Halilaj, Petrit b.1986 / Cleopatra (lamp)
about this work

The works by Petrit Halilaj that have joined the collection were shown as part of his exhibition, “of course blue affects my way of shitting” – taken from a text written by the artist, which is itself part of a bigger series of prose and poetry that Halilaj started writing in 2007. 

These texts reveal an intimate and personal history. As a collection they provide a unique insight into the artist’s brain, recounting memories of childhood, war, exodus, family, work, and contemplating his own identity, sexuality, love, affections and emotions. Halilaj’s resolutely personal works simultaneously reflect on social and political events, understanding the struggle and impact they have on a singular life. It is this intimacy within Halilaj’s practice that these particular works focus on; celebrating the more delicate and less evident side of the artist’s production.“Cleopatra,” a rotating bulb which imitates the movement of insects at night, attracted to the light. This piece is also connected to the story of the defunct Museum of Pristhina, and especially to its collection of butterflies and insects. 

Petrit Halilaj (b.1986, Skenderaj-Kosovo)

Cleopatra (lamp), 2011-13

Electric motor, iron arm, light bulb, electric wire
Edition: AP1 of 5 + 2AP
Box: 50 x 40 x 40 cm. dia: 130 cm.
Box: 19 11/16 x 15 3/4 x 15 3/4 in. dia: 51 3/16 in.
Chert Gallery, Berlin, Germany  Current Location:
UK - Phillips, London InstallationEastern Europe


of course blue affects my way of shitting
Chert Gallery, Berlin, Germany
April 2014 - June 2014


Petrit Halilaj 'Poisoned by men in need of some love'
Weils Contemporary Art Centre (Catalogue), September 2013

Artwork History
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