Innumerable Petals

Innumerable Petals

Zeta Contemporary Art Center

Agron Dine, Vaditja e Luleve, (Watering Flowers), 1981. Oil Painting, 240x180 cm. Courtesy of Pallati i Kulturës (Palace of Culture), Tirana, Albania. Photo: Zeni Alia.

March 15, 2024
Innumerable Petals
April 4–May 5, 2024
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ZETA Contemporary Art Center
Abdyl Frashëri Street, Nd.8, H.7, Ap.4 (2nd floor)
Hekla Center
1019 Tirana
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Co-curated by Endri Dani and Markus Waitschacher. 

Participating artists: Abi Shehu, Agron Dine, Alfred Lenz, Fatlum Doçi, Lumturi Blloshmi, Marianne Lang, Remijon Pronja, Rosella Pelliccioti (Was bleibt kollektiv / Gentian Doda), Ryts Monet, Susanna Hofer, zweintopf.

Innumerable Petals brings together six Albanian artists and five Austrian artists in an exhibition which will be held in three locations in Tirana: ZETA Contemporary Art Center, ZENIT Art Gallery and Agimi Art Center. The curatorial orientation of this exhibition has its starting point in a casual encounter with a painting by the Albanian artist Agron Dine (b. 1948, Vlora), a painting that currently decorates one of the public institutions in the capital of Albania. The subject of this artwork is several young people who are watering healthy, blooming flowers in one of the city’s parks. In the background of this landscape, a cluster of industrial buildings evidences the sharp contrasts between organicity and an idealized and alienated future that represents the modality of perception and imagination in the 20th century.

Throughout human history, artists and thinkers alike have tried—as best they could—to understand the origin of living phenomena. In this collective exhibition, flowers (and other natural elements) serve as a catalyzing force embodying the concepts elaborated by the participating artists. Flowers function here as an analogy for the origin: the origin of fruits, of seeds, of forests, of all the history of material culture derived from the wood of those forests (from prehistory down to our present), and today flowers still possess great symbolic power—whether in mythology, religion, art, or politics.

The use of flowers as a metaphor for the origin, for the genesis or beginning (the Big Bang effect), likewise suggests the terminological metaphor of the flowering of the new economies of the global South and their forms of contact and confrontation with the old, capitalist countries of the West.

Austria’s historical background—belonging to a Western European context—is characterized by a specific register of practices of domination. Whereas Albania, a small territory that had previously been occupied by several empires, would become completely isolated in the 20th century, experiencing acute limitations on autonomy imposed by the policy-making class (the Communist Party leaders and administrators). The developments of the 21st century are now homogenizing the fragmented modes of dominance of the past, pushing towards a planetary imperialism under the aegis of the term proposed by the academic world of the last century—universal capitalism.

This contemporary weakening of past modes of domination (for certain societies with an imperialist history), and the centralization of financial resources in a particular region of the globe, need not produce geopolitical fragmentation. Instead, it should generate new limbs or new buds of solidarity that might liberate society’s emotional sphere (as part of a unified social body) from the oppression of financial capitalism.

The very title of the exhibition, Innumerable Petals, aims to weaken the dominance of numerical entities in the contemporary world. At the same time, the analogy of the flower as an origin provides the works on view with an organic vision of social progress, since the fertile dimensions of the organic universe have inspired the artists with morphologies and fantastic metamorphoses, revealing the intelligence of a non-human world mostly ignored by the human rationality that has brought us to the present chaos.

The fragility of the living world, and the title of the exhibition, raise a question that is as naïve as it is poetic: Isn’t it a sin to count a flower’s petals?

This exhibition is part of Imagine Dignity, a flagship project of Austria’s international cultural activities, supported by the Styria region with primary sponsor Land Steiermark, Department 9 Culture, Europe, SportsImagine Dignity strives to contribute in shaping the future with artistic visions, creative ideas, and fascinating formats of dialogue between the arts, sciences, and economy.

In the fall of this year, this exhibition will travel to Austria.

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