PRINT December 2010

Christine Macel

1 Petrit Halilaj (Berlin Biennale; curated by Kathrin Rhomberg) Halilaj’s 2009 solo exhibition at the Chert gallery in Berlin, which documented plans to build a chicken coop with family and friends in Kosovo’s capital, Pristina, was further developed in the Biennale. At the heart of the Kunst-Werke, viewers found a discreetly political installation: an oversize replica of a house the artist had tried to build for relatives in Pristina, only to be stymied by lack of a permit. Chickens clucked nearby, as if in disapproval of Kosovar bureaucrats.

2 Simon Fujiwara (Art Statements, Art Basel) Since 2008 Fujiwara has been reimagining his parents’ lives in Spain under Franco’s dictatorship. At Art Basel, he reconstructed the hotel they ran on the Costa Brava in the 1970s—the setting of the artist’s novel Welcome to the Hotel Munber, which combines family history with erotic fantasy. Reinventing

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