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T.I.C.A – Tirana Institute of Contemporary Art, Albanien

T.I.C.A is the first centre for contemporary art in Tirana. It offers a much needed permanent platform for Albanian and international contemporary art in Albania. During the last years, the Albanian scene has thrived with various events of different size or quality. The Tirana Biennale has been Albania's most ambitious art event, however a biennale only takes place every second year and this leads to a serious discontinuity in the art scene that also suffers from a highly limited institutional respective private support. T.I.C.A has thus been an important complement to support a vital art scene on a more continuous basis through a diverse program supported by a light and flexible organizative structure that has allowed for exhibitions, film screenings and performance events as well as to create a forum for discussions and debates about art, politics and power. Another important function of T.I.C.A is it's international A.I.R. program. The residency program is important as the first structure to offer support and encouragement to promising local artists and for enabling cross-cultural exchange in the Balkan region and beyond, as a response to the lost communication that has led to a nationalistic misuse of culture. T.I.C.A supports artistic productions, the establishment of an archive of contemporary art in Albania and a reference library on international contemporary art. A great awareness and a strong engagement in gender-related questions and concerns will also permeate the activity of T.I.C.A. The institution wants to reintroduce culture as one of the most effective ways in pushing for critical thinking in relation to the contemporary conditions and wants to create an independent platform for socio-politically engaged contemporary art.
T.I.C.A. AIR Lab residency presentation © T.I.C.A. 2012
Installation Shot "NEVER" by Armando Lulaj © T.I.C.A. 2012
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Pall 89, Sh. A, Kati 12
1000 Tirana