Petrit Halilaj’s work is deeply connected with the history of his own country, Kosovo, and the political and cultural tensions in the region. While confronting collective memory, his installations often originate from intimate processes and personal experience.
Petrit Halilaj (b. 1986 in Kostërrc/XK) studied art at the Brera Academy in Milan/IT (2006–2009). His work is deeply connected with the recent history of his country, and the consequences of the political and cultural tensions in the region. While confronting a collective memory, Halilaj’s work often originates from personal experience and it is usually the result of an intimate process and a shared moment with someone he loves. His unique, and sometimes irreverent, way of playfully confronting the essence of reality results in deep reflection on memory, freedom, cultural identity and life’s many surprises. He is currently a professor at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris/FR for the academic year 2019–2020. Halilaj lives and works between Germany, Kosovo and Italy.
Halilaj’s works have been exhibited among others at: Tate St. Ives, St.Ives/UK (upcoming in 2021); Palacio de Cristal, Museo Reina Sofia/ES (2020); Fondazione Merz, Turin/IT (2018); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles/US (2018); Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern/CH (2018); New Museum, NYC/US (2017); 57th Venice Biennale, Venice/IT (2017); Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan/ IT (2016); Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne/DE (2015); Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn/DE (2015); 55th Venice Biennale, Venice/IT (2013).
The following artwork will be shown as part of the EVROVIZION.CROSSING STORIES AND SPACES project:
Poisoned by Men (Felis silvestris), (Poisoned by men in need of some love), iron, cow dung, earth, adhesive, brass, cat: 24 × 56 × 14 cm, each cube: 30 × 30 × 30 cm, Berlin/DE, 2013/2019.
© Petrit Halila
Halilaj’s work is closely tied to the history of his homeland, Kosovo, and to the political and cultural tensions in the region. His installations reflect personal experiences, collective memory and intimate processes. Petrit Halilaj’s work Poisoned by Men (Felis silvestris) belongs to the Poisoned by men in need of some love series that was created between 2013 and 2019. The installation contains the sculpture of a cat – crafted from animal excrement and earth – and three open brass cubes. The starting point of the series is Halilaj’s rediscovery of the animal collection of the former Museum of Natural History of Kosovo in Pristina. The museum, which was established in 1951, shut its doors in 2011, and was transformed into the Ethnological Museum Kosovo. To make way for a more nationalistic presentation of ethological history, the animal collection was locked up in the museum’s cellar and left to moulder. July 14th is a video Petrit covertly shot that documents the dialogues, the opening of the storage room, and the rediscovery of the collection. For his series Poisoned by men in need of some love, the artist created animal sculptures that were copies of the taxidermically prepared animals he had rediscovered. In so doing, he returns visibility to a part of the cultural heritage that had been hidden and forgotten.
This artwork is part of the ifa art collection.
Kunstpreis der Böttcherstraße in Bremen 2020
The Kunsthalle Bremen presents ten promising positions in contemporary art. Renowned curators such as Johan Holten, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung and Bettina Steinbrügge have nominated ten artists from German-speaking countries, whose works can be seen in an exhibition at the Kunsthalle Bremen from August 29 to November 1, 2020. The nominees included also artists from the EVROVIZON project: Janine Jambere, Henrika Naumann and Nevin Aladag
Selma Selman - Risk Change
*In 2018, I was part of the third international interdisciplinary art exhibition Personal, as part of the project Risk Change for which I received the White Aphroid Award for my works Dangers of the Body, The Body in Danger, Viva la Vida We Who Are Dreaming of. As part of the Risk Change project, my work was a part of My Art Is My Reality exhibition at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka (CR), curated by Sanja Kojić Mladenov. The Risk Change project gives a chance for those artists who genuinely GIVE so much attempt for change of society while using art, technology, and mobility. Therefore, it allows us to think outside of the box and make sure that we can have a better future if you all respect those categorized as others. *Selma Selman
Emilija Škarnulytė at Kunsthaus Pasquart
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Nevin Aladag, Kunstforum, Bd. 262
Kunstforum, Bd. 262 Borderlines **Nevin Aladağ** Mustergültiges für unsere Zeit Ein Gespräch von Sabine Maria Schmidt Nevin Aladağ gehört aktuell zu den international gefragten Künstlerpositionen aus Deutschland. 1972 geboren im türkischen Van, ein Jahr später umgesiedelt nach Stuttgart, ausgebildet in München, ansässig in Berlin, steht sie für eine Position, die fern politischer Identitätsdebatten freie künstlerische Ausdrucksmöglichkeiten findet. In zahlreichen Werkserien untersucht sie die Kraft und den Erfindungsreichtum von kulturellen Transfers. Ihre Arbeiten handeln von Selbstbestimmung, Rollentausch, Fremdwahrnehmung und Multiperspektivität. Klischees und vorgeformtes Wissen werden grundlegend hinterfragt. Und sie nutzt die Poesie von Stimmen und Klängen, die sie unterschiedlichsten Körpern und selbstgebauten Instrumenten entlockt.