PROJECT MISSING INDENTITY WITH THEIR GALLERY IN PEJE, KOSOVO
There is a popular saying in Kosovo that "what is missing doesn't hurt." It is here that a crucial point must be made. The project aims to enhance the presence of what is gravely missing in society in Kosovo: cultural, linguistic, and ethnic diversity. Missing Identity queries the attempts to establish a unified national identity and propagates the protection of difference. The goal is to change that missing reality into a promising, European one -by help of cultural education, international transfer of knowledge, promotion of international co-productions, publishing of cultural productions and artistic-theoretical discourses at home as well as abroad.
While the activities of "EXIT" precede its legal founding, the majority of this organization's work begins in the summer of 1999, after NATO's arrival in Kosova. EXIT was founded by artists as a direct result of the lack of curators and cultural managers in Kosova and the needs for artists to create and establish new and healthy relations with the outside world as well as offering different artistic models as alternatives to the already existing ones.
Founders and leaders of EXIT are Erzen Shkololli and Sokol Beqiri, both artists from Peja. EXIT started its activities as a result of the frustration felt by artists and other creative people in a post-conflict situation, and from antagonism and heightened controversy that was ironically in many ways "artistically" attractive. On the one hand, energy accumulated over 10 years was such that it burst and exploded as it found itself having to adjust to new circumstances after the end of the war, which involved working once again in an environment lacking structure, albeit under different overall conditions. Given these chaotic "artistic" conditions, EXIT (and its supporters) continued to search, focus and specify its needs for this kind of community and structure that shares a common viewpoint, direction, and vision.
It's a fact by now that the young contemporary Kosova'r art is having an important impact on the international art scene. The role that the organizing of a prestigious international art events, such as exhibitions in EXIT Gallery in Pejë, has a vital importance in not only having made it possible this events, but also they have contributed a lot to changing the image of the country itself.
This EXIT Gallery aims at presenting high profile contemporary artists, with a lot of creative energy, selected by high profile international standards. The previous years experience has shown that EXIT Gallery has been a launching platform for many young and aspiring artists, Kosovar and foreigner as well. This due to the combined showing of their work with more established artists, as well as through contacts with galleries, curators, and critics, invited, as participants to the round tables organized within the framework of the shows. However, due to a very unstable political condition that the country is constantly experiencing, despite the very successful echo the project has had, it hasn't managed yet to be a structure independent from political mood. Therefore, it still needs all the support that can be granted to it, by all institutions, foundations, businesses and individuals, who are keen in changing and improving the image of this country and extend the range of possibilities offered especially to a hopeless young generation.
Considering the challenge this project offers
and the above mentioned interest on the young Kosovar art scene, there
is already a large international interest to the outcome of EXIT Gallery.
Professional public, curators, critics, gallerists and art fans have
already shown a lot of interest in the events that they are happening
in the EXIT Gallery. The EXIT Gallery still offers the best chance to
luring a significant number of art professionals to Kosovo, for the
simple reason that EXIT Gallery offers a lot of possibilities to know
more and establish eventual exchange of benefit to the participating
artists and to the visitors as well.
Also regarding the follow up of the EXIT Gallery project is planning to start with a series of encounters, and round tables with public debates on issues of contemporary art and related to the show's that they will take place in the EXIT Gallery itself..EXIT Gallery aims at broadening the artistic audience, offering an incredible chance of interchange between artists, critics, curators and public.
EXIT Gallery in Peja, where organizing a number
of exhibitions with some of the most important international and Albanian
artists, curators art critics of our times. Thus which they worked till
now with EXIT Gallery are:Shona Illingworth, Ermelinda Agalliu, Juan-Pedro
Fabra, Mohammad Hamid, Alban Hajdinaj, Gentian Shkurti, Jutta Benzenberg
Klosi,Henrik Andersson, Migjen Kelmendi,Edi Muka, Lekë Tasi, Adrian
Paci, Edi Hila, Danica Dakic, Kurt&Plasto ,Andreas Leikauf ,David
Moises , Monochrom , Ivan Moudov , Neboja eri? oba
,The Blue Noses Group, Margarethe Makovec & Anton Lederer, Dan Perjovschi,
Mislim Mulliqi,Gentian Shkurti, Maja Bajevic, Sejla Kameric,Edo Numankadic,Gordana-
Andjelic-Galic,Alam Suljevic,Sanja Ivekovic, Ayse Erkmen ,Sener Ozmen,Roza
El-Hassan, Nina Fischer/Maroan el Sani, Christoph Keller,Daniel Pflumm,
Heidi Specker,Inke Arns, Goran Devi?, Vlatka Horvat ,David Maljkovi?
,Mario Mikovi? ,Platforma 9, 81 ,Marko Tadi?, What, How, for Whom
(WHW) is an independent curatorial collective, Emanuel Licha,Stefano
Romano, Anri Sala, Michal Kolecek ,Pavlina Fichta Cierna ,Zdena Koleckova
,Michaela Thelenova,Oliver Musovik.