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Genti Korini

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Genti Korini explores the manner in which forms are created and how their cultural backgrounds and social contexts shape them. The works are greatly informed by the architecture Korini's hometown of Tirana, Albania, as it was (re)shaped during the 1980s and 1990s. Evoking turn-of-the-century art movements such as Constructivism, Modernism, and Suprematism, it is no mistake that Genti’s works remind the viewer of imagined Eastern bloc architecture; these are representations of the monolithic structures and the often impossible, geometric forms intended to mirror early 20th-century utopian ideals. Unlike some of the Modernist works that inspire him, Korini imbues his paintings with a unique sense of forceful dynamism and divergent dimensionality through his use of color, shape, and line. Decorative aspects of buildings, urban spaces, and the new architecture itself are hereby represented as a visual facet of the larger language of expression, which is intrinsically connected to the imaginary dimension of power (its dream-space or virtual space). Korini’s examination of this trend reverberates throughout his works from inception to completion; he builds upon the composition with cumulative layers of color that mirror the ever-changing nature of social, political, and economic landscapes.

Cultural exchange programs between the US and Central and Eastern Europe since 1990


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