Petrit Halilaj

Kosovar, b. 1986

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Petrit Halilaj

Kosovar, b. 1986

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Growing up in a rural village in Kosovo during the Serbian-Kosovar war, Petrit Halilaj fled with his family after his house was razed to the ground. In his installations and sculptures, Halilaj explores this personal history and constructs dwellings and shelters that symbolize the personal space that was taken from his youth. At the 2010 Berlin Biennale, Halilaj exhibited a replica framework of the house his family built following the war, in and around which a roost of chickens was let loose and allowed to wander. Chickens, which featured heavily in his upbringing, recur in Halilaj’s work in live form, as a hybrid, deformed species in drawings, and through the image of the nest. It has been suggested that Halilaj’s fascination with what he has dubbed “bourgeois hens” is a commentary on the migration of Kosovar populations from rural to urban spaces.

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Biography

Growing up in a rural village in Kosovo during the Serbian-Kosovar war, Petrit Halilaj fled with his family after his house was razed to the ground. In his installations and sculptures, Halilaj explores this personal history and constructs dwellings and shelters that symbolize the personal space that was taken from his youth. At the 2010 Berlin Biennale, Halilaj exhibited a replica framework of the house his family built following the war, in and around which a roost of chickens was let loose and allowed to wander. Chickens, which featured heavily in his upbringing, recur in Halilaj’s work in live form, as a hybrid, deformed species in drawings, and through the image of the nest. It has been suggested that Halilaj’s fascination with what he has dubbed “bourgeois hens” is a commentary on the migration of Kosovar populations from rural to urban spaces.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
New Museum
Group
Group show at a major institution
New Museum, and 3 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 1 more
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May 12th, 2015
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