FIELD MEETING: THINKING PERFORMANCE

Sislej XHAFA (New York)

Mother

Sislej Xhafa depicted himself as a quiet and obedient youth in his talk entitled Mother to confront rules of conduct and control mechanisms, subjects generally challenged by his conceptually vigorous works across a variety of mediums.


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Sislej Xhafa is known for works that could be described as ‘actions’ or conceptual strategies, which challenge cultural stereotypes, preconceived prejudices and institutional structures. Often exploring the modes through which contemporary society functions, he investigates social, economic and political realities to ultimately critique consumerism and its driving mechanisms. Xhafa’s recent exhibitions include I forgot that I started (harrova që fillova), curated by Ema Andrea and Klod Dedja, MAM Foundation, Tirana, AL (2014); Asymmetric Désir, Blain|Southern, London (2014); and Borderline: Collection Exhibition II, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa, Kanazawa, Japan (2013). He has exhibited widely, including Vice Versa at the Italian Pavilion of the 55th Venice Biennale; Time Present, Time Past, Istanbul Museum Of Modern Art, Istanbul; and Borderline: Collection Exhibition II, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa, Kanazawa, Japan (2013); Havana Biennial; Transmission Interrupted, Modern Art, Oxford; Tate Modern, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2003); Pause, Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju (2002); Egofugal, Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul; Casino, S.M.A.K., Gent; Uniform, PS1, New York (2001); Manifesta III, Ljubljana, Slovenia; and the Venice Biennale (1997,1999 & 2005).