Albanian-born artist, Juna Skenderi is best known for her minimalist approach to traditional folk art. Having lived the majority of her life as an undocumented immigrant in the United States, she creates as a means of dealing with her anxiety and uncertainty. Her fiber and mixed media art is both an homage to the craft art of Albania and a stylistic continuation of her longtime work with abstract ballpoint ink drawing.
In August of 2018, Skenderi participated in a month-long residency at 77Art in Rutland, Vermont.
Skenderi’s other loves: film and dance, have influenced her storytelling and multidisciplinary work. In 2012, upon commission by Northside Town Hall in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Skenderi created a site specific video installation and dance performance in collaboration with dancer Karesia Batan. Two screens projecting video created with found footage and a previously-filmed dance performance coincided with a live dance choreographed by both artists and performed by Batan.
In 2014, Skenderi participated in a month-long residency with Forward Flux at TheaterLab, collaborating with fellow immigrant artist Montserat Vargas on a site specific installation. Combining their respective Albanian and Chilean cultures, they explored the theme of citizenship and what it means to seek love as an immigrant. During the same residency, she performed a dance piece titled “Show Me How to Dance”, where she invited two other non-professional dancers to improvise with her. She is currently incorporating dance into her personal practice.
Her drawings and mixed-media art have been exhibited at Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, White Box Gallery, Fuse Gallery, The Living Gallery, K&P Gallery, Collective Arts Incubator, Studio Montclair, and Grady Alexis Gallery.
Skenderi has been a working artist for over a decade. Having obtained a BFA in filmmaking at Montclair State University, she pursued a career in production and costume design. She now lives and works in New York City. Her current professional practice is in handmade, custom lighting fixtures for Bone Simple Design, a company based in Long Island City. She has also programmed for film festivals such as the Hamptons International Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and Rooftop Films.