Untitled Union, 2012

Collage textile cut from flags, handcrafted scythe tale
Dimensions: 300 x 250 cm
Installation view: Fog, Curated by Avi Lubin
The National Gallery of Kosovo
Photo: Majlinda Hoxha


Selmani’s collage flag addresses the feeling of being trapped between the concepts of identity and belonging. It is meant to be a sort of visual journey, questioning memory and the approach of nostalgia, bringing to the mind of the viewer the notions of national anthems, the meaning of colors within collective memory, the attempts of name territories, or the reminiscence of conflict and repression. A search for possible cultural and personal identity and its relation to the past and the present is what characterizes this and many other works by Selmani.

Text: Kálmán Borbála