All My Colours Turn to Clouds
The exhibition by Lek M. Gjeloshi starts from the idea of creating a space where the works are manifest only in light, meaning that of the projector as well as the luminous screen surfaces and illuminated volumes. It is creating monochromatic zones with a wealth of greys and where every step takes the visitor deeper into the Stimmung, or atmosphere, of a world in continuous transition even if the first impression is that almost nothing is happening. However, the seduction of the passage could easily slip into disappearance.
The title, All my Colours Turn to Clouds, is a short fragment of a song by the British Post-Punk group Echo & The Bunnymen contained in their album Heaven Up Here (1981). It proposes the vanishing of colours in a meteorological passage as an assumption.
The exhibition included – among others – two new video works:
Untitled #2 opens on a place known as Rana e hedhun (known in Italian as la sabbia gettata or strewn sand), a zone of the north-western Adriatic coastline in Albania characterized by a suddenly oblique alignment of the sand that distinguishes (and separates) it from the surrounding environment. This is also the starting point for the video with an uncut black and white sequence in which the flow is marked only by the presence of a wayfarer and the camera shot which follows the oblique plane of the dune rather than the (natural) line of the sea, completely overturning its horizon line as well.
In Unknown, the author takes us to another place, a village called Guri i zi (known in Italian as la pietra nera or the black rock), just outside of the city of Shkodër. The central part of this place is built around an outcropping of black stone, the origin of the place name. Despite the intimate connection between its volume and the habitations, its outlandish nature remains estranged in its surroundings. In fact, the word itself has retained the same meaning from archaic times and refers to something strange about a foreigner and his anonymous land. Some opinions, mostly popular credence, believe the stone is a meteorite.
Lek M. Gjeloshi, Nottetempo, 2016, video, scene 1
Lek M. Gjeloshi, Nottetempo, 2016, video, scene 2
Lek M. Gjeloshi, Nottetempo, 2016, video, scene 3
Lek M. Gjeloshi, Nottetempo, 2016, video, scene 4
Lek M. Gjeloshi
Lek M. Gjeloshi was born in Shkodër, Albania in 1987. He graduated from the Fine Arts Academy of Florence in 2010. His work has been shown in several solo and group exhibitions since 2007. In 2016 he was the winner of Ardhje Award for Young Visual Artists, organized by TICA – Tirana Institute of Contemporary Art in Albania. In 2018 he was artist-in-residence at Residency Unlimited in New York.