Petrit Halilaj

2 April – 6 September, 2020 /
Retiro Park, Palacio de Cristal

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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, Pavilion of the Republic of Kosovo, 55th Venice Biennial, 2013. Photo: Roberto Marossi
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, Pavilion of the Republic of Kosovo, 55th Venice Biennial, 2013. Photo: Roberto Marossi

The work of Petrit Halilaj (1986, Kostërc, Skenderaj-Kosovo) is deeply connected to his biography, his country’s recent history and the consequences of the political and cultural tensions in the region. In his work he recalls memories from his childhood so as to dissect notions like home, nation and cultural identity, translating this subjective experience into visual forms from which to reflect, not on a personal past but on the global situation that intersects, dissipates and shatters societies and their cultures.      

His personal experiences and circumstances form a pretext for striking up new histories, both private and collective, which develop into complex and ambitious installations always in dialogue with the space accommodating them. In a large-scale intervention in the Palacio de Cristal, the Kosovan artist will create an installation with sculptural elements and plant forms that reflect on unifying two realities – the inside and the outside. Through subtle gestures, Halilaj is not only commenting the building’s history but he also invites birds and other life forms from the park to come inside, welcoming diverse kinds of love.

Petrit Halilaj represented Kosovo in his first pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013), and participated at the 57th Venice Biennale (international programme), the 6th Berlin Biennale (2010) and the 15th Lyon Biennale (2019). Despite his young age, his work has been the subject of solo exhibitions in museums and art centres like Fondazione Merz (Turin, 2018), the New Museum (New York, 2017), HangarBicocca (Milan, 2015), and Bundeskunsthalle (Bonn, 2015).

Exhibition´s details

Organized by: 
Museo Reina Sofía

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