Poisoned by men in need of some love (Quattuor Bubo bubo)

Date: 2013
Medium: Installation of four owls, iron, cow excrement, earth, glue, copper structure
Collection: Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin - Acquisition 2013
Petrit Halilaj, Poisoned by men in need of some love exhibition, WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels 2013 © Laura Toots
Through Poisoned by men in need of some love, the artist Petrit Halilaj plans to rediscover the taxidermized animals of Natural History Museum in Pristina, Kosovo. With 850 specimens, this collection was moved from one museum to another, then walled up and forgotten in favor of a exposition of national folklore.
Petrit Halilaj made copies of these stuffed animals. In parallel he shot a film entitled July, 14th? documenting his ongoing excavation. The pieces consist of earth, rubble, wooden slats. The ghostly presence of these phoenix evokes the myth of the "lost" museum but also the hope of a rebirth. The forced exile, corruption and loss to which this work refers are concepts closely related to the artist’s life. He had to flee with his family to a refugee camp in Albania as a young boy during the conflict in Kosovo. Petrit Halilaj's ultimately critical works question key notions such as "home," "nation," and "cultural identity." Thus they reveal sociopolitical realities between memory and actuality, the ingenuous and the fictive, the infinitely personal and commonly shared experience.

Production specifications

The Fondation preserves and documents traces of the works at various stages of their creation (sketches, models, prototypes, etc.).
Mise en contexte du département d'histoire naturelle du Musée de Kosovo
14 May 2014
Exposition "July, 14th?" de Petrit Halilaj à Lafayette Anticipations
24 October 2013
Discussions sur le transfert de pièces et la scénographie de l'exposition "July, 14th?"
02 October 2013
Exposition "Petrit Halilaj : Poisoned by men in need of some love" au WIELS (Bruxelles)
07 September 2013
Petrit Halilaj