Contact – Excursion


In spring 2015 an email was sent to the Kölnischer Kunstverein by biology student Liridon Hoxha from the University of Konstanz:
Mit der Bitte um Weiterleitung an Herrn Halilaj:
Dear Mr. Halilaj,
With a lot of pleasure I read an article about your exhibition in Cologne. Your work is an important part of art which may have a big influence on national and international sight on cultural heritage.
To come now why I’m addressing to you: I’m a biology student …

of course blue affects my way of shitting , Catalogue

Published by Chert and Motto Books, April 2014 “of course blue affects my way of shitting” is a collection of prose and poetry by Petrit Halilaj written between 2007 and 2008. Many of the artist’s titles for previous exhibitions and artworks have come from these texts, which have never been presented in their entirety until now.
The publication collects the artist’s writing alongside his most recent series of drawings “Several birds fly away when they understand it”. Both the texts …

Poisoned by men in need of some love


WIELS, Contemporary Art Center, Brussels
In his solo exhibition in Belgium, Petrit Halilaj extended his ongoing excavation of the Natural History Museum in Kosovo, a formerly remarkable and well-loved place before splintered nationalisms disintegrated what was once called Yugoslavia. At WIELS, he presented a vast installation comprised of a film that portrays the state of the ‘lost’ museum, along with a series of hand-sculpted copies of its animal remnants, based on a collection of found photographs and documents portraying the …