The work of Flaka Haliti, who originates from Kosovo, revolves
around questions relating to society, which Haliti describes with
analytical insight using a wide variety of media.
The photographic installation “Now You Are
So Well” is based on a personal experience
of the artist. During her time as a student at the
Städelschule art academy in Frankfurt, a
search for a part-time job led the young artist to a chicken farm
outside the city. She was shocked by the systematic division of the
chickens into two separate facilities: one for those capable of
producing eggs and another for those who could no longer lay. The
latter group were destined directly for the slaughterhouse. Flaka
Haliti resigned from her part-time job. But she did not drop the
issue – not once she found out that it was
the eggs from this chicken farm that were used in the canteen of
the art academy where she herself studied.
The painful truth regarding infertility as a criteria for
exclusion and the economic cycle of production, distribution and
consumption inspired Haliti to create her work
“Now You Are So
Well”. The artist spread the feathers of
the rejected chickens on the glass roof of the canteen and
documented her temporary installation in photographs. A section of
a quote that artist Raymond Pettibon left behind on the wall of the
canteen in the 1990s during a visit to the
Städelschule art academy then also became a
part of Flaka Haliti‘s work, exuding a
magnetic pull on her during her day-to-day breaks from her
“Now you are so
well” is a poetic representation of
concreted ideas spanning the private experience of the artist and
the confrontation of a core social problem of livestock farming and
the disposal of animals. Haliti intends for her work to be
presented in the area between the guest cafeteria and the employee
canteen, thereby providing an additional point of reference.
Flaka Haliti (born in Pristina, Kosovo in 1982) lives and works in
Munich, Pristina and Vienna.
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