Containporary

Curator/EXHIBITOR Maksut Vezgishi, Pavilion Of The Republic Of Kosovo. Earth is Home / The role of urbanization is to create sustainable environments that bond humans with Nature and it is part of planetary biodiversity. Hence, this is the noblest mission of architecture. Global urbanization is in expansion: population growth, constructions of megastructures (housing, economy, communications, etc.). The process involves countries and societies where every decision—making has a global impact, thus lack of sustainable planning places Earth at risk. The most acute issue is the global warming crisis. We lack the awareness and coordinated actions in order to avoid the effects of climate disaster. Today we learned that no human action can be viewed as an individual anymore.

Love Letters

…The banality of the plastic, the ever-expanding harm it causes to our planet turns the plastic bag into an example of invasive species, furthermore, an illustration of the visual vocabulary of our times. The plastic bags stand as emblems of mass consumption and noxious consumerism. They contain a critique of commodity culture, to revisit Walter Benjamin.Inspired by the shopping lists his wife was giving to him, Selmani entitled them Love Letters. For him, this was the ‘next level’ of love achieved between the couple: a list of things to be bought and brought home, a list of duties to be checked off the to-do list. He sees the bags as a conceptual space that love can reside in as he has extended this list into his thoughts. The void created by the presence of the bag is filled with his handwritten thoughts… “Not to be used as a bag,” “My borders your bothers,” “Never say no to yes,” “The irony of history is that history has no irony,” or “Our past is our common future” are some examples… It is an artistic impulse for Selmani to use and capture the shopping lists to create a living archive. He gives agency to the banal plastic bags while transforming them into assemblages as well as still lives: frozen in time on a wall – immortalizing his discoveries, thoughts, and frustrations.Can the plastic bag be a metaphor for our times? Normally one tries to get rid of plastic bags, yet, in Selmani’s hands, they are memorialized forever. An abiding interest in questioning how we perceive the world and how to make sense of it frames (t)his work. Love Letters allows him to hold onto love as well as thoughts.