The future of contemporary art has passed through Artissima. Confirming the fair’s ability to capture and convey the most innovative trends in advance, our Artissima The Forerunner column presents a selection of artists who took part in past editions of Artissima and are now showing work in some of the world’s most prestigious contemporary art institutions.
Today for Artissima The Forerunner we present: PETRIT HALILAJ
► on view at Retiro Park, Palacio de Cristal, Museo Reina Sofia, with the show To a raven and hurricanes that from unknown places bring back smells of humans in love, open until 28 February 2021
The work of Petrit Halilaj (Kostërrc, Kosovo, 1986) is tightly bound up with his biography, the recent history of his country, and the consequences of the political and cultural tensions in the region. Childhood memories steeped in the drama of war and refugee life recur throughout his art, which embraces themes like home, nation and cultural identity through a variety of media ranging from drawing and sculpture to video, installation and even writing. However, he does not proclaim a rupture between the personal and intimate and the historical and social, but instead perceives a relationship and continuity to be found in his intervention for the Palacio de Cristal.
ImagenSubliminal, Courtesy of ChertLüdde, Berlin and Petrit Halilaj and kamel mennour, Paris
► participant at Artissima 2013 and 2017, in the MAIN section, with the gallery ChertLüdde, Berlin, winner of the Fondazione Ettore Fico Prize and of the second Mario Merz Prize
Mario Merz Prize 2017, Fondazione Mario Merz, Turin
Credits cover photo: ImagenSubliminal, Courtesy of ChertLüdde, Berlin and Petrit Halilaj and kamel mennour, Paris