Sislej Xhafa

Artist Talk

March 10, 2017 / 18:30

Join artist Sislej Xhafa to discuss his work in relation to Pera Museum’s Cold Front from the Balkans exhibition. The artist will discuss his work Still Untitled from the exhibition as well as his other works. The talk will focus on stereotypical views, an on-going theme in many of his works, as well as how the social, economic, and political reality of today’s society are positioned around consumption culture. His Kosovan roots and the questioning of legal status constitute the basis of his artistic quest. He uses his personal experiences to study the processes such as tourism, enforced illegality, the concept of a nation, and the refusal to use the right to vote. Xhafa uses a conceptual language and an ironic, humorous, and disruptive attitude.

Sislej Xhafa was born in Kosova in 1970 and currently lives in New York. Throughout his career, he has held many exhibitions in international venues. Among selected exhibitions are MAXXI Museum, Rome (2016); GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano (2016); 55th Venice Biennial, Italian Pavilion, Venice (2013); Blain Southern Gallery, London (2013); Non Gallery, Istanbul (2012); GALLERIA CONTINUA, Les Moulins (2012). Xhafa will represent the Republic of Kosova at the 2017 Venice Biennial.

Free of admissions, drop in. This event will take place in the auditorium. The talk will be in English with simultaneous Turkish translation.

Temporary Exhibition

Cold Front from the Balkans

Pera Museum’s Cold Front from the Balkans exhibition curated by Ali Akay and Alenka Gregorič brought together contemporary artists from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.

Cold Front from the Balkans

At the Order of the Padishah

At the Order of the Padishah

In this piece, Żmurko presents an exotic image of a harem chamber, replete with gleaming fabrics and scattered jewels, as a setting for the statuesquely beautiful body of an odalisque murdered “at the order of the padishah”. 

Geography

Geography

Pera Museum’s Cold Front from the Balkans exhibition curated by Ali Akay and Alenka Gregorič brings together contemporary artists from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.

Midnight Horror Stories: The Landlord <br> Hakan Bıçakcı

Midnight Horror Stories: The Landlord
Hakan Bıçakcı

Three people sleeping side by side. On the uncomfortable seats of the stuffy airplane in the air. Three friends. I’m the friend in the window seat. The other two are a couple, Emre and Melisa. I’m alone, they are together. And another difference. I’ve only closed my eyes. They are asleep.