Residency Unlimited


2018 | NYC | Artist

Remijon Pronja

AN DIE FREUDE' Nushid AlFarah Video HD, 3.08 min. 2016
Artist Name: Remijon Pronja
Residency Dates: October - November
Born: 1984
Hometown: Tirana, Albania
Lives & Works: Tirana, Albania

Education: 1999-2003 BFA the Artistic Lyceum “Jordan Misja”, Tirana MA; 2003-2011 MFA Fine Arts at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan

Bio / Statement:

Awarded the 2018 Ardhje / Young Visual Artists Award  for emerging visual artists in Albania, Remijon Pronja's practice encompasses videos, installations, paintings, and drawings that shed light on social issues and contemporary states of being such as phobias, homesickness, migration and sense of loss.

Pronja committedly examines human condition and as a way of bringing audience closer, he brings into play language, sound, and image through a supposedly inharmonious constellation, colliding the notions of familiarity and non-familiarity. Pronja intentionally creates this atmosphere of estranged situation that throws the audience out of their comfort zone by presenting them a scenario that pursues no expectable logic. Instead, this lack of harmony disrupts and disturbs our preconceived register of knowledge in order to open up our horizons onto some unexplored or unimaginable possibilities – how to think the Self and the Other as part of our common (human) condition at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

In 2012 Pronja co-founded the MIZA Galeri, an artist-run space in Tirana devoted to the promotion and support of emerging artists from Albania and abroad. Recent solo exhibitions include Inno alla Gioia, Galleria Opere Scelte, Torino (2018), Untitled in Allegro Moderato, Zeta Gallery, Tirana (2017), and rex anonymous, Ku(rz)nthalle Bregenz, Austria (2014). Selected group exhibitions include: Exgratia, Collezione Giuseppe Iannaccone, Milan (2018); Idromeno Award, Shkodër (2017); Mediterranea 18 Young Artists Biennale, Tirana (2017); The Whale That Was a Submarine, Ludwig Museum, Budapest (2015); Post Young Albanian Artists, Fondazione Museo Pino Pascali (2013); Onufri XIX: Perchance to Dream, National Art Gallery, Tirana (2012).Remijon is the winner of the 2018 Ardhje Award.

Zeta Gallery, Tirana, Albania
Galleria OPERE SCELTE, Torino, Italy

Support: Remijon Pronja's residency is made possible with support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding.