Speculating on the Blue
Kosovo Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale
Nicolaus Schafhausen (Ed.)
For the Kosovo Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, artist Flaka Haliti created the installation Speculating on the Blue, reflecting on the meaning of borders, democracy, freedom and mobility. The skeletons of barrier-like objects in the space are a reference to the aesthetics of the concrete walls that are erected between nations as a materialization of conflict. Haliti’s installation aims at demilitarizing and decontextualizing this specific aesthetic practice by stripping the columns down to their material essence and juxtaposing them with elements that are by nature resistant to the concept of borders. In this scenario, the horizon and the blue pictorial ground, which directly references the blue-painted barriers in front of the Kosovo UN, create a counter image to the concept of borders as a tool to raise new perspectives. In addition is an artist’s conversation with Markus Miessen and an essay by curator Vanessa Joan Müller.
4 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches / 176 pp / 9 color
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