Born 1986 in Kostërrc (Skenderaj-Kosovo),
lives and works in Berlin (Germany) and Pristina (Kosovo)
The work of Petrit Halilaj is related to the recent history of his country, Kosovo, and to the consequences of its political and cultural tensions. His works are pervaded by themes of ethnic conflict and war, which the artist addresses by rejecting any kind of pathos and adopting a critical yet optimistic approach, which enables him to more broadly examine concepts of nationhood and cultural identity. A large installation, Shkrepëtima (“flash” or “lightning bolt” in Albanian), recontextualises the sets, costumes and stage props of a one night performance that the artist gave in Runik in 2018. The piece continues the artist’s research into the historical roots of the small Kosovar town where he grew up, while reflecting on the potential of art and the value of memory.