Halilaj, Petrit b.1986 / Several birds fly away when they understand it (Panel I-XII)
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The works by Petrit Halilaj that have joined the collection were shown as part of his exhibition, “of course blue affects my way of shitting” – taken from a text written by the artist, which is itself part of a bigger series of prose and poetry that Halilaj started writing in 2007. These texts reveal an intimate and personal history. As a collection they provide a unique insight into the artist’s brain, recounting memories of childhood, war, exodus, family, work, and contemplating his own identity, sexuality, love, affections and emotions. Halilaj’s resolutely personal works simultaneously reflect on social and political events, understanding the struggle and impact they have on a singular life. But it is this intimacy within Halilaj’s practice that these works focuses on; celebrating the more delicate and less evident side of the artist’s production.

The drawings from the series “Several birds fly away when they understand it” comprise images of the bird archive from the former Natural History Museum of Kosovo (whose story was the subject of the artist's solo exhibition “Poisoned by men in need of some love” at WIELS Contemporary Art Center in Brussels); these birds have been modified by the artist, and painted with beautiful and exotic masks. Birds were also the subject of Halilaj’s installation presented at the 2013 Venice Biennale for the Kosovo Pavillion. “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,” filled the space with a huge nest, inside of which, a semi-hidden white room was home to two canaries, alter egos of the artist and his lover.

Petrit Halilaj (b.1986, Skenderaj-Kosovo)

Several birds fly away when they understand it (Panel I-XII), 2013

Color drawings on 12 panels, each drawn on 9 inventory sheets
Each panel:: 68.4 x 70.2 cm.
Each panel:: 26 15/16 x 27 5/8 in.
Provenance:
Chert Gallery, Berlin, Germany  Current Location:
Switzerland - Basel - S Works on PaperEastern Europe

exhibitions

Petrit Halilaj Solo Exhibition curated by Rein Wolfs
Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany.
February 2015 - October 2015

of course blue affects my way of shitting
Chert Gallery, Berlin, Germany
April 2014 - June 2014

Poisoned by men in need of some love
WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium
September 2013 - January 2014

publications

of course blue affects my way of shitting
Chert and Motto Books (Catalogue), April 2014
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Petrit Halilaj 'Poisoned by men in need of some love'
Weils Contemporary Art Centre (Catalogue), September 2013

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