Petrit Halilaj (b.1986, Skenderaj-Kosovo)

Petrit Halilaj was born in 1986 in Kostërrc (Skenderaj-Kosovo). The young Kosovar artist has been showing widely in the past years, among other exhibitions the most remarkable are his project for the Kosovar Pavillion, Venice Biennale, his solo show at Wiels, Brussels,at Fondation Lafayette, Paris, (2013) which anticipate solo exhibitions at the National Gallery of Kosovo, Pristina, and Kunsthalle Lissabon in 2014. In 2015 Halilaj exhibited in concurrent solo shows at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne and Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn.

"Dealing with the readymade and “living matter,” enlargements and scale shifts, artisanal practices and new media, the language of Arte Povera and naïve gestures, universal sentiments and sociopolitical subjects, decontextualizations and deterritorializations, Halilaj combines dramatic personal stories with the savoir faire of an artist, inevitably including a range of self-fabrications in his biography. However, these “strategies” rarely present a narrative that forces an empathetic engagement; instead, they express a desire for a dialectic encounter with the past, understood as a set of experiences projected parabolically into the future — transforming, expanding, relocating beyond. Halilaj’s approach is “positive,” fueled by the profound human need to go beyond, to find joy in the overcoming of strife and to participate in reconstruction." 
by Michele D’Aurizio (translated from Italian by Vashti Ali) 

Halilaj, Petrit b.1986

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