Analyze objects through their disintegration – this is an approach that the Albanian contemporary artist, Idlir Koka, adopts to examine and explore details of various objects, circumstances and feelings. He uses dismantling of objects for understanding them, their functions, symbols and senses they contain and convey.
In other words, the objects are disintegrated into pieces to reach more easily in their inside.
Koka does this disintegration exercise with several objects. Of preferred objects are armchairs. What he wants to discover in them is the comfort armchairs are supposed to offer.
The way he depicts them seems that his conclusion is that armchairs are not always “friendly”.
Sometimes they show discomfort, as seating and remaining seated can be comfortable for a short while, but if you stay longer, you feel discomfort, fear from intrigues, zeal, etc. as armchairs are often symbol of
power – they are made for people who while seated exert power. This is perhaps the reason why armchairs Koka paints are rather empty.
IDLIR KOKA (b.1979) holds a MFA in painting from the University of Arts in Tirana, Albania (2002). Koka has exhibited extensively including the following solo exhibition
Comfort/Discomfort (2017) at GALERIAKALO and group shows such as Ashamed of being happy at Galeria e Vogel “Cosi vicina cosi lontana”- Albania prima e dopo 1990 at Contemporary Art Museum in Genova, Italy in 2009.