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Olson Lamaj (m)
Artist in Residence

Herkunftsland: Albanien
KKA-Residency: 2017
Webseite: http://olsonlamaj.com/

Porträt Foto Olson Lamaj
Porträt Foto Olson Lamaj
©Olson Lamaj
Born in 1985 in Tirana, Albania
Lives and works in Tirana

The artworks by Olson Lamaj act in real contexts to overwhelm or create disorder, seducing and hypnotizing the viewer. His research could be said ‘borrow-based’, where images and situations belonging to the community are ri-elaborated becoming reflections on human existential nature. Or they represent a sort of institutional critic without any judge on social and cultural dynamics of the milieu where the artworks are shown. Far from being nostalgic or plaintive, he basically acts as a fighter than as a victim. In his work there’s always an element typical of the parody, and this represents a Lamaj’s attitude expressed in a way similar to a “grin” rather than laughing. Highlighting the ambiguity or the two faces of the same ‘coin’, in his works he uses photography, video or installation. But they merely are functional means to convey a message than structural parts of his practice. In 2013 Lamaj was a co-founder of MIZA Gallery, an artist-run-space in the heart of Tirana that plays like an exhibiting vitrine for Albanian young artists to host and develop artistic projects the lectures in order to spark and increase the debate around the Albanian contemporary art scene.

2008-2010 M.A at Academy of Fine Arts Brera, Milano (Photography 2010)
2004-2008 Academy of Fine Arts, Florence (Painting 2008)

2010 GRAFI DI MEMORIA - MS gallery, Madrid (Spain)
2006 AT EAST OF INPOSSIBLE - Valentina Spata (curator) Vitervo (Italy)

First price at Ardhja award 2012 made by TICA- Tirana Institute of Contemporary Art

2012 ISCP/ iscp - International Studio & Curatorial Program , New York , USA

2013-2016 Co-fondeter and curater of artist run space MIZA gallery, Tirana, (Albania)
2013 Asistant curator of the national art competition ONUFRI price in Albania

“Contemporary Art in Albania and Kosovo” - curator Julia Fabényi - Ludwig Museum, Budapest (Hungary)
DARK CHAPTERS - cutated by Margarethe Makovec & Anton Lederer, < rotor >, GRAZ, (Austria)
Mbi Qiell Nen - duo exhibition , COD (center for open dialog), Tirana , (Albania)

THIS IS NOT A PALM TREEE - Neurotitan Schwarzenberg, Berlin, (Germany)
Sara Art Fair - Sarajevo Art Fair , Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Supermarket - Stockholm Independent Art Fair , Sweden
NATIONLESS [AUTONOMY/LIBERATION]- Youth Cultural Center (MKC), Skopje (Macedonia)

Aniversary exhibition - Robert Kananaj Gallery , Toronto Canada
POST YOUNG ALBANIA ARTIST - Antonio Frugis, Roberto Lacarbonara (curator), Fondazione Museo
Pino Pascali, Bari (Italy)

GJON MILI INTERNATION PHOTO EXHIBITION– Frits Grierstberg (curator), National Galery of Kosovo
KOl IDROMENO award – Zef Paci (curator), Shkodra Gallery, Shkodra (Albania)

HOT TABU– MIZA, Tirana, (Albania)
ARDHJA award – T.I.C.A , Tirana, (Albania)
ANDATA-RITORNO , Matilda Odobashi (curator) , Fap Gallery

ARDHJA award - FAB Gallery and Zeta Gallery, Tirana, (Albania) METRONOM -Modena, (Italy)

ONUFRI 2009 - Parid Teleferici (curator) National Art Gallery, Tirana (Albania)

ONUFRI 2007 - Rubens Shima (curator) National Art Gallery, Tirana (Albania)
INDEPENDENCE DAY - Elsa Martini (curator) National Art Gallery, Tirana (Albania)
Networking 2007 INTEGRATION AND CONFLICT- Giacomo Banzzani (curator) Florence (Italy)
GenovARTE 2007, II^ Biennale of Contemporary Art, Genova (Italy)
OUTSIDE PROJECT - Workshop Belgrade (Serbia)

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