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  • Everything we see could also be otherwise (My sweet little lamb)
    20 September – 11 November 2017

    The Showroom (63 Penfold St, Marylebone, London NW8 8PQ, UK) Curated by: What, How & for Whom/WHW, in collaboration with Kathrin Rhomberg, co-curated by Emily Pethick Preview: Tuesday 19 September, 6.30–8.30pm Exhibition opening hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12–6pm The Showroom presents the epilogue of a long-term project which took place over several months in Zagreb (November 2016 to May 2017), which contextualised and rethought the Kontakt Art Collection. It was curated by What, How & for Whom/WHW in collaboration with Kathrin Rhomberg. This final exhibition is co-curated by The Showroom Director Emily Pethick. Taking selected works from the Vienna-based Kontakt Art Collection as its point of departure, including seminal pieces by some of the most prominent artists from Central, Eastern and South-East Europe since the 1960s, the exhibition stages an interplay between these and other historical, contemporary and newly produced works that interpret and critically examine the collection. The project unfolded in six episodes in Zagreb, each iteration influencing, contradicting and reinforcing each other. It took place in a number of smaller art spaces, artists' studios, private apartments and other locations related to artistic production and the broader cultural landscape of the city. This final stage of the project at The Showroom continues to reframe and expand the context of the collection. Interlacing geographically and poetically heterogeneous artist practices, the project attempts to punctuate standardized presentations and interpretations of works that have dominated international art circuits over the last few decades, with more disorderly and experimental arrangements. The project title is taken from a work by Croatian artist Mladen Stilinović (1947–2016), to whom the project is dedicated. Stilinović's life-long anti-systemic approach, his quiet but shrewd rebellion against social conventions and the conventions of art, and an artistic practice that trenchantly and humorously engages with complex themes of ideology, work, money, pain and poverty, inspired a generation of artists worldwide. The project is a cooperation with Kontakt Art Collection and is supported by Erste Group Bank AG and ERSTE Foundation. http://www.theshowroom.org/ http://www.whw.hr/

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Flaka Haliti

The works of Flaka Haliti take shape as installations, videos and photographs that revisit situations stemming from historical traditions. While her oeuvre tackles uneasy questions about social inequality, it does so for the most part with an ironic twist. Aspects of migration permeate many of the artist’s projects, in which normative elements of conservative politics are brought to the fore. While living in Frankfurt, the artist sought to challenge elements that are traditional in a Western context—and came up with a variety of interventionist works. In her sound installation “Ex-Spatium,” she dealt with the different languages of expats living in the city, questioning various notions of labor as they relate both to those who came to work in the city due to its status as one of Europe’s financial capitals and to those who moved there due to other migrant reasons. In doing so, she pointed out an expat network that grants access to certain events—but only upon payment of a membership fee. This gave rise to questions about the inclusion and exclusion of non-nationals. Subsequently, Haliti developed the project “Artist Immunity” as published in the blog Frankfurter Gemeine Zeitung. This project advocated giving legally immune status to artists, for while many of them cross borders as often as diplomats do, the procedures for obtaining access to the countries in question, let alone residence permits, are far from easy or comfortable. The latter circumstance can also be viewed as a central factor behind the artist’s approach. Haliti’s works, informed by the precarious conditions in which many people find themselves on a daily basis, confront viewers with an uneasiness that triggers questions about personal identities that go beyond a mere national framework. The architectural sites of her interventions are of equal importance, hinting at the specific conditions present in the respective social locales. Accordingly, Haliti’s works call for artistic self-empowerment in order to reflect on the necessities of political engagement via a visual vocabulary.

 

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Born in Prishtina, Kosovo, 1982.

Haliti studied Graphic at the Academy of Arts, Prishtina University (Kosovo), from 2002 until 2006. From 2008 until 2013, she studied Fine Arts at the Städelschule in Frankfurt/Main (Germany). Haliti was visiting professor of aesthetic of space at the Architecture Department at the Prishtina University from 2007 until 2008. She was the First Prize Winner of Agriculture and Banking organized by Städelschule and Rentenbank, Frankfurt/Main, in 2009 and has received a DAAD Scholarship for 2009/2010.

Lives and works in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, and Prishtina, Kosovo.


Solo Exhibitions (selected):

2016 "tea towels have something to do with tea", Rüdiger Schöttle Gallery, Munich, Germany

2015 "Speculating on the Blue", Kosovo Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy

2014 "I See a Face. Do You See a Face" mumok -  Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria

2012 “I Miss You, I Miss You, ´Till I Dont Miss You Anymore”, Stacion CCA, Prishtina, Kosovo

2010 “Flaka Haliti”, son: DA Gallery Ex- Garage Maribor, Slovenia

2008 “Balls! Balls! Balls!”, Stacion CCA, Prishtina, Kosovo

2007 “Winners/Losers (part one): Flaka Haliti”, Stacion Cca, Prishtina, Kosovo


Group Exhibitions (selected):

2012 “Ein Sechstel der Erde, Über die Beziehung des Bildes zur Welt“, ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany

2011 “EAST by SOUTH WEST – Curated by Vienna 2011”, Gallery Martin Janda, Vienna, Austria

2010 “Heiss Oder Kalt“, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

2009 “Exception”, Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina; Napon, Novi Sad, Serbia

2008 “Plazma”, Siemens ArtLab Gallery, Vienna, Austria

2007 “Pa titull”, NoD Galerija, Prague, Czech Republic

2006 “Academy Remix/Missing Identity”, Portikus, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

This bibliography provides a list of books available in the
ERSTE Foundation Library

Books/Exhibition Catalogues

 

Rüdiger, Barbara, ed. 2014. I see a face. Do you see a face. Cologne: König.

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