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Anila Rubiku

For her Hammer residency, Anila Rubiku engaged with various communities in Los Angeles through weekly art-making workshops. Through this work, Rubiku sought to create lasting relationships between herself, the Hammer Museum, and participants while also providing a deeper experience of the museum. These workshops involved meeting with the artist and creating a drawing of each participant’s “ideal home,” which will also be embroidered and used as part of a larger installation by the artist. Rubiku hopes this project helps with illustrating and understanding how various community members imagine what home should be. She has lead similar workshops in Milan, Tel Aviv, and Niigata, Japan.


Anila Rubiku was born in Durres, Albania and now lives between Milan, Italy and Tirana, Albania. She graduated from the Academy of Arts in Tirana (1994) and subsequently from the Brera Academy, in Milan (2000). She has also studied at the Akademie Der Bildenden Kunste in Vienna in 2000 with Renée Green Green and Michelangelo Pistoletto. Her work has been shown at several biennales and museums such as the Triennale Museum, Milan, Italy (2013); the First Kiev International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Kiev, Ukraine (2012); the National Gallery, Washington, D.C. (2012); the Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2012); the 54th Venice Biennale, Venice (2012); the Bloomberg headquarters, London (2011); Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany (2011); Städtische Galerie Bietigheim-Bissingen, Bietigheim-Ellental; Germany (2010); Stadtische Galerie, Ravensburg, in Germany (2009); the Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, South Korea (2009); the Fourth Tirana Biennale, Tirana, Albania (2009); the MAM Museum of St. Etienne, France (2009); the 11th Architecture Biennale in Venice (2008); and the Kunsthalle Lingen, Lingen, Germany (2008). Her work is included in addition in many other public and private collections in the US, Europe and Asia. Anila Rubiku is represented by the Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel.

The Hammer Museum’s Artist Residency Program is supported through a generous grant from The Simms/Mann Family Foundation. The residency program was initiated with funding from the Nimoy Foundation and receives continued support from The James Irvine Foundation.