National Historical Museum
1 Sheshi Skënderbej St.
The Tirana Art Lab – Center for Contemporary Art
The Tirana Art Lab – Center for Contemporary Art is Albania’s leading contemporary independent art institution. Founded as a non-profit organization, on the initiative of Adela Demetja in 2010, TAL aims at promoting emerging artists and contemporary art from Albania as well as from Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe. The centre is process- and research-oriented. Through different events like residencies, exhibitions, workshops, performances, lectures and talks, as well as publications, TAL has managed to create a space for emergent critical and reflexive thought. The centre initiates and supports new productions by national and international artists and projects critically engaged with artistic, cultural and social issues of transitional and contemporary societies. TAL operates from an independent multifunctional space located in the centre of Tirana. Its unique laboratory consists of an exhibition space, a space for artists in residence and an open public library of contemporary art books. Since 2014 TAL has refined its holistic conceptual, operational and managerial practice based on the concept of the rhizome. It is deeply rooted, both in the Albanian cultural context and new experimental methodologies in terms of research, production and management. In this manner TAL tries to resist politicization, polarization and neo-colonial practices which pervade the contemporary local and/or global cultural scene. For the purposes of the “Missing Stories” project, the Tirana Art Lab is collaborating with the National Historical Museum in Tirana and the exhibition will take place there.