La Oficina de la Embajada is pleased to present ​42 ten ​ , a solo exhibition by Irgin Sena on view January 26 – March 14, 2020.


Irgin Sena: ​42 ten
January 26 – March 14, 2020
La Oficina de la Embajada, San Juan

Sena creates spaces of suspense, contemplation and speculation through the interplay of visual and conceptual cues. Ideas of memory, repositioning, omission, disruption, and delay permeate his works pushing viewers into an acute state of attentiveness. ​42 ten ​ constitutes four works depicting perilous scenes: a burning home, a crumbling building, or debris floating in a lake. ​Distinct elements repeat, interrupt and leak within and between the pieces. Adding to the suspense ​is the precarity of compositional structures, as exemplified in ​34 three ​ , in which​ ​ a drawing delicately balances on a knife’s blade or the tension-filled video that suggests recent calamities. ​Together the works present a maze of shifting visual and conceptual associations where personal experience, current events, and the everyday coexist.

Irgin Sena was born in Albania and lives and works in New York. He has an MFA from Hunter College. In 2008 and 2012-13 he was an artist in residency at ISCP, NY. In 2012 he was awarded the MARIAN NETTER Award, in 2007 the ARDHJE Award for Contemporary Art. Sena has participated at Prospectif Cinéma, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2016), at Qui Vive, International Moscow Biennial for Young Art, Moscow (2008), at Tirana Bienale 3, Tirana (2005), and New Insight, curated by Susanne Ghez Chicago (2011). He has shown at Invisible Exports Gallery, New York (2014), Badischer-Kunstverein in Karlsruhe (2006); Fresh Window Gallery, Brooklyn (2016; 2019), National Gallery of Arts in Tirana (2013), and Haus am Lutzowplatz Berlin, (2008), among others.