Born in 1986 in Kostërc (Kosovo), Petrit Halilaj lives and works in-between Germany, Kosovo, and Italy. His modern design work is deeply connected with the recent history of his country, and the consequences of the political and cultural tensions in the region.
But while confronting a collective memory, his work often originates from personal experience and it is usually the result of an intimate process and a shared moment with someone he loves. I Lobo You lets you take a look into the modern artist‘s latest project.
Petrit Halilaj has turned Reina Sofia‘s Palacio de Cristal in Madrid into a nest filled with giant flowers, producing a “piece of his life”. As visitors move throughout Halilaj’s first solo art exhibition in Spain, titled ‘To a raven and the hurricanes which bring back smells of humans in love from unknown places’, their awareness of the outside world is heightened.
The artist curates an environment that acts as a bridge between the modern art interior and the exterior, existing as a strange extension of the present. Petrit Halilaj has designed a space that allows him to explore key elements that make up his own personal biography, his relationship to his home, nation, love, and cultural identity all becoming distilled within the art installation.
The open windows of the Palacio de Cristal’s glass façade invite the outside in – allowing birds and other creatures to inhabit the space. Birds are a reoccurring feature of his work, “symbolizing the transgression of the limits established by modern thought between subject and object, culture and nature.” Petrit Halilaj particularly references the extraordinary courtship ritual of bowerbirds in the modern sculpture piece, drawing upon their elaborately decorated ‘bower’ structures used to attract a male.
This contemporary art exhibition is extremely magical and represents an enchanting world of his own head, I Lobo You highly suggest that when in Madrid, you go visit it and step inside of a flowery world of your own.