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First UK museum solo exhibition for Kosovan artist Petrit Halilaj.
Petrit Halilaj (b1986) works in a variety of media including sculpture, video, drawing and text, as well as traditional fabrics and materials, examining the relationship between cultural identity and heritage and personal and collective memory.
Merging the real and imagined, political and folkloric, he often uses animals as metaphors for transformation, such as large scale installations of giant performative moth sculptures, and installations of bird-like ‘creatures’. Prior to the exhibition, Halilaj will take part in Tate St Ives’s residency programme with the view to creating new work that will feature alongside several of his large-scale installations.
Most recently, his projects have centred around Runik, Kosovo, a site of Neolithic settlements and the village where he spent his childhood, but fled with his family during the Kosovo War of 1998–99.
Halilaj lives and works between Bozzolo (Italy), Berlin (Germany) and Pristina (Kosovo).