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Flaka HalitiPavilion of Kosovo, 56th Venice Biennale

La Biennale di Venezia 2015, Venice, IT

09.05. – 22.11.2015

  • For her solo presentation at the Kosovo Pavilion Flaka Haliti conceived the site-specific installation Speculating on the Blue reflecting on the meaning of borders, democracy, freedom and mobility.

    The skeletons of barrier-like objects that occupy the exhibition space are a reference to the aesthetics of the concrete walls that are erected between nations and regions as a materialization of conflict. Haliti’s installation aims at de-militarizing and de-contextualizing this specific aesthetic regime by stripping the columns down to their material essence and juxtaposing them with elements that are by nature resistant to the concept of borders. In this scenario, the horizon and the blue pictorial ground create a counter image to the concept of borders and function as a tool to raise new perspectives. The interplay of the elements and the different images they generate is the artist’s method for creating an intermediate space that allows for the subjective experience of viewers engaging with her work.

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    Her approach is one of recontextualizing global politics through disconnection from its regime of appearance. The metaphor of the horizon, simultaneously emblem of possibility and enigma of our limitations is woven into the fabric of our past and present. By drawing on the universal meaning of this metaphor, the artist removes the image economy of the horizon from any specific spatial-temporal context and speculates on its validity as an eternal truth. With Speculating on the Blue, Flaka Haliti positions the observer in an intermediate space that oscillates between expansion and confinement, proximity and distance; a space that opens up multiple temporal dimensions simultaneously and as a result is experienced as a work of constant actualization.

    Pavilion of The Republic of Kosovo is commisioned and organized under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports of the Republic of Kosovo

    Curated by Nicolaus Schafhausen
    Text: Pavilion of Kosovo
    Photos: Marc Krause

Flaka Haliti
Speculating on the Blue, 2015
Sand, Metal, Light
Courtesy of the Artist and LambdaLambdaLambda