Fani Zguro

Could Be

6 December 2018 - 5 January 2019

curated by Sergio Armaroli and Steve Piccolo

Overwriting by Steve Piccolo

Fani Zguro was born in 1977 in Tirana, and lives and works in Milan. Zguro graduated at the Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera in Milan (1998-2007). In 2007 he won the International Onufri Prize assigned by the National Gallery of Arts in Tirana; in 2016 the International Mulliqi Prize of the National Gallery of Kosovo in Pristina and the Best Video-Art award at TIFF (Tirana International Film Festival). Zguro was part of the AiR program for 2017 at Q21, Museumsquartier, Vienna. His work has been shown at Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest, Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Mediterranée Marseille, Filmoteca Espanola Madrid, Photo Museum Braunschweig, 2nd Tirana Biennale, 3rd Mardin Biennial, 4th Young Artists Biennial of Bucharest, 6th Çanakkale Biennial, Ludwig Museum Budapest, PalaisPopulaire Berlin, the New York Public Library and Centre Pompidou Paris.

Image: Fani Zguro, Could Be (detail), site-specific (light, sound), 2018, courtesy of the artist

Erratum is pleased to present Could Be, a solo project by Fani Zguro. The work is a site-specific installation based on a single factor: red light. Using red fluorescents, the space of Erratum is transformed into a completely red room, erasing any presence in a void “bombarded” by the color red – an ideal location for horror films. The red light Could Be a “code red” (consciousness, breathing, heartbeat, state of shock), the potential threat of immediate termination, demanding immediate medical attention. The red light Could Be a flash of memory, roaming the streets of De Wallen. The red light Could Be a version of Hollywood films that copy a film that copied another film, and so on…

COULD BE

 

The red light Could Be a ´code red´ (consciousness, breathing, heartbeat, state of shock), the potential threat of imminent termination, demanding immediate medical attention. 

 

The red light Could Be a flash of memory, roaming the streets of De Wallen. 

The red light Could Be a way to speed up metabolism.

 

The red light Could Be a version of Hollywood films that copy a film that copied another film, and so on…

 

The red light Could Be what is unforeseen in the application of logic.

 

The red light Could Be accidental. 

 

The red light Could Be the danger of going across, the danger of remaining halfway there, the danger of looking back, the danger of trembling and stopping.

 

The red light Could Be be otherwise as well.

A.C.A.S.

Black and white, sound

05' 28''

2011

Courtesy the artist 

"A.C.A.S." consists of a long process of editing, where I used old footage from 2004 to 2008 (no HD, only miniDVDs). It is just process like a long photoshop session, having lots of material to cut and manipulate, making everything from that source material. Then I did the same thing with the sound. I used an entire album by the Brazilian band Sepultura, mixing all the tracks together. It was a kind of collective bonding of images and sounds. I've always loved editing. For me it has always been a sort of translation, as in the crafting of a book.