Material Talk – Endri Dani


Endri Dani, artist and participant of the Styria-Artist-in-Residence (St.AiR) spoke about his artistic practise and current projects online via ZOOM

During this presentation, Dani talked about his practice which meets with his idea about the notion of ‘vernacular’ productive, like gathering a living archive of collective gestures and memory to be passed over. But what is passed over is not so much the craft or object making than the intimate gestures – often important but also often muted – in collective memory processes. Some of his work aiming at dissolving the motif/legibility to reveal the gesture itself. This method aims at creating formally minimal works capturing a poetry of gestures, stepping away from the vernacular as image/folklore.

Material Talk – Endri Dani:


Endri Dani was born in 1987 in Shkodra, Albania. He studied at the University of Arts in Tirana from 2006-2010 and currently lives and works in Tirana. He is co-founder of MIZA Galeri, an artist-run space in Tirana dedicated to emerging artists from the Balkan/Mediterranean region. His recent work has been deeply oriented towards anthropological research, focusing on the predicaments of local identity in the era of globalization and underlying paradoxes, particularly as they manifest themselves in material and consumer culture. Dani’s work has been exhibited in the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India (2016); Bienal del Fin del Mundo, Argentina (2015); Marrakech Biennale 5, Marrakech (2014), as well as in museums such as the Centre Pompidou, Metz (2020); The Isreal Museum Jerusalem (2019); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2016); MuCEM, Marseille (2016); Ludwig Museum-Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest (2016); The Pino Pascali Museum Foundation, Italy (2015) and the National Art Gallery, Tirana among others.