During the research phase of Baushtellë: Balkan Temple project Rron Quena, artist from Pristina, will exhibit for the first time in Belgrade, in Inex Gallery (Višnjička 76). The exhibition will be open from July 28th till the 5th of August, with the opening taking place at 20:00.
“I believe in what I see and what I see I try to convey to others through color.” Rron Qena
Rron is a painter, born and raised in Prishtina. Through his expressionist paintings he has established himself as a key figure in the contemporary Kosovar art scene. His works are sold internationally and have been exhibited in various European cities, such as Paris, Amsterdam, Leipzig and Berlin. Recently, he’s been spending his days at a hostel in Shkodra, Albania, where he does murals and works on his art.
Prishtina, Shkodra, Berat: all subjects of Rron’s most recent works. While moving around in these three cities, he finds his focus shifting to different phenomena which he experiences through the locations he chooses to frequent and paint.
Prishtina is known for its café culture. In two of the paintings done in this city, he brings forth the colors and vibes of “Dit’ e Nat’” and “Tingëll Tangëll,” both notable spots that have established a long-standing tradition of hosting the city’s alternative crowds. In time, Rron turns to self-reflection with “Në Pikturë” and to a peaceful slumber with “Rrugës për Gjumë” as a sort of resignation from the social aspect of Prishtina life.
Seeking newness takes the artist to Shkodra, Albania, where he proceeds to paint a “Conversation,” and “Stay Together” again taking place in a café. Soon he realizes that for him, Shkodra is more about nature, as represented by the beach in “Couple of Summer Trip,” the lake in “Liqeni i Shkodrës,” as well as a trip to the nearby “Shëngjin.”
In “Have it” and “Smoking Kiss,” Rron shows us his perspective of ‘Haveit,’ a Kosovar artist collective that visited him in Shkodra. The group have gained recognition for their brave protest-performances that tackle issues such as inequality.
Rron’s Albanian expedition also takes him to Berat, where it all becomes about history: the 14th Century church in “Kisha e Shën Triadhës,” the archaic streets and alleys in “Rrugicë në Berat” and “Rruga ‘Gjon Muzaka.’” Throughout this selection of paintings, Rron Qena acts as a city tour guide- a rather subjective, expressive and vibrant one.