Poisoned by men in need of some love (Special Edition)

Poisoned by men in need of some love (Special Edition)
Author: Petrit Halilaj
Publisher: Motto Books, WIELS Contemporary Art Center
Size: 10 x 15 cm
Weight: 150 g
Binding: -
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Product Description

80 color photographic reproductions of photographs found in the archive of the ex-Natural History Museum of Kosovo.

This edition accompanies the catalogue produced on occasion of Petrit Halilaj’s solo exhibition at WIELS Contemporary Art Center in Brussels, and depicts old archival images from the ex-Natural History Museum of Kosovo, a museum which was cancelled and dismounted right after the war in Kosovo to give space to an ethnological Museum of Albanian Culture.
All the animals and objects in the museum were stored inside a cellar until the artist got the permission to open the doors and check their conditions, which appeared to be extremely devastating.
These images, together with others also found in the Museum´s archive, are the only testimony of the original status of the animals while in the Museum.

Poisoned by men in need of some love (Special Edition), 2013

photographs mounted on cardboard, 10 x 15 cm each, signed

Ed. 1 + 1 AP (plus one full set)

each edition consists of one single photo from the series of 80, with the catalogue.


About the book:

Published on the occasion of the solo exhibition of Petrit Halilaj, Poisoned by men in need of some love, organised by WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels (September 7, 2013-January 5, 2014), and curated by Elena Filipovic.


"Museum of Natural History Pristina

The pages that follow reproduce almost the entire contents of the archives of the now-defunct Museum of Natural History, Pristina, as found by Petrit Halilaj in July 2013."

Petrit Halilaj (b. 1986 in Kostërrc; lives and works in Berlin, Kosovo, and Mantova) studied art at the Brera Academy in Milan. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions including Pavilion of the Republic of Kosovo at the 55th Venice Biennale, 2013; Who does the earth belong to while painting the wind?! (Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, 2012) and Petrit Halilaj (Kunstraum Innsbruck, 2011); as well as in group exhibitions, including The New Public (Museion, Bolzano), It doesn’t always have to be beautiful, unless it’s beautiful (The Kosovo Art Gallery, Pristina), Lost and found (a nomadic initiative for contemporary art, Antwerp), 30 Künstler/30 Räume (Kunstverein Nürnberg/Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft, Nürnberg; all 2012), Ostalgia (New Museum, New York, 2011) and the 6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (Berlin, 2010).