Specultating on the Blue: KONTAKT Supports Publication for Venice Biennale

Speculating on the Blue

On 6 May 2015, the 56th International Art Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia 2015 will open its doors. This year, Flaka Haliti, born 1982 in Prishtina, today living in Munich, was chosen by Vienna-based curator Nicolaus Schafhausen to represent the Republic of Kosovo. For her solo presentation at the Kosovo Pavilion Flaka Haliti conceived the site-specific installation Speculating on the Blue reflecting on the meaning of borders, democracy, freedom and mobility.

The catalogue of Speculating on the Blue is published by Sternberg Press and designed by Bardhi Haliti. It includes essays by Flaka Haliti, Vanessa Joan Müller, Markus Miessen and Nicolaus Schafhausen. It is produced with the support of KONTAKT. The Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation.

The skeletons of barrier-like objects that occupy the exhibition space are a reference to the aesthetics of the concrete walls that are erected between nations and regions as a materialization of conflict. Haliti’s installation aims at de-militarizing and de-contextualizing this specific aesthetic regime by stripping the columns down to their material essence and juxtaposing them with elements that are by nature resistant to the concept of borders. In this scenario, the horizon and the blue pictorial ground create a counter image to the concept of borders and function as a tool to raise new perspectives. The interplay of the elements and the different images they generate is the artist’s method for creating an intermediate space that allows for the subjective experience of viewers engaging with her work.

Her approach is one of recontextualizing global politics through disconnection from its regime of appearance. The metaphor of the horizon, simultaneously emblem of possibility and enigma of our limitations is woven into the fabric of our past and present. By drawing on the universal meaning of this metaphor, the artist removes the image economy of the horizon from any specific spatial-temporal context and speculates on its validity as an eternal truth.

With Speculating on the Blue, Flaka Haliti positions the observer in an intermediate space that oscillates between expansion and confinement, proximity and distance; a space that opens up multiple temporal dimensions simultaneously and as a result is experienced as a work of constant actualization.

Pavilion of the Republic of Kosovo
Opening: 6th May, 2015 at 3 pm

56th International Art Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia 2015
Artist: Flaka Haliti
Curator: Nicolaus Schafhausen
Arsenale Artiglierie
Calle Della Tana
2169/f Castello
30122 Venezia


photo: Pavilion of the Republic of Kosovo