For the first time in an Italian institution, the GAMeC – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo presents the video trilogy When Dreams Become Necessity by Driant Zeneli (Shkoder, Albania, 1983).
Represented by Prometeogallery di Ida Pisani, the artist was selected as part of the Level Zero project promoted by ArtVerona.
When Dreams Become Necessity is made up of three short videos that document just as many performative actions carried out by the artist himself. In each case, Zeneli attempts to make a wish come true, three dreams that are to all effects impossible to achieve, leading us to understand that an inevitable failure is but the gateway for potential alternatives.
In the first video, The Dream of Icarus Was to Make a Cloud (2009), the artist tries to create a cloud by hang-gliding; in the second, Some Say the Moon Is Easy to Touch… (2011), he launches himself on a bungee cord in the attempt to touch the moon in the night in which the satellite is at its closest point to the Earth; in the last, Don’t Look at the Sun while You’re Expecting to Cross it (2014), Zeneli decides to cross the sun travelling in a cable car after the comet Lovejoy crossed the sun’s atmosphere, coming out intact.
In the three videos, the performative actions are quickly concluded, revealing the illusion behind them. Most of the images focus on the preparation phase, loading the time prior to the action with tension and expectation, and stressing the commitment and willpower necessary to carry out undertakings deemed impossible.
All the performative actions – leaping into the void, hang-gliding, launching oneself at breakneck speed while hanging onto a cable car – imply a certain degree of danger and courage. The very form of shooting, using a hand-held camera, contributes to creating an immersive dimension, giving the sensation of being physically present alongside the artist in the moment in which he sets about his actions.
These aspects underline once more the resoluteness and determination necessary to achieve utopian aims, but perhaps even more so, ones indispensable to accept the possibility of failure. Overall, the trilogy When Dreams Become Necessity itself constitutes a reflection on failure, meant not as an end but as an opportunity to imagine as of yet unexplored paths and to embrace the stimulus offered by new
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Driant Zeneli (1983, Shkoder, Albania), lives between Milan and Tirana.
In 2011 he was one of the artists who represented Albania at the 54th International Art Exhibition – Venice Biennale. In 2009 he won the Young European Artist Award at Trieste Contemporanea; in 2008 the Onufri International Contemporary Art Prize, Tirana, and in 2017 the MOROSO Prize, Italy. He was the artistic director of Mediterranea 18, the Young Artists Biennale from Europe and the Mediterranean, which took place for the first time in 2017 between Tirana and Durres. He is co-founder of the Harabel Contemporary Art Platform, Tirana. In 2019 he will be present in the Albanian Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – Venice Biennale.
He has exhibited at Passerelle, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Brest, (2018); Mostyn Gallery, Wales (2017); MuCEM, Marseille, (2016); Academie de France à Rome, Rome (2016); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2016); MSFAU Tophane-i Aime, Istanbul, (2016); Prometeogallery di Ida Pisani, Milan (2018; 2015; 2010); IV Bienal del Fin del Mundo, Chile (2015); Viafarini, Milan (2014); GAM, Turin (2013); White House Biennial, Athens (2013); KCCC, Klaipeda, Lithuania (2013); ZKM, Karlsruhe (2012); MUSAC, Castilla León (2012); TICA, Tirana (2012); Prague Biennale 5, Prague (2011); 98 weeks Project Space, Beirut (2011); Trongate 103, Glasgow (2011); National Gallery of Kosove, Prishtine (2010); Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genoa (2009); National Gallery of Tirana, (2008).