Yugoslav History, Belgrade (Serbia), Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki (Greece), Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Piraeus (Greece)
"New Contemporaries", Gallery On The Move, Art Cologne (Germany)
"Young", Gallery On The Move, Art Brussels (Belgium) 
"Dammi I Colori", Valenzuela and Klenner, Bogota (Colombia)
"All About These... Ladies and Gentlemen", Temporary Gallery, Koln (Germany)
"ACAS – Albanian Contemporary Artist Salon", Selection Jury by Christine Macel, Alicia Knock, Saâdane Afif, National Historic Museum, Tirana (Albania)
"Al-Qurain Cutlural Festival", Museum of Modern Art, Kuwait City (Kuwait)
"TAXI", Art Market Budapest (Hungary), Parallel Vienna (Austria)
"Main Section", Gallery On The Move, Artissima, Turin (Italy)
“Mythologies”, 3rd Mardin Biennial (Turkey)
2014: “Recorded Memories”, curated by Constanze Wicke, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka (Croatia), National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest (Romania), Arsenal Museum for Contemporary Art, Sofia (Bulgaria), Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Pierides Foundation, Nicosia 
(Cyprus), CER Modern, Ankara (Turkey)
"TAXI", National Gallery of Arts, Tirana (Albania)
"TUYAP", curated by Ali Simsek, 24th Istanbul Art Fair (Turkey)
"90 Minutes Show", Contemporary Istanbul (Turkey)
2013: “Recorded Memories”, curated by Constanze Wicke, Photo Museum, Braunschweig (Germany), Collegium Artisticum, Sarajevo (Bosnia)
2012: "KulturKontakt Austria: 20 Years of Artists-In-Residence-Program", ViennaArtFair (Austria)
"Coordinate Ellitiche", curated by Bruno Muzzolini, Careof Docva, Milan (Italy)
“The Last Book”, a project curated by Luis Camnitzer, Carl von Ossietzky Staats und Universitäts Bibliothek, Hamburg (Germany) 
2011: "New Trends In the Albanian Visual Arts ", curators Valbona Rexhepi, Fitore Isufi-Koja, 8th International Mulliqi Prize, The National Gallery of Arts, Prishtina (Kosovo)
"The Last Book", a project curated by Luis Camnitzer, New York Public Library, New York (USA)
"Videoart Yearbook 2011", CRAC Centro Ricerca Arte Contemporanea, Cremona (Italy) 
2010: “Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid”, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (Germany) Musée National Reina Sofia, Filmoteca Española, Madrid (Spain)
"The Pursuit of Happiness", curators Zbigniew Kotkiewicz, Tekla Woźniak, Arsenał Gallery, Poznań (Poland)
“Bird Kite Making & Flying Workshop”, curator Angela Lennon, Peacock Visual Arts, Centre For Contemporary Art, Aberdeen (Scotland)
“Double Bind”, curator Valerio Dehò, Casa Masaccio - Centro Per l’Arte Contemporanea, San Giovanni Valdarno (Italy)
“Ardhje Award”, Tirana Institute for Contemporary Art, Zeta Gallery, (Albania)
“Police the Police", curator Mica Gherghescu, 4th Edition of the Young Artists Biennial, Bucharest (Romania)
"The Last Book", curator Luis Camnitzer, Zentral Bibliothek, Zurich (Switzerland)
2009: “Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid”, Châtelet Theatre, Paris (France)
“Kultur Kontakt”, Galerie ArtPoint, Vienna (Austria)
“So Many Men”, Museo de Arte Moderna, Medellin (Colombia)
“Liquid Cities - Video Art & Architecture”, National Center for Contemporary Arts, Moscow (Russia)
“Playlist”, curator Odile Orsi, Neon>Campobase, Bologna (Italy)
