Driant Zeneli: Maybe the Cosmos is not so Extraordinary. Albanian Pavilion – 58th International Art Exhibition. La Biennale di Venezia

2019
English and Albanian
146 pages
Softcover, 16 × 23 cm
ISBN: 9788867493678
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Edited by Alicia Knock

Texts by Leonardo Bigazzi, Claudia Buizza, Nicolas Chanon, Maja Ćirić, Daphnée Denis, Avni Dibra, Em’kal Eyongakpa, Marina Fokidis, Petrit Halilaj, Hiwa K, Binelde Hyrcan, Arion Hysenbegas, Alicia Knock, Harmony Korine, Hayoun Kwon, Jimena Mendoza, Lala Meredith-Vula, Thabang Monoa, Temitayo Ogunbiyi, Iheanyichukwu Onwuegbucha, Adrian Paci, Cesare Pietroiusti, Pratchaya Phinthong, Wilfriedo Prieto, Raqs Media Collective, Gabi Scardi, Emilija Škarnulyté, Monika Szewczyk, Lekë Tasi, Feodosiy Tetianych, The Alien, Thu Van Tran, Driant Zeneli, Martin Zet

“Although Maybe the cosmos is not so extraordinary takes on the appearance of fiction, both literary and fairytale like, the artist toys with its illusionism; he exploits the structure of a book and the topos (of travel literature, then of science fiction) of a group of adolescents’ voyage to elsewhere. Zeneli, ‘the guy who touched the sun’ and put the rainbow back in the sky, a constant explorer of failure and disappearance, plunges here into the depths of gravity. He attempts to bring out what is darkest and most secretive at the geological, economic and political level.”—Alicia Knock

Published on the occasion of the 58th Venice Biennale, Driant Zeneli—Maybe the cosmos is not so extraordinary is a catalogue edited by Alicia Knock which adopts the hybrid form of the “artist’s book” and reflects the multidisciplinary nature of Zeneli’s film and sculpture installation made for the Biennale, mixing a series of curatorial texts and works by other artists with a series of drawings that set the rhythm of the book by connecting the various contributions. Maybe the cosmos is not so extraordinary is a book that takes on the form of a literary and spiritual experience divided into separate chapters, ranging from the scientific projection of the cosmos as a space of experimentation and failure, to that of a space of folkloric and literary projection.

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“Although Maybe the cosmos is not so extraordinary takes on the appearance of fiction, both literary and fairytale like, the artist toys with its illusionism; he exploits the structure of a book and the topos (of travel literature, then of science fiction) of a group of adolescents’ voyage to elsewhere. Zeneli, ‘the guy who touched the sun’ and put the rainbow back in the sky, a constant explorer of failure and disappearance, plunges here into the depths of gravity. He attempts to bring out what is darkest and most secretive at the geological, economic and political level.”—Alicia Knock

Published on the occasion of the 58th Venice Biennale, Driant Zeneli—Maybe the cosmos is not so extraordinary is a catalogue edited by Alicia Knock which adopts the hybrid form of the “artist’s book” and reflects the multidisciplinary nature of Zeneli’s film and sculpture installation made for the Biennale, mixing a series of curatorial texts and works by other artists with a series of drawings that set the rhythm of the book by connecting the various contributions. Maybe the cosmos is not so extraordinary is a book that takes on the form of a literary and spiritual experience divided into separate chapters, ranging from the scientific projection of the cosmos as a space of experimentation and failure, to that of a space of folkloric and literary projection.