Venice - National Participation

Kosovo

Arsenale

09 May 2015 — 22 Nov 2015

For her solo presentation at the Kosovo Pavilion Flaka Haliti (b.1982, Prishtina) conceived a site-specific project. The installation Speculating on the Blue reflects on the meaning of borders, democracy, freedom and mobility.

Haliti addresses the topos of borders that are not only part of her personal history but also our everyday global reality. The artist specifically examines the features of the borderland, often deserted and seemingly decaying within a short period of time. Barriers are manmade manifestations of political decisions made about territories, which are often drawn with little regard for natural and ethnical boundaries. Haliti aims at de-militarizing and defamiliarizing the aesthetic regime that is embodied by physical borders through the creation of a counter image. In doing so she transforms the former into a sign of optimism. Her approach is one of recontextualizing global politics through disconnection from its regime of appearance. The metaphor of the horizon, simultaneously emblem of possibility and enigma of our limitations is woven into the fabric of our past and present. By drawing on the universal meaning of this metaphor, the artist removes the image economy of the horizon from any specific spatial-temporal context and speculates on its validity as an eternal truth.

  • Flaka Haliti, Speculating on the Blue, 2015, installation Views, Pavilion of The Republic of Kosovo, 56th La Biennale di Venezia. Photo Credit: Marc Krause. Courtesy of the Artist and LambdaLambdaLambda. Flaka Haliti, Speculating on the Blue, 2015, installation Views, Pavilion of The Republic of Kosovo, 56th La Biennale di Venezia. Photo Credit: Marc Krause. Courtesy of the Artist and LambdaLambdaLambda.
  • Flaka Haliti, Speculating on the Blue, 2015, installation Views, Pavilion of The Republic of Kosovo, 56th La Biennale di Venezia. Photo Credit: Marc Krause. Courtesy of the Artist and LambdaLambdaLambda. Flaka Haliti, Speculating on the Blue, 2015, installation Views, Pavilion of The Republic of Kosovo, 56th La Biennale di Venezia. Photo Credit: Marc Krause. Courtesy of the Artist and LambdaLambdaLambda.