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Petrit Halilaj, It is the first time dear, that you have a human shape (detail), 2012, steel, stones, dimensions variable.

Petrit Halilaj

Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen

Petrit Halilaj, It is the first time dear, that you have a human shape (detail), 2012, steel, stones, dimensions variable.

The installation It is the first time dear, that you have a human shape (all works 2012) opened this solo show by Kosovar artist Petrit Halilaj. One might be tempted to describe it as a sort of neo-Povera assemblage made up of imposing hollow metal structures that wind around the floor of the exhibition space, from which spill quantities of stone, some of it ground fine. Contemplating these large objects at greater length, one gradually began to realize that their forms are reminiscent of jewelry: a necklace, a pin, a pair of hoop earrings, and a pair of drop earrings. The form of the pin seems to recall a bug or spider, its body a basin that collects white powder; the necklace is made up of many metal crates, uncovered and containing very small, lightly colored stones. The earrings collect in their grooves an almost impalpable material, like dry pigment, red for the hoops and

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