Born in Kostërc (Kosovo) in 1986, Petrit Halilaj lives and works in-between Germany, Kosovo and Italy.
His work is deeply connected with the recent history of his country, and the consequences of the political and cultural tensions in the region. But while confronting a collective memory, his work often originates from a personal experience and it is usually the result of an intimate process and a shared moment with someone he loves. His unique, and sometimes irreverent, way to playfully confront the essence of reality results in a deep reflection on memory, freedom, cultural identity and life discoveries.
His work has already been shown in several solo exhibitions at the New Museum in NYC, at Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milano, Kölnischer Kunstverein in Köln, at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, the National Gallery of Kosovo, Prishtina, the Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon, the Fondation d’Entreprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris, WIELS – Contemporary Art Center -, Brussels; as well as in group shows at the 57th Venice Biennale, Fondazione Merz in Turin, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles, Palazzo Grassi in Venice, and the Westfälischer Kunstverein in Münster.
Petrit Halilaj was the first artist to represent Kosovo at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. He won the special mention of the jury of the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017.