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BEKIM HASAJ

Born in Bajram Curri, Albania, 1990. Currently based in Bergö - Malax, Finland.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

2010–2014: Bachelor degree in Visual Arts from Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan (Italy), score of 110/110.

2005–2009: Diploma from J. Misja High School of Art, Tirana (Albania), score of 10/10.

ARTIST RESIDENCY

Curated by Artist Residency Swap & Finnish Institute in UK and Ireland, Dublin, Ireland, March 2022.

Upcoming residency:

Moskosel Creative Lab, Moskosel, Sweden, 2024.

GRANTS (selection)

Svensk-Österbottniska Samfundet, project grant, 'The Shell Cracked', 2024; Svenska Kulturfonden, travel grant, 2022; Arts Promotion Center Finland-Taike, working grant (two months), 2022; Svenska Kulturfonden, working grant, project 'Scanning Landscape', 2021.

Working group:

Svensk-Österbottniska Samfundet, project grant, 'Translucid Skins - vibrations of us', 2023-2024; Eugène, Elisabeth och Birgit Nygréns stiftelse, project grant, exhibition, 2023; Bröderna Gröndahls Stiftelse, project grant, exhibition, 2023; Närpes City Cultural Grant, project grant, mural opening event, 2023; Svensk-Österbottniska Samfundet, project grant, public art, 2023; Svenska Kulturfonden, project grant, exhibitions promotion, 2022; Bröderna Gröndahls Stiftelse, project grant, installation - public art, 2022; Svenska Kulturfonden-Frans Henriksson fund, development project, public art, 2022; Svensk-Österbottniska Samfundet, project grant, exhibitions promotion, 2021-2022; Vaasa City Cultural Grantproject grant, installation - public art, 2021; Svenska Kulturfonden, project grant, installation - public art, 2021; Svenska Kulturfonden, project grant, art space - exhibitions, 2020; Vaasa City Cultural Grant, project grant, art space maintenance, 2020.

HONOURS AND AWARDS (selection)

Top ten Finalist, Exibart Prize 2023-24 (Rome, Italy); Selected, Yicca Art Prize 23/24, Aps MOHO (Udine, Italy); Top ten Finalist, Exibart Prize 2022-23 (Rome, Italy); Selected, 'RINart', Tirana International Contemporary Festival 2022 (Tirana, Albania); Selected, Who I am, VIZart International Biennale 2019 (Tirana, Albania); Winners, CCSA (under 35) open call, Crema Municipality with the collective La Faretra, (Crema, Italy, 2019).

EXHIBITIONS (selection):

Yö Fest vol.4, 4.3 'Fishes of the paradise city', Yö Galleria (Helsinki, Finland, March-May 2024); Yicca Art Prize 23/24, curators Massimo Toffolo & Margherita Jedrzejewska, Luciana Matalon Foundation (Milan, Italy, January 2024); 'Dripping Cavities', duo exhibition, coordinator Silvia Rinne, Vaasa City Art Gallery- Vaasa City Museums (Finland, November 2023-January 2024); 'Papertopia', duo exhibition, Vaasa City Library (Vaasa, Finland, June 2023); Collision Festival, Collision Art Collective, Gammal Brandkårshuset (Jakobstad, Finland, May 2023); 'Dripping Cavities’, duo exhibition, curator Anni Fahler, Galleria Albert IX (Helsinki, Finland, January 2023); 'New Beginnings' Festival, Malakta Art Factory (Malax, Finland, September 2022); 'Offside #1', Offside, curator Marcus Lerviks, pop-up space in Varastokatu 6, 65100 Vaasa (Finland, May-June 2022); 'RINart', Tirana International Contemporary Festival, VIZart, National Historical Museum & COD (Tirana, Albania, May 2022); Pasila Urban Art Center (Helsinki, Finland, March-April 2022); 'Dripping Cavities', duo exhibition, Makers' Gallery (Vaasa, Finland, December 2021); 'Challanging the Support', solo show, G.A.P.-Globe Art Point (Helsinki, Finland, November-December 2021); 'The Body Lenguage', Itsliquid Group, The ROOM Contemporary Art Space and Palazzo Albrizzi Capello (Venice, Italy, March 2021); 'Wall Mania', Black Box Genesis art space (Vaasa, Finalnd, 2020); 'Terminal', curator Stefano Monti, Sale Agello (Crema, Italy, December 2019); 'Who I Am', VIZart International Biennal 2019 of Self-portrait, National Historical Museum (Tirana, Albania, September 2019); 'Untitled', solo show, Black Box Genesis art space (Vaasa, Finland, April-May 2019); 'Le Forme Dell'Uomo', curator Giuliana Nuvoli, La Casa delle Artiste (Milan, Italy, November 2018); 'Le Bestie di Brera', collective La FaretraSala Birolli (Verona, Italy, September 2018).

