T.I.C.A has the pleasure to inform:
The Sixth Young Visual Artists Awards International Symposium will be held in
March 17 - 20th, 2016.
The Foundation for Culture and Society,
Residency Unlimited and the Trust for Mutual Understanding
The Young Visual Artists Award program was established with the creation of the Jindrich Chalupecky Award in 1990 in Czechoslovakia, under the aegis of President Vaclav Havel, Wendy Luers, and a group of dissident artists, to recognize artistic accomplishment and promise by providing artists with a US residency, with the aim of underscoring the role of culture in democratization and civil society. This founding mission and programmatic framework -- to promote contemporary art, foster cultural exchange, and build capacity of local art NGO’s led by The Foundation for Culture and Society (formerly The Foundation for a Civil Society) -- has guided the creation and inclusion of the other nine awards that comprise the YVAA network in the region. To date there are Young Visual Artists Awards in ten countries: the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania and Bulgaria. In each of these countries, YVAA operates in partnership with a local nongovernmental institution to conduct an open call and transparent annual or biannual competition and curated exhibition, through which an independent and international jury selects a young visual artist, under 35, as the winner and recipient of a US residency. As of 2015, Residency Unlimited (RU) has assumed leadership of the YVAA program and will host the artists for two month residencies in New York. The Trust for Mutual Understanding has provided not only financial support for the YVAA program -- and this meeting in Tirana -- but has stewarded its vision, advancement, and achievements.
The YVAA Symposium is pleased to bring together in Tirana a wide-range of artists, curators, and cultural managers -- and the art institutions they represent -- from all over Central and Eastern Europe and the U.S in an effort to collectively assess the impact of the YVAA program and renew the network’s structure and purpose. Public events consist of conversations on the role artist residency programs and small scale arts organizations play in cultural production, artists’ mobility, and the generation and exchange of ideas. Working meetings, closed to the public, will be focused on an internal analysis of the program’s structure, presence and partnerships in Eastern Europe, with a larger conversation on encouraging collaboration among the regional partners. These meetings and events will be held across a number of art spaces and institutions in Tirana, with the aim of introducing visitors to the Albanian contemporary art scene.
Artist Residencies: Here to Stay
Residency Unlimited presentation and panel discussion with; Nathalie Anglès, Filip Jovanovski and Ondrej Stupal,
Moderated by: Eriola Pira.
/Tulla Culture Center/ Rr. Medar Shtylla, 6:30PM
By: Molly Kleiman
/ Qendra Ten, Rr. “Myslym Shyri”/ 6:30PM
How do we articulate and enrich the relationships between writing code and reading prose, between digital interfaces and printed pages, between social media and public space? Molly Kleiman will present the work of Triple Canopy, a magazine that offers a hybrid approach to publication, including digital works of art and literature, public events, exhibitions, and books. Kleiman will give an overview of the magazine’s history, collaborative working methods, and upcoming editorial projects. She will also introduce Common Practice, a new advocacy group co-founded by Triple Canopy and six other New York City-based arts organizations, that seeks to address the unique challenges facing small-scale and independent arts organizations.
MAY / 6-13 / 2015 /Tirana/Albania
T.I.C.A has the pleasure to present at Tirana Open,
DZT- DyZeroTre collective (Stefano Romano, and Eri Çobo)
The collective will present for the public of the festival their new video project, “Futuro anteriore /Future perfect ". A reflection on unrealized communist dream for equality, the video analyzes one of the grand narratives of the last century through the metaphor of popular icons such as the famous italian Bandiera Rossa  (Italian for Red Flag)
About the artists:
DyZeroTre (DZT) is a collective established in 2012 by Stefano Romano (b.1975) Napoli/Italy and Eri Çobo (b.1979) Fier/Albania. The collective works in a processual area through aesthetic acts which can no longer prescind from conflicting istances, new antagonisms, and the urgency of social reality. Actions, performances, video, installations, photography, drawings are the media used by DZT to create not aligned images of reality.
The collective’s works have been shown at national and international museums and exhibitions, such as:Tulla Culture Center (Tirana, Albania); Palazzo della Misericordia in the frame of ArtDate -Dialogo nel tempo (Bergamo, Italy); Palazzo Costanzi (Trieste, Italy); Studio Tommaseo (Trieste, Italy); BACO arte contemporanea (Bergamo, Italy);TICA AIRLab c/o Tirana Ekspress (Tirana, Albania); Artopia Gallery (Milano, Italy); Galleria Bianconi (Milano, Italy); Careof (Milano, Italy); Placentia Arte (Piacenza, Italy); GAMeC area Palestra, (Bergamo, Italy); Galleria Alice & altri lavori in corso (Roma, Italy); 54° Venice Biennial – Pavillion of Fine Arts Academies, Arsenale (Venice, Italy); Macro Future (Roma Italy); GC.AC (Monfalcone, Gorizia, Italy); Neon>campo base (Bologna, Italy); Triennale (Milano, Italy); Chelsea Art Museum (New York, USA); The Kosova Art Gallery (Prishtinë, Kosovo); Tirana Bienale3 (Tirana, Albania); Museo d’arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce (Genova, Italy); The Yugoslav Biennial of Young Artist, Centre for Contemporary Arts (Vrsac/Belgrade Serbia and Montenegro); Via Farini (Milano, Italy); Boston Cyberarts Festival, Coolidge Corner Theatre (Boston U.S.A.); Centre Culturel Francais de Turin (Torino, Italy).
