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Sead Kazanxhiu (1987) is a visual artist from southwest Albania. He was trained as a painter at the University of Arts in Tirana (2006 – 2010), where he obtained his bachelor degree. He comes from a humble Roma family. His father Latif Kazanxhiu was the first Roma language teacher in Albania and he recognized the need for education of his children.
Issues of prejudice, exclusion, discrimination and racism have taken centre stage both in his artistic and activist work. While offering a good example of citizen participation in decision-making processes through social campaigns, trainings and workshops that involve Roma youth in his native country and abroad, Kazanxhiu advocates less asymmetric power relationships not only in urban and rural settings of contemporary Albania but also in the nowadays increasingly segregated global world. With eight personal shows since 2012 (in Tirana, Budapest and Brussels) and numerous group exhibitions (in Tirana, Prague, Brno, Gothenburg, Berlin, Dresden, Krakow, Bucharest and New Orleans), Kazanxhiu remains one of the most engaged younger protagonists in contemporary Albanian cultural scene.