“Arena”, Valenzuela & Klenner Gallery, Bogotà (Colombia)
2008: “Street by Street”, with Carlos Garacoia, Isola Art Center, Milan (Italy)
“Girls, Victims, Spy, Police, Gestapo, Soldiers, Men”, with Museo Aero Solar, Minneapolis (USA)
“Milli”, The 2nd International Photo Prize, The National Gallery of Arts Prishtina (Kosovo)
“Video Art & Architecture”, Micro Museum, New York (USA)
“The Last Book”, curator Luis Camnitzer, The National Library, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
2007: “Isola Art Center/OUT/Bert Theis”, curator Hou Honru, The 10th International Istanbul Biennial (Turkey)
“Conformism Space”, curator Suzana Varvarica, The 4th International Mulliqi Prize, The National Gallery of Arts, Prishtina (Kosovo)
“Ardhje Award”, curator Edi Muka, Joa Lundberg, Tirana Institute for Contemporary Art, Academy of Fine Arts of Tirana (Albania)
“Absolute Beginners”, Isola Art Center, Milan (Italy)
2005: “Experiment in Terror”, curator Leni Laperi, The 12th International Onufri Prize, The National Gallery of Arts Tirana (Albania)
2004: “Glocal”, curator Gezim Qendro, The 4th International Mulliqi Prize, The National Gallery of Arts, Prishtina (Kosovo)
2003: “U-Topos", curators Edi Muka, Gezim Qendro, 2nd Tirana Biennal”, Tirana (Albania)
2002: “Networking”, curator Pier Luigi Tazzi, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena (Italy)
"New Proposals", MiArt, Milan (Italy)
2001: “Salon 1”, proposed by Antonio D’Avossa, Museo della Permanente, Milan (Italy)

SELECTED OTHER PROJECTS

2017: Video-Art Jury, TIFF, Tirana (Albania)
“Agency for Unrealized Project”, by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones, Julieta Aranda, Anton Vidokle, E-flux, New York (USA)
"Broken Threads", Fani Zguro, Phroom, Milan (Italy)
"Anarchy: The Breakdown of Law and Order; a Chaotic Reign of Terror, Mob Rule and Rioting; the Collapse of Government Authority", E-artnow, Prague (Czech Republic)
2016: "Early Works IV", Pipilotti Rist, curator Fani Zguro, Gallery On The Move and Tirana Art Center in collaboration with Tirana International Film Festival, Tirana (Albania)
"Stranger than Kindness", curator Fani Zguro, 22nd International Onufri Prize, National Gallery of Arts, Tirana (Albania) 
2015: "Franchise", Jury Member, Apexart, New York (USA)
"Interview with Marcus Graf", Art Guide East, Budapest (Hungary)
2014: "Round Table Discussion", Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka (Croatia), National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest (Romania)
“New Contemporaries”, Gallery On The Move, Art Cologne (Germany)
“Souvenirs From Earth”, Gallery On The Move, Film Cologne (Germany)
“Agency for Unrealized Project”, by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones, Julieta Aranda, Anton Vidokle, E-flux, New York (USA)
“No Formula One No Cry”, Anri Sala, curator Fani Zguro, Gallery On The Move in collaboration with Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka (Croatia)
“All About These… Ladies and Gentlemen”, curator Fani Zguro, Gallery On The Move in collaboration with Co-Pilot, Istanbul (Turkey), The National Gallery of Arts, Tirana (Albania), Soma, Mexico DF (Mexico), Studio Arte Gallery, Bucharest (Romania) 
2013: “All About These… Ladies and Gentlemen”, curator Fani Zguro, Gallery On The Move in collaboration with Viafarini Docva, Milan (Italy)
