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Flaka Haliti

Spatial Hijacks by Sculpture
19–31 July 2021

Flaka Haliti, Austellungsansicht
Watchu expect me to do when I lose my cool?, 2020, installation view. Photo: Ulrich Gebert (courtesy the artist and Deborah Schamoni)

Course format
Hybrid class

Either Fortress Hohensalzburg (on site) or online

Teaching Language
English (Albanian also available)

What to bring
Laptop/tablet with camera and microphone, pens, brushes, or any other working/archival material.

Maximum number of participants
12 on site, 6 online

Teaching assistant
Bruna Esperi

Participation fee
€ 640,– (€ 480,–)

In the process of practising mixed media, sculpture and spatial installation in a site-specific approach, students are encouraged to work conceptually by adapting political strategies that operate as a hijack towards the relational rather than conditional modes of spatial production. While introducing all forms of flexibility towards imaginative spaces of exchange, students learn to read that a purely abstract form of an object or a neutral space is never 'innocent' but is itself a form of life that plays a decisive role in the inscription in time.

Through the workshop and research, students understand the practice of rearrangements, appropriation, hybridity and other ways of visual abstraction. The 'performative object' can deliver a set of data in any given semiotic field, where every small detail then starts to matter. Thus it will connect to a set of aesthetic experiences, as a part of in-between boundary conditions stemming from both the access of making and that of being made in existing speculative  space.

Accompanied by reading groups, city walks and guest lectures, students engage in counter-poetic interplay, while learning and unlearning at the same time takes place as an unrehearsed encounter.

Different strategies of working and communicating enable students to resist and navigate through different spatial and normative demands: either reacting/responding to it or refusing to do so. Such an approach is a way of de-touring where the existing modes of artistic production and knowledge can be rearticulated.
Flaka Haliti’s artistic practice includes mixed media, sculpture, and spatial installation with a decidedly site-specific approach. Appropriation and rearrangement are continuous lines in her works, whereby new aesthetic patterns are created. Haliti emphasizes altered perceptions on a visual level as well as in conceptual methods, to engage in political reflection and geopolitical preoccupations. Mediated by the sensory and by visual fields, territorial boundaries and powers – such as national borders or the dispositions of associations like the UN or the European Union – are brought to negotiation. Importantly, her works steadily confront the languages of identity-construction in order to transcend its categorisations of gender or nationality while introducing detour as a game-plan of resistance. Occupying in-between states, Haliti furthermore challenges humanist perspectives and authority, over-representation and abstraction – not only on a visual level, but also in a conceptual approach through political strategies. Her practice operates as a dialogue between the notions of abrogation and appropriation – the one rejecting the standard and demands of systematic order, and the other making an adaptation of it. The result is the opening of a field for counter-poetics as an ongoing "in-betweenness" inside a dialectical performative space.

Solo exhibitions
Flaka Haliti, Kunstverein Friedrichshafen, Friedrichshafen (DE). WIND, Opernatelier, commissioned by Kunsthaus Bregenz and Bregenzer Festspiele, Bregenz (AT). Billboard Kunstinsel Lenbachplatz, commissioned by the Culture Department of the City of Munich, Munich (DE). 2020 Watchu expect me to do when I lose my cool, Deborah Schamoni, Munich. 2018 Here – or Rather There, Is Over There, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg (DE); Kunsthalle Lingen, Lingen (DE); National Gallery of Arts, Tirana. 2016 My Gravity Slipped Away, S.A.L.T.S., Kunstverein Birsfelden, Basel (CH); 2015, Pavilion of Kosovo, 56. La Biennale die Venezia, Venice (IT). 2014 See a Face. Do You See A Face., mumok, Museum of Modern Art, Vienna.

Group exhibitions
2022 BREATHLESS, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto (CA) (upcoming). 2021 Endless Express, EUROPALIA International, Brussels (upcoming). What If a Journey..., Autostrada Biennale, Prizren, Kosovo. The Endless Frontier, Baltic Triennial, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius. 2020 HURRICANES AND OTHER CATASTROPHES. Museum Lenbachhaus Munich. The clouds and the cloud, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Siegen (DE). 2019 Shortlist exhibition of the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2019, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin. HERE AND NOW, Transcorporealities, Museum Ludwig, Cologne (DE). 40,000, Small Sculpture Triennial, Fellbach (DE). 2018 Busan Biennale, Busan (KR). Symptoms of Society I, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong (CN); Zhejiang (CN). 2016 Political Populism, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna. 2015 HOW TO GATHER?, 6th Moscow Biennale, Moscow.

Since 2013
PhD in Practice Program at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna.
2012-2013 Meisterschülerin, Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main (DE).
2008-2012 Städelschule, Prof. Judith Hopf, Frankfurt am Main (DE).
2002-2006 Bachelor in Graphic at the Faculty of Arts Pristina University, Pristina.

Teaching experience
2021 Spatial Hijacks by Sculpture, course at: Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts.
Flaka Haliti
photo: Alexandra Bertels