Exhibition: ASYMMETRIC DÉSIR, venue: London Hanover Square 13 December 2013 – 25 January 2014, opening hours: Monday to Friday: 10.00 – 18.00, Saturday: 10.00 – 17.00.
Blain|Southern is delighted to present asymmetric désir, the first ever solo exhibition by Kosovar artist Sislej Xhafa in the United Kingdom.
Bringing together painting, sculpture and installation, Xhafa explores the effects of contemporary consumerism, examining the social, economic and political imbalances inherent in all capitalist societies. Using an ironic and subversive black humour that is intrinsic to his practice, the artist works to expose the limitations of material possessions, highlighting the futility of commercial desire when considered within a broader context of metaphysical and existential questions.
Xhafa once described how ‘reality is stronger than art. As an artist I do not want to reflect a reality, but I do want to question it.’ asymmetric désir represents the artist’s continued ambition to lay bare the realities of psychological and political exploitations that are rife throughout contemporary society.
Sislej Xhafa (b.1970) was born in Peja, Kosovo. He is known for creating works that address economic, social and political complexities, using a minimal language that is simultaneously ironic and subversive. Xhafa’s practice typically incorporates a wide range of media, from sculpture and installation to drawing, performance and photography. He famously confronted the legal status of his country of origin, Kosovo, in 1997, presenting himself as the one-man Clandestine Albanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Xhafa currently lives and works in New York.