“2006” is an online solo exhibition by Fani Zguro at PHROOM, Milan. The title “2006” illustrates the year the works presented in this project were produced. “Ex- terminators”, “U Turn”, “Selfportrait”, and “Early Works (Pour en finir avec le jugement de Dieu)“ were all made in the same year. After four years of abstinence, all of the works relate to Fani Zguro’s return to Milan and the launching of his new series of works (the repetition of the history as fake). In contrast to his early works (2000-2002: performances and installations), the series produced in 2006 are solely comprised of flat works. The artist underwent an arduous four-year-long process to transform each piece into a two-dimensional form. Abandoning public spaces, the work process in the studio had to be transformed into Zguro’s salaried work.
The works presented in “2006” (with texts by Sonja Lau and Bruno Muzzolini) have parallel stories with the diary of the Italian Communist Party, Oliver Stone’s “U Turn”, Rembrandt Van Rijn, and Antoine Artaud.
Fani Zguro was born in 1977 in Tirana. Lives and works in Berlin. 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. 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, 13th Biennale of Cairo, Ludwig Museum Budapest, Belvedere 21 – Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst Vienna, PalaisPopulaire Berlin, the New York Public Library and Centre Pompidou Paris.
Special thanks to Phroom, Giangiacomo Cirla, Matteo Cremonesi, Sonja Lau, Bruno Muzzolini, Steve Piccolo, Florian Agalliu, Christopher Milne