The Whale That Was A Submarine
Contemporary positions from Albania and Kosovo
Curated by: Julia Fabényi
Ludwig Múzeum, Kortárs Művészeti Múzeum, Budapest 2016
Custom-made concrete pots, metal parts, hand-crafted and plastered EPS buildings, soil, grass,
100 cm high, 300cm wide Installation view: Modelariumi Prishtina
Off – reflects on the forced process of landscape transformation engendered by social and political motivations. As a poor province of former Yugoslavia, landscape developments and urban planning reached Kosovo quite late, and did not last for long. Following the destruction caused by the war at the end of the 1990’s, a new claim arose demanding to erase the leftovers of the past: at the same time, the construction of illusions within an ideological transition became tangible through architectural endeavors. This phenomenon created a mixture of kitsch, fordized buildings, and rather unsophisticated visual townscapes. Off combines this urban view with personal reading of his environment by the artist, addressing the way individuals helped the rising of “ordinary utopias”.
The Series can be seen as a personal investigation to decipher urban signs, schemes, and elements through memory uniting realistic and utopist elements: all drawing depict a visual recalling of very specific places, cherished childhood- related locations of the artist, which are non existing anymore, with a subtle focus on how the human mind remembers and selects details of houses, streets, or city landscapes through time. Driton Selmani was curious to see if memories could be produced and reproduce, and weather how the transformation of close surroundings manipulates our most intimate visual thoughts.
45×40 cm mixed media on paper
Untitled Drawing, 2015
30×27 cm mixed media on paper
Untitled Union, 2012
Collage textile cut from flags, handmade scythe tale
Installation view: Ludwig Múzeum, Budapest
Utopia, The Place That Doesn’t Exist
Video Performance, unauthorized intevention on public space, color film with sound, 2’31”