Friday, June 07, 2013

Petrit Halilaj

@ Kosovo Pavilion Venice Biennale 
Courtesy the artist. Photo: Atdhe Mulla.

Petrit Halilaj, "I´m hungry to keep you close. 
I want to find the words to resist but in the end there is a locked sphere. The funny thing is that you´re not here, nothing is.," 2013. 
Various materials including birds, branches, earth, metal, clothes, dimensions variable. Upon entering the space hosting the Kosovan contribution to the 55th Venice Biennial visitors find themselves abruptly confronted with a strange structure built, or rather woven, of branches, twigs and rods gathered in Kosovo, its ground and walls covered with soil and mud. Taking up almost two-thirds of the space, the structure seems an alien sight, an alien body, atavistic within the Biennial's context of contemporary art; a foreign body migrated from some subconscious and forgotten era or territory into a vicinity that is nothing less than a renowned icon of the historic western world's cultural and artistic achievements. LINK Kosovo pavilion

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