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Love Letters

“I wish you were a plastic bag so that you could be eternal”. Coined by Driton Selmani, this epigram is one of hundreds to fill the pages of his notebooks. At the moment he transferred it to a plastic bag, it became a love letter, one of the multitude of missives to everyone and no one the artist has been composing since 2018. The idea for this expansive body of work emerged out of the realization that love is to be found as much in the shopping lists your partner sends you – buy four aubergines, a bottle of olive oil, and something to go with the tea – as it is in a poem, a letter, a text or sext message. Covering topics from politics to ecology, from art to philosophy, the plastic love letters function as a kind of journal to last ten thousand years, as an ongoing documentation of everyday epiphanies and postulations, desires, and anxieties.

Catherine Nichols
Curator — Manifesta 14 Prishtina




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Letter No. 020, 2020
Acrylic on found plastic bag
Dimensions: 42 x 28 cm
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Letter No. 021, 2021
Acrylic on found plastic bag
Dimensions: 60 x 50 cm
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Letter No. 022, 2020
Marker on found plastic bag
Dimensions: 42 x 28 cm
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Letter No. 023, 2022
Acrylic on found plastic bag
Dimensions: 60 x 50 cm
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Letter No. 024, 2020
Acrylic on found plastic bag
Dimensions: 45 × 33 cm
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Letter No. 026, 2019
India Ink on found plastic bag
Dimensions: 45 × 33 cm
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Letter No. 027, 2020
Acrylic on found plastic bag
Dimensions: 45 × 33 cm
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Letter No: 028, 2019
Black pen on found plastic bag
Dimensions: 40 × 30 cm
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Letter No. 029, 2020
Black marker on found plastic bag
Dimensions: 40 × 26 cm
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Letter No. 030, 2020
Acrylic on high-density plastic bag
Dimensions: 50 × 32 cm
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Letter No. 031, 2019
Acrylic on high-density plastic bag
Dimensions: 56 × 34 cm
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Letter No. 032, 2019
Marker on found plastic bag
Dimensions: 50 × 35 cm
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Letter No. 033, 2019
Acrylic on found plastic bag
Dimensions: 55 × 35 cm
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Letter No. 034, 2020
Acrylic on found plastic bag
Dimensions: 40 × 30 cm
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Letter No. 035, 2019
Marker on found plastic bag
Dimensions: 45 × 33 cm
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Letter No. 036, 2022
India Ink on found plastic bag
Dimensions: 45 × 33 cm
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Letter No. 037, 2019
India Ink on found plastic bag
Dimensions: 42 x 28 cm
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Letter No. 038, 2019
India Ink on found plastic bag
Dimensions: 45 × 35 cm
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Letter No. 039, 2019
Acrylic on found plastic bag
Dimensions: 55 × 45 cm
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Letter No. 040, 2020
Acrylic on found plastic bag
Dimensions: 46 × 39 cm
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Letter No. 041, 2020
Marker on found plastic bag
Dimensions: 37 × 25 cm
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Letter No. 042, 2020
Acrylic on found plastic bag
Dimensions: 50 × 50 cm
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Letter No. 043, 2020
Acrylic on found plastic bag
Dimensions: 45 × 35 cm
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Letter No. 043, 2020
Marker on found plastic bag
Dimensions: 45 × 35 cm
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Letter No. 044, 2018
Acrylic on found plastic bag
Dimensions: 50 × 50 cm
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Letter No. 045, 2018
Acrylic on found plastic bag
Dimensions: 45 × 35 cm
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Letter No. 046, 2018
Acrylic on found plastic bag
Dimensions: 45 × 35 cm
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