“Agency for Unrealized Project”, by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones, Julieta Aranda, Anton Vidokle, E-flux, New York (USA)
“New Entries”, Gallery On The Move, Artissima, Turin (Italy)
“Education”, curator Fani Zguro, Gallery On The Move in collaboration with Accademia di Brera, Milan (Italy)
“Bridge Country”, Gallery On The Move, ViennaFair (Austria)
“Two Stories”, curator Fani Zguro, Gallery On The Move in collaboration with Accademia di Brera, Milan (Italy)
“Main Section”, Gallery On The Move, MiArt, Milan (Italy)
“The Anarchists I/II”, curator Fani Zguro, Gallery On The Move in collaboration with Tirana Ekspres (Albania)
"No Formula One No Cry", Anri Sala, curator Fani Zguro, Doku Fest, Prizren (Kosovo)
2012: "Make It Easy Make It Porn", curator Fani Zguro, Gallery On The Move in collaboration with Isola Art Center, Milan (Italy)
"5 Bar Clips", Thomas Hirschhorn, curator Fani Zguro, Tirana Art Center in collaboration with Isola Art Center, Milan (Italy)
"A Doll's House", curator Fani Zguro, Satellite Project in collaboration with Isola Art Center, Milan (Italy)
2011: "Solo Presentations", Klara Liden, Mika Rottenberg, Rosa Barba, Jesper Just, Steve Piccolo, curator Fani Zguro, Tirana Art Center in collaboration with Tirana Ekspres (Albania)
"Talk", Fani Zguro, Nuova Accademia Delle Belle Arti Milano (Italy)
“Astronauts Saw My Work and Started Laughing”, Petrit Halilaj, Curators Erti Lutaj, Fani Zguro, Tirana Art Center in collaboration with the National Gallery of Arts Tirana (Albania)
"Spring Fever", Fikret Atay, curator Fani Zguro, Tirana Art Center in collaboration with The Promenade Gallery, Vlora (Albania)
"No Formula One No Cry", Anri Sala, curator Fani Zguro, The Promenade Gallery, Vlora (Albania)
"This Area Is Under 23 Hour Video and Audio Surveillance", Ahmet Ogut, curator Fani Zguro, Tirana Art Center (Albania)
"Don't Tell Anybody", Jakup Ferri, Curator Fani Zguro, Tirana Art Center in collaboration with Tirana International Film Festival (Albania)
"No Formula One No Cry", Anri Sala curator Fani Zguro, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen (Scotland) 
2010: "No Formula One No Cry, Anri Sala, curator Fani Zguro, special project, Isola Art Center, Milan (Italy)
"No Formula One No Cry", Anri Sala, art director Fani Zguro, Tirana Art Center (Albania)
"Mr. Dosti" (Zoti Dosti), Fani Zguro, The Promenade Gallery Edition, Vlora (Albania)
"Electric Blue", Adrian Paci, curator Fani Zguro, Tirana Art Center in collaboration with Tirana International Film Festival (Albania) 
2009: ”Il Tempo del Postino”, workshop with Anri Sala, Academy of Fine Arts, Tirana (Albania)
“Creative Identity”, by Riccardo Caldura e Domenico Papa, Biblioteca Civica Italo Calvino, Turin (Italy)
“FIAV”, The International Festival of Video Art, Casablanca (Marocco)
2008: “Museo Aero Solar”, Tomas Saraceno, curator Alberto Pesavento, art director Fani Zguro, Tirana Art Center (Albania)
“Suprematist Platform”, Bert Theis, art director Fani Zguro, in collaboration with Onufri Prize and The National Gallery of Arts, Tirana Art Center (Albania)
2007: “Intervista - Find the Words”, interview with Anri Sala, Teknemedia (Italy)
“Nantucket!”, curator Matteo Rubbi, 2video Undo.net (Italy)
