Realization of a series which aims to create a visual analysis on landscapes of the Ostrobothnia region and the relationship that it has with the community. I am particularly interested in the mutual relationship of the community with the environment, and also from an anthropological point of view I want to examine images, places, people, signs, and traces, between past and present. This project is kindly supported by Svenska Kulturfonden.
This series of works is based on an aesthetic research of shape, color, texture and abstract gestures. Using the canvas of much larger dimensions than those of the wooden board on which it is applied, the artist tried to make the canvas fit in around the wooden square by bending(folding) it in spontaneous and instinctive ways and shapes. In this way each work gives an unexpected result even for the artist himself. Everything is simply focus on the very basic elements of the painting.
Solo exhibition at Globe Art Point (Helsinki, Finland, November-December 2021). Displayed art: Challenging the Support series by Bekim Hasaj, 2021-22 Canvas on wooden boards with dimensions 30×30 cm / spray can colors on multi-folded canvases. The series is still a work in progress.
Art installation for Book - the Lafkan project, Vaasa City Library. Inauguration on 8th June 2022. Valentina Gelain & Bekim Hasaj, 2021-22 Handmade paper from recycled books, cotton threads, wax in a metal pool 130cm(b)x250cm(h)x130cm(d).
Group exhibition, curator Marcus Lerviks, pop-up space in Varastokatu 6, 65100 Vaasa (Finland, May-June 2022). Displayed art: Scanning Landscape Project by Bekim Hasaj, 2021-22 Mural painting site-specific acrylic on different material.
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Bekim Hasaj was born in Albania in 1990. After finishing his artistic high school in Tirana, he moved to Milan, Italy, where he graduated with full marks in Painting at Brera Academy of Fine Arts.
At the moment he lives in Finland, where he started the Art Life Project "Black Box Genesis" with his wife and artist Valentina Gelain.
His training, mainly pictorial, has always directed him to the analysis and study of color. His early works are characterized by gaudy, violently juxtaposed and overlapping tones. The brush strokes are decisive, expressive, strongly material.
Although he does not give up experimentation, which led him to explore fields such as sculpture, the artist continues to use the canvas as a favorite support to communicate his emotions.
The privileged subject is undoubtedly humans, in all its many and fragmentary facets.
Over the years his painting has undergone a slow but incessant process of evolution, traceable in the transition from realism to abstractionism.
Human figures have begun to split up and articulate; the same canvas has undergone profound changes.
A constant evolution of his works must also be observed; the artist likes to rethink and re-contextualize the work continuously. In fact, the initial idea is often only the starting point of a process that can ultimately lead to a radical transformation of the work undertaken.
At the moment the artist is looking for a closer dialogue between work and environment, between color and concept, in search of a new artistic balance.