Vangjush Vellahu

Vangjush Vellahu

Born in 1987 in Pogradec, Albania, lives and works in Berlin.


Vellahu is a visual artist working with video, prints, objects and archives with the focus on different forms of story telling particular to specific communities; exploring how collective memories of authoritarian regimes are produced and remembered by communities affected by them. His works intertwine urban histories of entities that from an ideological and political stand point remain on the margins of recognition. His travels often take a shape of journal-like reconfigurations that attempt at re-defining the popular understanding of what borders, territories or geographies represent today. His research is influenced by subjects coming from his personal past shaping the way in which he relates to recent histories.


Since 2014 he is part of a local group of emerging young artists – Nucleu 0000 in Bucharest, Romania, that tries to coagulate an artistic organisation as a response to the lack of cultural finance.





2011  Graduated Bachelor in Fine Arts at National University of Arts, Bucharest, Romania

2014  Graduated Master in Fine Arts at National University of Arts, Bucharest, Romania

2016  Graduated Master in Fine Arts at Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design, Kiel, Germany



Solo Exhibitions:



Fragments (I), curated by Maja Ciric, Hestia Art Residency & Exhibitions Bureau, Belgrade, SR (Cat.)

Home Conversations, curated together with Gabriela Mateescu, Alert Studio, Bucharest, RO



Group Exhibitions:



Hello World. Revising a Collection, Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum for Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE  (Cat.)

SKG Bridges Festival, Contemporary Art Center (CACT) and The Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki, GR

Infected Landscapes, curated by Joerg Franzbecker, M.1 - Arthur Boskamp Stiftung, Hohenlockstedt, DE

Albania the spirit of the times, a collection from 1950, Museum of Contemporary Art, Acri, IT (Cat.)



Onufri XXIII - Au fil du temps, Collective Memory - Personal Memories, National Gallery, Tirane, AL  (Cat.)

Mediterranea 18 Young Artists Biennale, National Historical Museum, Tirane, AL  (Cat.)

Arthur Boskamp Stiftung - Förderpreise, curated by Joerg Franzbecker, M.1, Hohenlockstedt, DE



Start Point Prize, curated by Pavel Vancat, Trade Fair Palace - National Gallery, Prague, CZ  (Cat.)

Dilijan Arts Observatory, curated by Clementine Deliss, Impuls Kondensator, Dilijan, AM

Nucleu 0005 - Anything Goes, Combinatul Fondului Plastic, Bucharest, RO

Eirene, Fladernbunker Museum, Kiel, DE  (Cat.)

Nucleu 0004 - Nature v2.0, curated by Gabriela Mateescu, Victoria Art Center, Bucharest, RO

Master - die Zweite, Atelierhaus im Anscharpark-Haus 8, Kiel, DE  (Cat.)



Ziran / Nature, curated by Antje Majewski, Brunswiker Pavillion BBK-SH, Kiel, DE  (Cat.)

Masters - die Erste, Atelierhaus im Anscharpark-Haus 8, Kiel, DE

Undoing Colors - Referral City Pogradec - Korce, National Gallery, Korce, AL



Nucleu 0002 - Imaginea Corpului Meu, Centrul Artelor Vizuale Gallery, Bucharest, RO

Plastic of 2014 G. generation, Simeza Gallery, Bucharest, RO

Nucleu 0001, curated by Gabriela Mateescu, Tipografia Gallery, Bucharest, RO

Ziran / Nature, curated by Antje Majewski, Star Gallery, Guangzhou, CN  (Cat.)



Desen de Litera, Forme si Transformari, Una-Gallery, Bucharest, RO

Projektionen aus Kiel, curated by Piotr Nathan, ASP Gallery, Gdansk, PL

Florenz Einfluss, curated by Antje Majewski, Kunstraum B Gallery, Kiel, DE




Awards & Prizes


2017   Arthur Boskamp Stiftung Förderpreise, Hohenlockstedt, DE  (W)

2017   Onufri Prize, National Gallery, Tirana, AL  (N)

2016   Start Point Prize, National Gallery, Prague, CZ  (N)



Residencies / Researches:


2019   Townhouse Gallery - Residency Program, Cairo, EG

2018   Hestia Art Residency & Exhibitions Bureau, Belgrade, SR

           Arthur Boskamp Stiftung, M.1, Hohenlockstedt, DE

           LANDXCAPES - Art, Storytelling, Landscape, a residency by BJCEM, Puglia, IT

2017   Work in Common at Primary, a residency by UKYA, Nottingham, UK

2016   DAO - Dilijan Arts Observatory, conducted by Clementine Deliss, Dilijan, AM

2015   KZ Ravensbrück, Mahn- und Gedenkstaette, Fürstenberg/Havel, DE

2014   Collaboration with South China Normal University, Guangzhou, CN



Books and Catalogues:



Fragments I - Where stories cut across the land, Vangjush Vellahu, pub by Archive Books, Berlin, DE

Hello World. Revising a Collection, National Gallery at Hamburger Bahnhof, pub by Hirmer, Munich, DE

Onufri XXIII “Au fil du temps” - National Gallery of Arts, Tirana, pub by Silvana Editoriale, Milan, IT

Albania the spirit of the times, Art, Life, Politics, A collection from 1950 to 2018, pub by MOCA, Acri, IT



History, Conflict, Dream, Failure = Home, Mediterranea 18 Biennale, pub by Kavalo Studio, Tirane, AL



Start Point Prize, Trade Fair Palace at National Gallery in Prague, pub by Nadace Arbor vitae, Prague, CZ

Einblick / Ausblick 2016, pub by Raum der Publikation Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Kiel, DE



Ziran/Nature, Art and Ethics; A. Majewski, Ch. Kruse, pub by Sternberg Press, Berlin, DE

Vorschläge für eine bunte Stadt, pub by Raum der Publikation Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Kiel, DE



“Arta” Visual arts magazine, Nr. 12, published by UAP din Romania, Bucharest, RO





* upcoming