“Museo Aero Solar”, Tomas Saraceno, curator Alberto Pesavento, art director Fani Zguro, Tirana Art Center/“Betrayal in Art”, curators Ervin Hatibi, Rubens Shima, The 14th International Onufri Prize, The National Gallery of Arts, Tirana (Albania)
2005: “TiranaPrishtina Project”, Real Presence, Beograd (Serbia), Zenit Gallery, Museum of History of Tirana, The National Gallery of Arts Tirana (Albania)
“Dammi i Colori”, with Anri Sala, Exit Festival, Novisad (Serbia)
2002: “Thank U Director”, Aula 1, docente Alberto Garutti, Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera, Milan (Italy)

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Gallery On The Move, TAXI, Tirana (cat) 2019
Springerin, Fani Zguro´s From the series Untitled and Exterminators, text by Dora Garcia, Vienna (magazine) 2019 
Deutsche Bank Collection, The World On Paper, Berlin (cat.) 2018 
Berlin Art Week, The World on Paper - Deutsche Bank Collection, PalaisPopulaire, Berlin (press) 2018
PhRoom, Fani Zguro, Photographs 2011-2017, Milan (web) 2018
Artribune, MACA, Albania. The Spirit of the Times, Milan (press) 2018  
National Gallery of Arts, Onufri XXIIl, Tirana (cat) 2018
Harabel, Fani Zguro, Tirana (web) 2018
Phroom, Fani Zguro, Broken Threads, Milan (web) 2018
E-artnow, Three Projects, Gallery On The Move, Prague (press) 2018
Arte Fiera, Nueva Vista, Gallery On The Move, Bologna (cat) 2018
Art-Agenda, Fani Zguro, Writing Jobs, New York (press) 2017
Art-Agenda, Three Projects, New York (press) 2017
Artsy, GOM, New York (web) 2017
E-flux, Agency for Unrealized Project, by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Julia Peyton-Jones, Julieta Aranda, Anton Vidokle, New York (web) 2017
Art Cologne, Contemporary, Gallery On The Move, Koln (cat) 2017
National Gallery of Arts, Onufri XXII, Tirana (cat) 2017
E-artnow, Fani Zguro - ANARCHY: The Breakdown of Law and Order; a Chaotic Reign of Terror, Mob Rule and Rioting; the Collapse of Government Authority, Prague (web) 2017
E-artnow, Fani Zguro, text by Dora Garcia, Artist-in-residence, Q21-Museumsquartier, Prague (review) 2017
National Gallery of Arts, Vepra te Kthyera, Tirana (cat) 2017
Centre Pompidou, Code Couleur 24, Prospectif Cinema, Balkan Fever, Paris (magazine) 2016 
Blouinartinfo, Onufri Prize Dedicated to Mitrush Kuteli at National Gallery of Arts, NYC (web) 2016
E-artnow, Fani Zguro, From the series Untitled, Collegium Artisticum, Prague (press) 2016
Art-Agenda, 22nd International Onufri Prize, NYC (press) 2016
Art-Agenda, Two Screenings, NYC (press) 2016
Ludwig Museum, The Whale That Was a Submarine - Contemporary Positions From Albania and Kosovo, Budapest (cat) 2016
MUCEM, Albanie 1207 km est, Marseille (cat) 2016
Independent Collectors, Mimi Kolaneci - Recorded Memories, Berlin (web), 2016
E-flux, The Whale That Was a Submarine - Contemporary Positions From Albania and Kosovo, Ludwig Museum, New York (press) 2016
National Gallery of Kosovo, 11th International Mulliqi Prize, Prishtina (cat.) 2016
Gallery On The Move, Works On Paper, Fani Zguro, GOM Editions, Tirana (cat.) 2015
Art Forum, Temporary Gallery, Harun Farocki, New York (press) 2015
NYUPress, Modern Albania, Fred C. Abrahams, New York (book) 2015
Art Guide East, Dammi I Colori, Budapest (press) 2015
Art Cologne, Gallery On The Move, New Contemporaries, Koln (cat.) 2015
Art Brussels, Gallery On The Move, Young, Brussels (cat.) 2015
Art Agenda, Contemporary Istanbul (press) 2014
