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Koncert në Vitin 2014

Artist: Conny Karlsson Lundgren

In 1978, the film Koncert në Vitin 1936 was produced within the Albanian communist system and can be interpreted as formulating a subtle critique of the system itself. The original film is inspired by the biography of the soprano Tefta Tashko-Koço (1910–1947) and at a defining moment in the film, two traveling women perform a traditional love song addressed to a woman. The scene’s reenactment by the young performer Lepurushja from the local LGBT rights organization Aleanca placed in the run down mausoleum Piramida, investigates the song’s connotations and how to create a process of identification in the absence of context and discourse.

Conny Karlsson Lundgren is a Swedish visual artist based in Stockholm. Through film, text, image and documents, he sheds light on the boundaries between social, political and private identities, and currently explores the potentiality of employing biographical counter narratives as tools for resistance. In various staged situations and revisited historical traces, he interlinks seemingly disparate phenomena, introducing alternative readings and queer moments in situations where they might not be present. The glitches and dislocations that arise harbor an intention to identify new perspectives and meanings. Karlsson Lundgren’s work has been widely exhibited, including Gothenburg Art Museum, Kunsthall Nikolaj Copenhagen, Gallery September Berlin, the 5th Berlin Biennale and a solo exhibition at Kalmar Art Museum in Sweden. He holds an MFA in Fine Arts from Valand Academy of Fine Arts in Gothenburg. In 2013 he participated in the IASPIS Studio Residency Program in Stockholm and during 2014–2015, he was enrolled at the Jan van Eyck Post Academic Studio Research Program in Maastricht, The Netherlands.

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