But No But ( or vice versa )

But No But ( or vice versa )

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The sculpture “But No But (or vice versa)” by Driton Selmani, an artist from Kosovo, contemplates the idea of deconstruction of social, political, and cultural perceptions embodied all around the artist. He defines the sculpture as a reconstruction of personal convictions, expressed in visual artifacts based on his own beliefs and doubts. This piece is impressive in its own simplicity, the manner in which Selmani has managed to remain true to the concept of materialization of the immaterial things, that is simultaneously ephemeral and monumental, clear and abstract, personal and social, a feeling that implies a parallel presence and absence. Viewers are confronted with a palpable duality, prompting reflection on existence and interconnectedness. Through "No But No (or Vice Versa)," Selmani challenges us to reconsider our perceptions and delve into the spaces between truth and interpretation.

Installation view:

Hydrometeorological Affairs Office, Skopje / North Macedonia

* The jury, comprised of Iva Dimovski (art historian), Velimir Zernovski (artist), and Yane Calovski (artist), unanimously decided to award the "Most Successful Author and Work" prize at the 13th International Biennial of Young Artists - "Passion for Wandering" to the following individuals: Natasha Nedelkova (Macedonia), for her work entitled "Tissues of Identity," a video from 2020; Darko Aleksovski (Macedonia), for his work "To Be Alone With You," a space and video installation from 2019; and Driton Selmani (Kosovo), for his sculpture "No But No (or Vice Versa)" from 2019. This marks the first time that the award, which includes a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje, has been bestowed upon three artists and their respective works. The jury deemed these selections to be the most compelling achievements showcased at the biennial. In 2022, the chosen artists will have the opportunity to independently exhibit their works at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje, with support and funding from the annual program of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of North Macedonia.

But No But ( or vice versa ) 2019
Welded Steel scutlpture, Dimensions: 300 x 30 x 85 x 115 cm
installation view: Hydrometeorological Affairs Office, Skopje
Photo: Maja Argakijeva
Courtesy of the artist ©