First published in: On One Side of the Same Water. Artistic Practices between Tirana and Tangier, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, 2012
Edi Hila, born in Shkoder in 1944 is a painter and lives in Tirana. Since 1991 he has been a professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Tirana Arts Academy (AFA). Hila has developed a painterly practice which reflects the urban and human transitions in recent history. He participated at Venice Biennal (1999), After the Wall Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart in Berlin (1999), and documenta 14 in Kassel. In 2019 the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw presented his first extensive retrospective, in 2020/2021 the Sezession in Vienna dedicated a solo show to his paintings.