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This evocative installation work marks the first UK 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’. Combining rural landscapes, birds and animals with images of violence and war, this exhibition revisits 38 childhood drawings by the artist made in Kukës II refugee camp in Albania during the Kosovo War (1998-99) at just thirteen years old.

By layering large-scale hanging visuals throughout the gallery, the artist creates an immersive representation of the images he carried with him during conflict, and investigates the differing perspectives of official histories and lived experience.

Contemporary artSouth WestArt gallery

Tate St Ives

Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1TG

01736 796226


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