Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo


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Sislej Xhafa

was born in Peja (Kosovo) in 1970, and lives and works in Brussels and New York.

Sislej Xhafa

In 1988 Sislej Xhafa left Kosovo for London, where he remained for a period before moving to Florence where he attended the Accademia di Belle Arti. In Italy, he consolidated a language manifested through a variety of media: video, performance, photographs and installations. Through diversified forms of expression, Xhafa uses irony and intelligence to shed light on the complexity of themes connected to immigration and the profound political and cultural differences among the countries he has passed through. His investigations on the phenomena of illegality, tourism and immigration for example, are manifested through minimal forms that are at once subversive and ironic.

Xhafa’s works have been exhibited in numerous institutions in Italy and abroad, among the most recent of which are: Unpoetic Bride, Galleria Continua Le Moulin (2012); The World Belongs to You, François Pinault Foundation, Palazzo Grassi, Venice; Y, Hardau City Park, Zurich; Still Untitled, MADRE Museum of Contemporary Art Donna Regina, Napels; Rearview Mirror, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto (2011); Spazio. Dalle collezioni di arte e architettura, MAXXI, Rome; Il Museo Privato. La passione per l’arte contemporanea nelle collezioni bergamasche, GAMeC, Bergamo; 2705 Baci..., Röda Sten, Goteborg (2010); Linguaggi e sperimentazioni, MART Rovereto Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto; Ibrido. Genetica delle forme, PAC Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milan; Barock, MADRE, Naples (2009); Business As Usual, Museum of Contemporary Art of Detroit; All-Inclusive. A Tourist World, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2008); Time Present, Time Past, Istanbul Museum Of Modern Art, Istanbul; Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art Rethinking Dissent, Goteborg, Sweden; All About Laughter Humor in Contemporary Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2007); PERFORMA 05, performance biennial, New York (2005); La alegria de mis sueños, Monasterio la Cartuja de Santa María de las Cuervas, I Bienal de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla, Fundación BIACS, Sevilla; The Renaissance Society, New Video, New Europe, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, St.Louis; Tate Modern, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks; Fundació ‘la Caixa’ la Sala Montcada, Barcellona; Haifa Museum of Art, Israel (2004), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2003); Uniform PS1, New York (2001); Fondazione Olivetti, Rome (2000).

He has also participated in a number of international expositions, including: Manifesta III (2000), the Biennials of Istanbul (2001), Tirana (2003), Kwanju, Korea (2002-2008) and Havana, Cuba (2008). In 1997 he illegally entered the Venice Biennale and was later officially invited for the 48th and 51st editions (1999 and 2005).