Born in Kosovo in 1986, Petrit Halilaj currently works between Germany, Kosovo and Italy. As a child, he escaped the war in Kosovo, and found shelter with his family in a refugee camp. The themes of ethnic conflict and war emerge in his work. As he confronts them, the artist renounces all pathos and nostalgia, preferring a critical but optimistic approach. Since his earliest works, Halilaj has chosen to work with materials and subjects that are strictly connected to his homeland and to his childhood memories, which allow him to examine the concept of the ‘nuclear family’, ‘nation’ and ‘cultural identity’.
Petrit Halilaj has exhibited at various international institutions: the Kunstraum in Innsbruck (2011), the WIELS Contemporary Art Center in Bruxelles (2013), the Kölnischer Kunstverein di Colonia, the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn (2015) and at Pirelli Hangar Bicocca in Milan (2015).