T’Ain’t nobody’s business if I do, Zygote Press, Cleveland.

Anila Rubiku, T’Ain’t Nobody’s Business if I Do, 2016 Installation view, 2016, Zygote Press, Cleveland, USA © Copyright 2020

06.05.16 – 24.05.16
T’Ain’t nobody’s business if I do,
Zygote Press, Cleveland (OH). USA.

Zygote Press is pleased to present the first solo Cleveland exhibition by Albanian born Italian artist Anila Rubiku who is featuring her new work about chains and their collective meaning as universal signifiers; for the enigma of love, loss and longing. Rubiku has married lyrics from the American blues songbook to her sculpture, silk screens, charcoal works.
Besides her work for this solo show, Anila is working with the Thomas Jefferson Newcomers Academy students who will presenting their work at Zygote in the near future. She has also presented her work to the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Social Practice Class and Laurel School.
Anila Rubiku is the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion resident working at Zygote Press. The Cleveland foundation supports artists for 3 months residencies in Cleveland.
Anila Rubiku studied at the Tirana Academy of Arts (1994) and did her post graduate work in Milan at the Brera Academy (2000). At present she works between Milan, Tirana and Toronto.
Rubiku’s work is intimately connected to social and political issues. Her works are poetic and practical exposures of the human social psychological condition wrapped up in an ironic sense of humor. She has tackled such topics as the corrupt and subsequent desecration of the built and natural environment (Kiev Biennale, 2012); on being an immigrant (Venice Biennale 2011); dictators and their malign egos (Tel Aviv Museum 2014); the “meaning” of a home (Hammer Museum residency, LA, 2013), the future of Cities and Democracy (Venice Architectural Biennale, 2008); Albania: women, justice and the law – Abused women imprisoned for murdering their ‘men’ ( 5th Thessaloniki Biennale, 2015). Rubiku is highly skilled in all media and chooses the media to fit the concept: Kiev – sculpture; Venice 2011 – embroidery; Dictators – etching. Rubiku has native talent, imagination and social commitment. For this she was awarded by Foreign Policy Magazine and the State Department of the USA one of the top Global Thinkers of 2014 (Washington DC) and was nominated by the Human Right Foundation in May 2014.

Zygote and the Cleveland Foundation are supporting Rubiku for a three months residency to hone her printing skills.
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