Romeo KODRA

Researcher-Artist / Lead Expert Adviser European Commission

Programme "Profession Culture" à l'INHA de 2016.

romikodra @ gmail.com

 

Romeo Kodra (Albania, 1977) is a visual arts and cultural researcher, artist, as well as Lead Expert Adviser of European Commission for the project of Cultural Cooperation Proramme. Until 2018 he has been living and working between South-Eastern Europe and Balkan region. From 2019, he resides and works in Espoo, Finland.

While his research is focused on generation of meaning and production of subjectivities in challenged spaces by arts and political power; his work is based on a practiced institutional critique as well as polyphonic conceptualization, creation and production of art and culture. His work takes inspiration from the cluster tone of the Albanian polyphonic tradition, Paul Klee's polyphonic paintings, Antonin Artaud's polylalies, Carmelo Bene's as well as Demetrio Stratos' researches on body and voice.

In 2016 he was Invited Researcher at INHA in the framework of the Programme Profession Culture supported by French Ministry of Culture and Communication. During his stay he researched and collected bibliographic material from the library of INHA, especially on the work of Paul Klee, history of boulevard as a dispositif of power; on representation of Albanian artists in France by French and Albanian representative institutions, during and after the dictatorship of proletariat; on institutional framework of French art institutions such as Centre Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo, INHA, Beton Salon, Villa Vassilieff, etc.

- "Romeo Kodra" interview with the author of "Drifting East: A journeyman's travelogue – exploring independent art and culture in Southeast Europe" Paul Voggenreiter, Materialverlag der HFBK Hamburg, 2020, pg. 84-94.

- “Skanderbeg Square and TID Tower, Tirana, Albania, by 51N4E”, in The Architectural Review, Issue 1454, Vol. CCIXLIV, September 2018.

- “Architectural Monumentalism in Transitional Albania”, Studia Ethnologica Croatica, Vol.29 No.1, Zagreb, Croatia, 2017.

- “The art from the Lascaux Caves to COD (Center for Openness and Dialogue). Discovering and discaverning Edi Rama” – DeMaterializacija umetnosti, Serbia, 2017.

- “Pyramidal Disclosure. Production of Artistic Subjectivity in Albania”, in “Heroes We Love. Ideology, Identity and Socialist Art in the New Europe“, Maribor Art Gallery Publication, Maribor, Slovenia, 2017.

- “Downside Up” – Arbër Elezi, Lori Lako, Igli Marion Exhibition’s catalogue, Tirana Art Lab Publications, Tirana, Albania, 2016.

- “Six Dramas – Harold Pinter” – dramatic adviser and editing, Pika pa Sipërfaqe, Tirana, Albania, 2016.

- “The Paper Canoe: A Guide to Theatre Anthropology” – translation (from Italian to Albanian) of Eugenio Barba’s book, Tirana, Albania 2015.

- “Red Punctum” – Catalogue’s text of workshop and exhibition of “Let Us start from the Middle”, Artists: Effi & Amir; Guest Artists: Ergin Zaloshnja, Matilda Odobashi, Driton Selmani, Era Tula and Pleurad Xhafa – Belgium 2015.

- “The Chronic” – Exhibition’s Catalogue – ZETA Gallery, Tirana, Albania, 2014.