International artists gather at exhibition of DMU photo academic's artworks


A De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) photography expert’s exhibition in a national museum is the backdrop for a coming together of international artists this weekend.

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Lala Meredith-Vula, Reader in Art and Photography at DMU, has an exhibition of her work, called Wisdom Today and Forever, showing at the Marubi National Museum of Photography in Albania.

“The Marubi Meeting: Contemporary Art and Photographic Heritage” is bringing together international curators, artists and historians to look at the role of photography in heritage and contemporary art.


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The event in Albania is sponsored by DMU’s Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities and will be led by DMU researchers including Lala, Kelley Wilder, director of the university’s Photographic History Research Centre and Jenifer Chao, a lecturer from DMU’s Leicester Media School.

The occasion will also celebrate Lala’s exhibition, curated by Monika Szewczyk, and exhibited throughout the museum. It brings together Lala’s two works Blood Memory, which was first exhibited in Athens, and Haystacks 1989-2017, which was previously on show in Kassel.

Lala says “It’s a great honour to exhibit at the Marubi National Museum of Photography. The museum houses a vast extraordinary collection of 500,294 photographs dating back from 1858 when the first images in Albania were recorded.

“So to have my work in this context is amazing.”

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Kelley said: “We are grateful to the Marubi National Museum of Photography for hosting such an exciting workshop that promises an energetic start to new collaborations in the future. That we can hold this workshop in the presence of Lala’s excellent work makes it even more special.”

Lala was born in Sarajevo, to an Albanian father and British mother. She came to Britain in the 1970s.

She studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths’ College, London University (1985/88) and MA at Pristina University, Kosova (1988/90). 

Her first show was in Damien Hirst’s landmark exhibition “Freeze”, London (1988) that is famous for launching the YBA Young British Artists.

She has represented Albania in the 48th Venice Biennale in 1999 and exhibited nationally and internationally with many solo shows including in London, Germany, throughout Italy and across Albania. She has also exhibited in many group shows in the UK, USA, China and Continental Europe.

Posted on Friday 19th January 2018

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