Art Guide East, All About These… Ladies and Gentlemen, Budapest (journal) 2014
Art and Signature, Interview with Fani Zguro, Wien (web) 2014
Art and Signature, No Formula One No Cry, Wien (web) 2013
Art Forum, All About These… Ladies and Gentlemen, New York (journal) 2013
Goethe Institute, Recorded Memories, Berlin (cat.) 2013
Re-Title, Missing Landscape, New York (press) 2011
Kultur Kontakt, ViennaFair, Wien (cat.) 2011
National Public Library, The Last Book, New York (cat.) 2011 
Arsenal Gallery, The Pursuit of Happiness, Poznan (cat.) 2010
4th Young Artists Biennale of Bucharest, Police to Police, Meta Cultural Foundation, Bucharest (cat.) 2010
Centro Per l’Arte Contemporanea, Double Bind, San Giovanni Valdarno (cat.) 2010
Undo.net, FIAV, Milan (press) 2009
Undo.net, Real/Unreal, Milan (press) 2009
Undo.net, Everyday, Milan (press) 2009
MAMM, Fata Morgana, Medellin (cat.) 2008
Paris Art, Depuis le Début, La Generale, Sevres (press) 2008
Flash Art, Any Thing, Unorossodue, Milan (journal) 2007
Exibart, Nuovi, Nuovi, Nuovi, Milan (journal) 2007
Teknemedia, Interview with Anri Sala, Milan (web) 2007
Tirana International Film Festival, Experimental Section, Tirana (cat.) 2006
Mulliqi Prize, National Gallery of Arts, Prishtina (cat.) 2006
Divus Magazine, Tirana Prishtina, Prague (journal) 2006
Tirana Prishtina, National Gallery of Arts, Tirana (cat.) 2006
Young Albanian Artist, National Gallery of Arts, Tirana (cat.) 2005
Onufri Prize, The National Gallery of Arts, Tirana (cat.) 2005
Mulliqi Prize, The National Gallery of Arts, Prishtina (cat.) 2004
Tirana Biennal, U-Topos, Tirana (cat.) 2003
Palazzo delle Papesse, Networking, Siena (cat.) 2002
MiArt, New Proposals, Fiera di Milano (cat.) 2002
Spazio Permanente, Salon 1, Milan (cat.) 2001
Independent Editions, Approved, Fani Zguro, Tirana (poetries) 2000

Projektinfo

© Fani Zguro

The genesis of “Exterminators” is Eddie of Iron Maiden and the book with the same title by William Burroughs.This  is the fourth series of Exterminators. The first series started in 2006 by manipulating several left leaning Italian political figures, taken from a calendar published in the same year. The second series is in 2010, which consisted in a floor covered with 80 drawings which are the manuscripts of a book written by Fani Zguro titled “Mr. Dosti”. Over the original manuscripts are drawn with coal the portraits of Eddie of Iron Maiden and are written several names of people who somehow were part of this project. The fourth series is in 2012, which consisted in manipulating with pen pictures of ex-dictator E. Hoxha, by configuring him in Eddie's portraits. Meanwhile the last series Exterminators (2016) consists in manipulating with black pen portraits of german soldiers in the second world war.
The materials used are original pictures black and white between 1930-40.

Dokumentation

My Life Without Me - text by Dora Garcia *
'- What is a ghost?' Stephen said with tingling energy. 'One who has faded into impalpability through death, through absence, through change of manners.' (Ulysses, James Joyce)
In those far away years before Photoshop, that nevertheless are almost two hundred years of photography (around the year 1800, Thomas Wedgwood made the first known attempt to capture the image in a camera obscura by means of a light-sensitive substance), photography was a sign of existence.
