How to gather? Acting in a Center in a City in the Heart of the Island of Eurasia

Under challenging circumstances, the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art opts for a radical format and changes its structure: the biennale will be condensed into ten days. Artistic, discursive and reflective moments will shape the space. Located in the Pavilion No.1 of VDNKh, it is here that the Moscow Biennale will evolve, as a think tank in real time.

Biennale: Sept 22 - Oct 1, 2015
Documentary exhibition project: Oct 3 - Oct 11, 2015

Flaka grey

Haliti, Flaka

°1982
Born in Pristina,
Based in Pristina,
Based in Munich, DE
Based in Vienna, AT

“Flaka Haliti is not interested in the recent debate on the political per se. She avoids and escapes the fashionable. Her credo goes more like: less political to be more political. Haliti performs this gesture smartly, being fully aware and understanding the sensitive and complex nature of setting herself apart from a previous, male-dominated generation in Kosovo, which primarily aimed for European integration in the sense of a deep and somewhat ironic longing for the West. Her work neither questions nor does it provoke in a blunt fashion. Rather, she responds to provocation and existing realities without an underlying or superimposed ambition to provoke: less irony – more easy.” (Markus Miessen)

“If they can be tolerant, so can you!” says the poster Flaka Haliti proposes as an image for the central space of VDNKh Pavilion Nr.1. The picture was part of an image campaign organised by KFOR (Kosovo Force) in 2010. With the image of a cat and dog snuggling on a couch, the NATO-lead force advertised for (the creation of) a peaceful environment that would promote tolerance between different entities.