BEKIM HASAJ

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

Artist of Malakta Art Factory.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

 

2010–2014: Bachelor degree in Painting from Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan (Italy), obtained a score of 110/110, with the thesis Tutte le facce dell’Io. Skills in visual arts, art history and painting.

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

ARTIST RESIDENCY

 

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

GRANTS

 

Svensk-Österbottniska Samfundet (SÖS), developement project, public art, 2022; Taiteen edistämiskeskus-Taike, working grant (two months), 2022; Svenska Kulturfonden, project grant, exhibitions promotion, 2022; Bröderna Gröndahls Stiftelse, project grant, installation - public art, 2022; Svenska Kulturfonden - Frans Henriksson fond, developement project public, 2022; Svensk-Österbottniska Samfundet (SÖS), 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, working grant, project Scanning Landscape, 2021; Svenska Kulturfonden, project grant, art space - exhibitions, 2020; Vaasa City Cultural Grant, project grant, art space maintenance, 2020.

HONOURS AND AWARDS (selection)

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

Personal Exhibitions:

Challanging the Support at G.A.P.-Globe Art Point (Helsinki, Finland, November-December 2021); Untitled at Black Box Genesis art space (Vaasa, Finland, April-May 2019).

Group Exhibitions (selection):

'New Beginnings' Festival, Malakta Art Factory (Malax, Finland, September 2022); Konstrundan 2022, 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); Finnish Painters' Association Art Fair, online & at Cable Factory (Helsinki, Finland, February - April 2022); Pasila Urban Art Center (Helsinki, Finland, March-April 2022); 'Dripping Cavities', Makers' Gallery (Vaasa , Finland, December 2021); Konstrundan 2021, online exhibition 'Virtual Walls? Virtual Murals¿' by Black Box Genesis / Open studio, Malakta art Factory (Malax, Finland, September 2021); 'The Body Lenguage', Itsliquid Group, at The ROOM Contemporary Art Space and Palazzo Albrizzi Capello (Venice, Italy, March 2021); Konstrundan 2020, open studio, Black Box Genesis (Vaasa, Finland, September 2020); 'Wall Mania', Black Box Genesis art space (Vaasa, Finalnd, 2020); 'Terminal', curator Stefano MontiSale Agello (Crema, Italy, December 2019); 'Who I Am', VIZart International Biennal 2019 of Self-portrait, National Historical Museum (Tirana, Albania, September 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).

Upcoming Exhibitions:

'Dripping Cavities’, duo exhibition, curator Anni Fahler, Galleria Albert IX (Helsinki, Finland) January 2023); 'Dripping Cavities', duo exhibition, Vaasa City Art Gallery (Finland, November 2023-January 2024).

COLLABORATIONS / PROJECTS  (selection)

'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); 'Burning Art' Festival 2018, performance 'Deep Smoke', Malkta Art Factory (Malax, Finland, September 2018); Vaasa Arts Night 2018, performance 'Living Painting', Black Box Genesis art space (Vaasa, Finland, August 2018)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)

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).

ARTIST TALKS AND WORKSHOP

Artist Talkthree meetings with the students of Vasa övningsskola, about the mural commissioned by Vaasa City (Vaasa, Finland, September 2020); Online Workshop 'Monotype', co-host Susanne MarinsArt Saturday, Art in Malakta rf (Malakta Art Factory, Malax, Finland, 2nd May 2020); Handmade Paper Workshopco-host Valentina Gelain, Art Saturday, Art in Malakta (Malakta Art Factory, Malax, Finland, 14th December 2019); Artist TalkMalakta Art Factory (Malax, Finland, 27th June 2019).

ORGANIZATIONS

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

August 2022 – Present, Vice Member of the Board for G.A.P. - Globe Art Point 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 G.A.P. - Globe Art Point ry (Finland);

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

May 2019 – Present, Board Member for Art in Malakta rf (Finland).

WORK EXPERIENCE (selection)

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

May 2018 – Present: Founder of Black Box Genesis.

​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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