NOTES TO A DEPUTY
CREDITS:Conceived and Edited by Valentina Bonizzi Produced by COD, Prime Minister's Office, Tirana. Image cover 'Prime Minister's Office Building in construction' 1941, Istituo Luce, courtesy Central State Archive, Tirana, Albania.
How can art offer a model or simply a space of reflection for the development of micro sustainable socio-economies?
As I began to work as artist and research associate at the Centre for Openness and Dialogue (COD), a governmental agency inside the Prime Minister Office Building in Tirana (Albania), I questioned how contemporary art could function inside the same architecture that hosts political decision making. While living in Tirana I became interested in local social entrepreneurs and I soon understood there was a discontent on how a recently approved law was regulating their identity.
For one of COD’s exhibition spaces I composed the drawing 1+1=11 which represents Law 65 on Social Entrepreneurs in Albania portrayed as a constellation. During the process, the drawing became the testimony of a series of public and more anarchic dialogues that I activated inside and outside the institution with the participation of social entrepreneurs in Albania as well as interventions made in collaboration with contemporary artists working with relational and laboratory based practices and an informal group of activists.
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