EVENTS (selection):

'Deep-Scape', site-specific video/visual art event, Bock's Corner Village (Vaasa, Finland, 24th February 2024); Performative acts during the day, 'Dripping Cavities' duo exhibition, Vaasa City Art Gallery-Vaasa City Museums (12th December 2023); Finnish Painters' Association Sales Event at Cable Factory (Helsinki, Finland, March 2023); Konstrundan 2022, Malakta Art Factory (Malax, Finland, September 2022); Konstrundan 2021, online exhibition 'Virtual Walls? Virtual Murals¿' by Black Box Genesis / Open studio, Malakta art Factory (Malax, Finland, September 2021); Konstrundan 2020, open studio, Black Box Genesis (Vaasa, Finland, September 2020); Vaasa-Night of Arts, 'Glitch-sorry, there is interference' urban installation (Vaasa, Finland, 8th August 2019); Vaasa-Night of Arts, 'Living Painting' performance (Vaasa, Finland, 9th August 2018); Burning Art Festival, 'Deeps Smoke' performace, Malakta Art Factory (29th September 2018).

Others:

‘Studio Visit’ on ‘Grandi Stazioni Retail’ project by Exibart, video presentation on monitors in the main Italian stations (Italy, 27th May-2nd June 2024).

Next Exhibition/Event:

'The Shell Cracked', duo exhibition, Gallery 3H+K (Pori, Finland, January 2025).

COLLABORATIONS / PROJECTS  (selection)

Awake’ mural painting for D.P.A.R.A. pilot (Övermark, Finland, April-June 2023); 'Unfolding thoughts - Requiem of a phoenix', public art installation for 'Book - the Lafkan project' (Vaasa City Library, Finland, 2021-22); 'Click', mural painting for WIC-Wasa Innovation Center (Vaasa, Finland, August-September 2021 / June 2022 ); 'Mural Rural' Festival 2021, selected artist, Art in Malakta rf (Malax, Finland,  autumn 2020, postpone to spring 2021); Vaasa Arts Night 2020, mural painting for the 30° anniversary (Finland, August 2020); Vaasa Arts Night 2019, art installation 'Glitch - sorry, there is interference' (Finland, August 2019); Creation of sacred painting 'La Madre Nostra' in collaboration with Fondazione Michetti and the Academy of Fine Art of Brera (Italy, 2013-2014).

BIBLIOGRAPHY (selection)

Interview by Kirsi Koivuporras, Magazine Y 1/24 (March 2024); 'Yicca 23/24', International Contest of Contemporary Artdigital and printed catalog, publisher - Aps MOHO (1st December 2023); Interview by Elsa Barbieri about 'Dripping Cavities' exhibition, Exibart (12 November 2023); '222 Artisti emergenti su cui investire / 2024', book, curator Cesare Biasini Selvaggi, publisher - Exibart (Rome, Italy, 12th October 2023); 'Exibart Prize 2022-23', finalists' digital catalog, publisher - Exibart (27th July 2023); Offside #1, online exhibition archive (May 2022); ‘RINart’, Tirana Contemporary Art Festival, exhibition catalog, publisher - VIZart (Tirana, Albania, May 2022); Globe Art Point online exhibition archive (17th December 2021); Article about 'Mural Rural' Festival by Clara Amodeo, Another Scratch In The Wall (Milan, Italy, 31st August 2021); Interview and online article by Luca Curci, Itsliquid Group (8th April 2021); Interview and photo documentation about 'Growing' mural painting, 'Mural Rural' project, for the Vaasa Museum Archive by Silvia Rinne (Vaasa, Finland, May 2021); Interview and photo documentation about Vaasa Arts Night Mural Painting for the Vaasa Museum Archive by Silvia Rinne (Vaasa, Finland, September 2020); Participation in the television program, workshop and interview for Yle Strömsö (Finland, October 2020); Interview, article and video documentation by Vaasa City cultural department, about the Mural for Vaasa Arts Night 2020 (Vaasa, Finland, 1st September 2020); Radio interview and article by Yle cultural section (Vaasa, Ostrobothnia, Finland, 31st July 2020); 'Who I Am', VIZart International Biennale 2019 of Self-portrait, exhibition catalog, publisher - VIZart (Tirana, Albania, September 2019); Video documentation by Crem@online and article by Cultura Crema about 'Terminal' group exhibition (Crema, Italy, December 2019).

