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Anila Rubiku
updated: 09/02/2009
website: http://anilarubiku.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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A night light in Taipei
What do they want these two?
Mastering  freedom # 1
Mastering Freedom  installation
Things will lool better in the morning
Red chandelier
Houses of the rising sun
On a Tokujin Yoshioka's Bouquet
Installation in the gallery Sunsex in Arizona
Sunsex in Arizona
A man on the potty and cactus ballance
A poem on top of a cactus
Milan - Tokyo a round trip
One night only video installation 2008 Taliesin West FLW Foundation
The 16 ways
 
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A night light in Taipei by Anila Rubiku
A night light in Taipei
Sewn paper, White cardboard, light implant, green tea smell.
2006
350" x  450"  x 430" 
What do they want these two? by Anila Rubiku
What do they want these two?
Sewing on white cardboard, light implant inside.
2007
117 " x  100 "  x 91" 
Mastering  freedom # 1 by Anila Rubiku
Mastering freedom # 1
Sewn paper
2006
56" x  76" 
Mastering Freedom  installation by Anila Rubiku
Mastering Freedom installation
Sewn paper
2006
156" x  210" 
Things will lool better in the morning   by Anila Rubiku
Things will lool better in the morning
Sewn paper & hole puncher
2006
31" x  21" 
Red chandelier by Anila Rubiku
Red chandelier
Sewn paper & hole puncher
2006
31" x  21" 
Houses of the rising sun  by Anila Rubiku
Houses of the rising sun
Sewn Paper, light implant,
2005
Dimensions variable
On a Tokujin Yoshioka's Bouquet  by Anila Rubiku
On a Tokujin Yoshioka's Bouquet
Sewing on Paper
2009
056" x  076 " 
Installation in the gallery Sunsex in Arizona by Anila Rubiku
Installation in the gallery Sunsex in Arizona
sewn lòeather, video installation, sound
2009
Dimensions variable
Sunsex in Arizona by Anila Rubiku
Sunsex in Arizona
Sewn leather
2009
138 " x  200" 
A man on the potty and cactus ballance  by Anila Rubiku
A man on the potty and cactus ballance
Sewing on Paper
2009
56" x  76 " 
A poem on top of a cactus  by Anila Rubiku
A poem on top of a cactus
Sewing on Paper
2009
56" x  76 " 
Milan - Tokyo a round trip  by Anila Rubiku
Milan - Tokyo a round trip
50 round frame emroidery
2006
Dimensions variable
One night only video installation 2008 Taliesin West FLW Foundation by Anila Rubiku
One night only video installation 2008 Taliesin West FLW Foundation
Video installation, paper, sound,
2008
Dimensions variable
The 16 ways by Anila Rubiku
The 16 ways
Sewing on Paper
2007
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement
anila rubiku Figures of women, active and uninhibited, domestic settings made up of superfluous flooring, chairs and designer objects that fill interiors. Walls of houses containing the signs of everydayness. Tables covered with lace and red shoes forgotten in a corner. Women resting upon the backs of horses as if to train them. People in search of a better place. These are the things that appear in my works. In 2004, when I was invited to take part in the group show Colours of Albania in the World, at the National Gallery of Arts in Tirana, I performed with my mother, embroidering in an “art space.” Embroidery is a simple and humble medium, practically forgotten in Albania, but which has for generations been a part of my roots and family history, made up of women and a feminine sensibility, in a society where men call all the shots. This was the beginning of the thread and needle in my work. It is also the main thread of my past, present and future, perhaps. In the show Place for the Self (2004), at apexart, New York, curated by Amnon Barzel, I presented an installation consisting of 24 embroidered lace pillows.Since I love paper a lot, especially handmade paper, in my most recent works I chose to embroider paper instead of fabric. I experimented: a stitch today, a knot tomorrow, a story embroidered as if narrated on a sheet of Amalfi paper. It’s not that usual to embroider paper, but this absurdity interests me. The very gesture of perforating paper is important for me. Piercing or digging into lightness—nothing more. I’m interested in the study and preparation that precedes a work. Paper, with its two-dimensional and white surface, becomes something else once it’s embroidered. The very moment I mark or make holes in the paper, delicately or with force, there’s no turning back. Everything has to be taken into account, beforehand. This is also the case with trips, but, at times, I get lost, though without ever forgetting my destination. My work is made up of bodkins, a needle and thread, drawings: humble, but precious materials. What matters the most is the time I dedicate to it.

Artist Bio / CV

Born in Durres (Albania), 1970. Lives and works in Milan.e-mail: anila_rubiku@hotmail.com

In 1994 she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Tirana and moved to Italy to study at the Academy of Brera, Milan and graduated in 2000.
Solo Exhibitions
2008 Panoramic Landscapes, Herzliya Museum Israel.
The 16 ways, Gallery Braverman By Art Projects. Tel Aviv, Israel.
Gallery Alessandro Bagnai. Florence, Italy.

2006 Something in common Gallery Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, Germany.
Getting lost in Venice it's wonderful Gallery Traghetto. Venice, Italy. 2005 Object of Desire, Gallery The Flat - Massimo Carasi. Milan, Italy.

2004 Viaggio/Trip Studioventicinque, Milan, Italy.

Group Exhibitions
2008

Mediations Biennale. Un voyage sentimentale 1st Poznan Biennial, Poland .*
The – Bearable Lightness of being- The metaphor of the space, Palazzo Pesaro Papafava., 11th 11th International Architecture Biennale Venice, Italy.*
Emergenze Creative MAR Museo d’Arte della Città di Ravenna, Italy.

Micro narratives, Museum of Sant Etiene. France

The thread as the line: Contemporary sewn art, Ellipse Arts Centre, Arlington, Virginia, USA

Women’s Images/Frauenbilder, Kunsthalle Lingen, Germany.
2007

Ouverture. Privat tales, Hungarian Academy Rome - Palazzo Dei Falconieri, Rome. Italy (Curated by Achille Bonito Oliva & Lorand Hegyi).
48th October Art Salon Belgrade, Serbia. Yugoslavia.

Just in Time, Gallery Riccardo Crespi, Milan. Italy.

2006

L'immagine sottile, Galleria Communale d'Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone. Monfalcone, Italy.

Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2006, Japan. *
Das Pferd erzählen, Kunsthalle, Göppingen. Germany.

Travelling Light. Nothing to lose, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA

2005

Viaggio leggero, Niente da perdere, Galleria d’Arte della Provincia di Modena, Chiesa di San Paolo, Modena. Italy.