Heldi Pema (b. 1977) in Tirana, Albania. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Tirana, has attended Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts (Austria) several times, and was awarded AIR by “KulturKontakt” in Vienna and “O’Artoteca” in Milan.
His work has been shown at the 52nd International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Albanian Pavilion; Museum of Contemporary Art – Villa Croce, Genova; European Month of Photography, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin; ViennAfair, Vienna; 2nd Tirana Biennale; The National Gallery of Arts, Tirana; A+A Gallery, Venice and The Promenade Gallery, Vlora.
My work explores a wide area of artistic investigation channeling in social, economic and political realities associated with the various complexities of modern society. My investigation explores different phenomena like political power, illegality, and the underworld by reflecting the way how they become rooted in contemporary culture. As an artist, I do not want to reflect reality, but I do want to question it. My social upbringing does not embrace, rational linear actions, but rather approaching the world and life with primal instinctive behavior. In my work I practice a wide range of contemporary multimedia, from photography and digital manipulation to video from installation to sculpture, using a minimal language and at the same time ironic and subversive one.