PUBLICATIONS 

'Taide', Yö Lehti #4, edited by Henrik Pathirane and Atte Karttunen, Yö ry (Helsinki, Finland, 2023); 'Public Art in Rural Areas', Ostrobothnian Regional Museum's Cultural Blog (Vaasa, Finland, 2nd May 2023).

ARTIST TALKS

Dripping Cavities’ duo exhibition, finissage, (Vaasa, Finland, 4th January 2024); 'Papertopia', duo exhibition, Vaasa City Library (Vaasa, Finland, 15th June 2023); Artist Talk, three meetings with the students of Vasa övningsskola, about the mural commissioned by Vaasa City (Vaasa, Finland, September 2020); Invitation, Malakta Art Factory (Malax, Finland, 27th June 2019).

WORKSHOPS

'Kroki-Figure Drawing', with a live model, Art Saturday by Art in Malakta rf (Malax, Finland, 20th April 2024); 'Figure Drawing', workshop on the analysis and drawing of the human anatomy, with a live model, in collaboration with Regnbågsallians rf and Art in Malakta rf (Malax, Finland, 16th November 2023); 'Papertopia' exhibition, handmade paper workshopco-host Jenni Österlund, Vaasa City Library (Vaasa, Finland, 29th June 2023); Online Workshop 'Monotype', co-host Susanne MarinsArt Saturday by Art in Malakta rf (Malakta Art Factory, Malax, Finland, 2nd May 2020); Handmade Paper Workshopco-host Valentina Gelain, Art Saturday by Art in Malakta rf (Malakta Art Factory, Malax, Finland, 14th December 2019).

ORGANIZATIONS

August 2023 – Present, Artists' Association of Finland - Artist Register;

August 2023 – Present, Member of Suomen Taideyhdistys  (Finland);

April 2023 – Present, Board Member of Globe Art Point ry (Finland);

November 2022 – Present, Member of Yö ry (Finland);

February 2022 – Present, Artists Bank of Rakennustieto rts sr;

January 2022 – Present, Member of Finnish Painters' Union ry (Finland);

February 2021 – Present, Full Member of Globe Art Point ry (Finland);

January 2021 – Present, Client of Kuvasto ry Visual Arts' Copyright Society (Finland);

May 2019 – September 2023, Board Member of Art in Malakta rf (Finland);

August 2022 – April 2023, Vice Member of the Board for Globe Art Point ry (Finland).

WORK EXPERIENCE (selection)

October 2023 – Present: Art director of the publication on the History of Malakta, in collaboration with Art in Malakta rf, working group: Heidi von Wright and Magdalena Lindroos.

August 2021 – Present: Co-manager of Black Box Genesis art space (online and pop-up events).

May 2018 – Present: Black Box Genesis Co-founder as Visual Artist, Creative Freelancer & Cultural worker. Visual artists and visual art experts | Organisation of exhibition and cultural events | Planning and management of projects, including long-term ones | Collaborations

February 2024: Guest teacher at Novia University to hold an intensive workshop on handmade paper, for second/third-year visual art students. The position is shared with colleague Valentina Gelain (Jakobstad, Finland).

October – November 2023: Guest teacher at Novia University to hold the course Ateljestudier 7, for second-year visual art students. The position is shared with colleague Valentina Gelain (Jakobstad, Finland).

September – October 2022: Manager of Mural Rural project and Assistant Curator of New Beginnings Festival exhibition by Art in Malakta rf (Malax, Finland).

October – November 2021: Art Course at Malakta Art Factory (Malax, Finalnd).

April 2020 – August 2021: Co-organizer and Artists Coordinator of Mural Rural Festival for Art in Malakta rf  (Malax, Finland).

June 2018 – July 2021: Co-manager of Black Box Genesis art space (Vaasa, Finland).

23rd September 2020: Guest Artist in Yle Strömsö for an episode on the monotype technique (Vaasa, Finland), areena.yle.fi | article.

2014–2017: Freelance Artist (Milan, Italy).

2011–2014: Assistant for Remo Salvadori (Milan, Italy).

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