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 state they were in before they were removed to make way for a more nationalistic display of folk tradition and heritage instead. Halilaj’s exhibition project attempts to give the museum and its specimens another life and a renewed political resonance.

The exhibition was organized by WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, curated by Elena Filipovic and took place from . An artist book accompanied the exhibition.