About the event:
Tirana Open will host an outstanding array of visual arts, film, literature, music, and architecture events and will take place in different locations in Tirana betwen 9 to 13 of May 2015
Follow the events at :
 Bandiera Rossa (Italian for "Red Flag"), often also called Avanti Popolo after its opening words, is one of the most famous songs of the Italian labour movement. It glorifies the red flag, symbol of the socialist and communist movement. The text was written by Carlo Tuzzi in 1908; the melody is taken from two Lombard folk songs.
Tirana, June 19, 2013,
We are glad to announce that, after artist meetings, a thorough consultation among all jurors and two visits to the in-progress work at the exhibition site at Tirana Express, the jury has determined a winner of the 2013 Ardhje award in the person of Alketa Ramaj.
The jury did not reach a full consensus and would like to note the exceptionally high quality of all received proposals, together with the fact that agreement over a majority vote could only be reached thanks to a prolonged consultation that furthermore proved how close some of the applications were in terms of artistic merit. The majority vote went to Ms. Ramaj in recognition of an emerging artistic practice which shows a high degree of creativity and competence, with outstanding aesthetical, poetical and conceptual potential. The majority of the jury found that Alketa Ramaj’s works are characterized by a distinctive poetic dimension which, together with her elegantly concise visual articulation, allows her to give form to a wide range of artistic ideas. The artwork’s openness and sense of unpredictability foreshadows a career with great potential for further development and convinced us that the artist would certainly benefit from the exposure to the specific and unique context of New York City, and deserves this opportunity in light of her promising artistic achievement and the quality of the exhibited work.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the Ardhje Award Jury 2013 composed by: Elsa Demo – cultural journalist based in Tirana, Albert Heta – curator, director of Stacion Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina, and Marko Antonioni –independent curator, selected to be part of this year's jury by the Foundation for a Civil Society, New York (Young Visual Artists Awards), the American partner institute which will host the ARDHJE winner in residency in New York.
Të dashur miq, artistë e bashkëpuntor , me anë të këtij njoftimi ju bëjmë me dije se:
Çmimi "ARDHJE", eventi i përvitshëm dedikuar artistëve të rinj , i organizuar nga T.I.C.A-Tirana Institute for Contemporary art, qysh prej vitit 2007 në bashkëpunim me FCS- Foundation for Civil Society,New York në kuadër të YVAA –Young visual Art Award, nuk do të mbahet për vitin 2015.
Ky ndryshim në dinamikën e organizmit të aktivitetit miratuar nga FCS, institucioni pritës i artitsit fitues në residencë në New York, vjen si rezultat i një shqyrtimi njëvjeçar të rrjetit të çmimeve YVAA, që përfshin dhjetë shtete të Evropës Lindore që prej 1989.
Në mes ndryshimeve të tjera të cilat synojnë të rrisin cilësinë dhe performancën e YVAA në të gjithë rrjetin e tij, dinamika e re parashikon organizimin e Çmimit ARDHJE në Shqipëri në frekuencën kohore bi-anuale (një herë në dy vite).
Ky vendim, që gjithashtu vlen dhe për organizmin e çmimeve simotra në Kosovë,Bosnje dhe Herzegovinë dhe Maqedoni, ka për qëllim përforcimin e rolit që këto çmime luajnë në zhvillimin e këtyre skenave dhe artistëve të artit bashkëkohor që vazhdojnë të përballen me mangësi dhe sfida reale.
Shpresojmë që ky ndryshim do tu japë kohë artistëve të interesuar të marrin pjesë në edicionin vijues të zhvillojnë më gjerësisht projektet e tyre, dhe T.I.C.A-s si organizator të punoj për një event që synon cilësi me të lartë në ndihmë të skenës e artit lokal.
Edicioni i radhës i Çmimit "ARDHJE" do të mbahet në vitin 2016. Informacione të mëtjeshme mbi kriteret e aplikimit dhe të tjera, do t'u bëhen me dije në kohë për aplikimin e vitit të ardhëshëm.
Faleminderit për bashkëpunimin