To eliminate someone from existence, to make that person non-existent, was almost an exercise of sorcery. Famous were the photographs where Nikolai Yezhov, Joseph Stalin's head of secret police, entered the limbo of never having been there, once not being any more here, really, after his execution in 1940. Trotsky was as well a member of the incredibly disappearing men's club even prior to his disappearance from the world of the living, as was Lev Kamenev and many others. Even if the photographic print removal was quite virtuously achieved, one cannot say the absence is not felt- there is a grey zone left, where the grain of the picture, very conspicuous, makes one think of death. This must be what death looks like, being removed from the picture, the living quickly regrouping to make the absence less obvious. Yet everything leaves a trace, nothing can be repaired to be as it was before. My psychoanalyst says that. 'My life without me' (2003) is the title of a film by Isabel Coixet and even if I must confess I never saw a film by this director, I was always enamoured of this title. The story is the following -as I read in the imdb page of the film: 'Ann, 23 years old, lives a modest life with her two kids and her husband in a trailer in her mother's garden. Her life takes a dramatic turn, when her doctor tells her that she has uterine cancer and only two months to live. She compiles a list of things to do before she dies.' Ann begins to design the empty space that she will leave behind after her removal, visualizing a picture of her life without her. In another association, the film's plot reminds me as well of one of my favourite short stories (and according to Borges the best short story ever), an archetype of image obliteration: Wakefield, by Hawthorne. 'The man, under pretense of going a journey, took lodgings in the next street to his own house, and there, unheard of by his wife or friends, and without the shadow of a reason for such self-banishment, dwelt upwards of twenty years. During that period, he beheld  his home every day, and frequently the forlorn Mrs. Wakefield. Wakefield has some special characteristics that sets him apart from Ann and the disappearing Bolsheviks; he leaves his life willingly, he takes that decision, as he takes the decision of entering it again. 20 years has he been absent from his life, or not quite, since during those years he was always the most passionate observer of his life without him. What is interesting in the Wakefield case is: Where has he been during those 20 years? 'Amid the seeming confusion of our mysterious world, individuals are so nicely adjusted to a system, and systems to one another and to a whole, that, by stepping aside for a moment, a man exposes himself to a fearful risk of losing his place forever. Like Wakefield, he may become, as it were, the Outcast of the Universe.' Marginality, irrelevance, triviality, peripheral placement, unimportance. This is where we go by absence. 'No one will speak about us when we are dead' is another film title, this time a 1995 film by Agustín Díaz-Yanes. One could dream that one's absence will be as strongly felt as one's presence. But sadly this is not true- the living, or those present here and now, will quickly group together again so that the empty space is swiftly filled in. In the photographs of the work 'From the Series Untitled', Mixed media on printed paper, Variable dimensions, 2016, by Fani Zguro, we see nine images where the faces of one, two, three, four subjects, have been not really deleted, but scratched, cut out, severed, grazed, rubbed off. The photographic image has not been manipulated, it is the photographic surface that has been mutilated. There is something very brutal about it, as if the urgency of changing the existing course of events eliminated all politesse. It is a real decapitation: these are beheaded bodies, not disappeared bodies. The fact that the elimination of the face does not leave behind a smooth photographic surface (which translates as a modified event, that person was never there) but on the contrary what is left is the dramatically dismembered surface: a hole. That person was there and I chopped off her head, and by doing this I revealed the inner mechanisms of photographic representation, a photograph is just a thick paper with a light sensitive surface, nothing more than that, not your family, not your friends, but just paper with photographic emulsion, a light-sensitive colloid consisting of silver halide crystals dispersed in gelatine. 'From the Series Untitled' is the equivalent of a passional crime in photography. A crime. The disappearance of political rivals and dissidents - to incarcerate them is not enough, to kill them is not enough, it has to be as if they never existed- has immediate associations with dictatorships and totalitarism. But also with failed love affairs, broken marriages, betrayed friendships, disinheritances. Life as a torn photograph, identity removed by scratching faces: memory has been lost, and the loss is irreversible. Wakefield cannot go home again. * 'My Life Without Me' by Dora Garcia, is a text about Fani Zguro's 'From the series Untitled, which consists in a photography project, that Zguro is actually working during his residency at Q21, Museumsquartier in Vienna. www.e-artnow.org/announcement/article/ACTION/12666/ EXTERMINATORS 2017 The genesis of “Exterminators” is Eddie of Iron Maiden and the book with the same title by William Burroughs. This is the fourth series of Exterminators. The first series started in 2006 by manipulating several left leaning Italian political figures, taken from a calendar published in the same year. The second series is in 2010, which consisted in a floor covered with 80 drawings which are the manuscripts of a book written by Fani Zguro titled “Mr. Dosti”. Over the original manuscripts are drawn with coal the portraits of Eddie of Iron Maiden and are written several names of people who somehow were part of this project. The fourth series is in 2012, which consisted in manipulating with pen pictures of ex-dictator E. Hoxha, by configuring him in Eddie's portraits. Meanwhile the last series Exterminators (2016) consists in manipulating with black pen portraits of German soldiers in the second world war. The materials used are original pictures black and white between 1930- 40.

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