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.