Born in 1983 in Shkoder, Albania, actually he lives between Milan and Tirana. Driant Zeneli’s work challenges physical and intellectual limits by staging and performing ironic and dreamlike situations, sometimes absurd. The latter takes place with performative attempts – weather only with his personal involvement or through others – in a process that experiences time, identifies with dreams, plays with reason while encountering the participation of the wider public. At the core of Zeneli’s performative actions, as well as in other works using filmic narrative, is the redefinition of the idea of failure, utopia and dream as the element that opens possible alternatives. In 2011 he represented Albania at the 54th Venice Biennale. In 2008 he won the Onufri International Contemporary Art Prize, Tirana, and in 2009 the Young European Artist Award Trieste Contemporanea. He has exhibited at:58° International Art Exposition – Biennale of Venice, 2019; Prometeo Gallery, 2019; GAMEC – Contemporary and Modern Art Gallery of Bergamo, 2019; Passerelle Centre d’Art Contemporain, Brest, 2018; Mostyn Gallery, Wales, UK, 2017; MuCEM, Marseille, 2016; Academie de France in Rome, 2016; Centre Pompidou, Parigi, 2016;Prometeogallery di Ida Pisani, Milan (2015; 2010); IV Bienal del Fin del Mundo, Chile (2015); Viafarini, Milan (2014); GAM, Museum of Modern and Contemporaryart Turin (2013); White House Biennial, Athens (2013); KCCC, Klaipeda, Lithuania (2013); ZKM, Karlsruhe (2012); MUSAC, Castilla León. Spain,(2012); TICA, Tirana (2012); Prague Biennale 5, Prague (2011); 98 weeks Project Space, Beirut (2011); Trongate 103, Glasgow (2011); National Gallery of Kosove, Prishtine (2010); Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genoa (2009); Studio Tommaseo, Trieste, (2009); National Gallery of Tirana, (2008).
In 2017 he was the Artistic Director of MEDITERRANEA18 in Tirana.
* Image: Driant Zeneli – When i grow up i want to be an artist – video, 2007, 21_55_, color, sound. Courtesy the artist and prometeogallery di Ida Pisani, Milano, Lucca.