ERZEN SHKOLOLLI, TITLE: Boutique Kosovo, Born: 1976, Peje, Kosovo, Lives/Works: Prishtina, 48 The Old High Street, CT20 1RN, 25 June – 25 September 2011.
‘Boutique Kosovo’ houses a rare and eclectic collection of Kosovan folkloric and ritual clothes collected by Shkololli over a two-year period of travelling to the furthest reaches of Kosovo. These garments, now almost obsolete, were worn at special occasions like births, marriages and funerals, and are intricately connected to Kosovan national identity. A limited edition of specially made traditional shirts can be bought at the Boutique.
“Shkololli, who works in Pristina, has gathered together traditional Kosovan costumes, made by this country’s craftswomen – except he has displayed them as if in some upscale minimalist store (think Marni). This is not the most nuanced commentary on globalisation that I’ve ever seen, but the garments are so fascinatingly exquisite – they seem almost to have the quality of religious relics – I’ll forgive him. Besides, isn’t this what we want for towns like Folkestone? Small (and possibly useful) shops rather than chain stores. Beauty rather than blandness. What you might call, feeling daring, a soul.” – Guardian.
Recent solo exhibitions:
‘Wreath’, DAAD Gallery, Berlin (2009)
‘Hey You…’, Gallery Raketa, Usti nad Labem (2005)
‘Beautiful Way’, Gallery Claudio Poleschi Arte Contemporaneo, Lucca (2001)
Recent group exhibitions:
‘Gender Check. Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe’, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung, Vienna (2010)
‘RITORNELL. Nine Stories’, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck (2008)
‘Prospectif cinéma’, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2007)
‘People Land State’, The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon (2006)
‘Interrupted Histories’, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana (2006)
‘The Joy of My Dreams’ First Seville International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Seville (2004)
‘New Video, New Europa’, Renaissance Society, Chicago; Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; Tate Modern, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; The North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks; The Kitchen, New York (2004-6)
DAAD Fellowship in Berlin (2008/09)
Premio Michetti Prize of Fondazion Michetti di Francavilla al Mare (2001)