Flaka Haliti, Metahaven, Markus Miessen

For her first solo exhibition in Austria, Munich-based artist Flaka Haliti has invited the design studio Metahaven and architect Markus Miessen to jointly create a social space for art, a Discourse Bar. In her drawings, photographs, sculptures and installations, Haliti explores a world of digital post-humanity. Haliti‘s artistic work can perhaps be described as a ‘thinking of human life’ that points beyond itself and yet does not shy away from conflict with its own materiality.

Artists Flaka Haliti, Metahaven, Markus Miessen
Date 19.07.22 - 10.09.22
Curator Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts
Venue Galerie Kunst im Traklhaus
All images Courtesy by the artists and Summer Academy Salzburg. Photo: Mira Turba

Flaka Haliti expanded her invitation to the artist collective Metahaven and the architect Markus Miessen to think together of a social space for art, a Discourse Bar. They all share the expansion of categories like art, design, and architecture into hybrid forms of artistic engagement in theory and practice.

A camouflage pattern creates a possible sky. Some “clouds” seem to be fallen and mark a negative performative space between art and design. The in- between of this imaginary movement invites to an open and unformed encounter. The Discourse Bar is a space in which the told stories fall like cascades of an unfinished transformation, or in other words, a space to think of collective and entangled forms of life.

Flaka Haliti’s practice emphasizes altered perceptions, as well as artistic methods to engage in political reflections and geopolitical preoccupations. Mediated by the sensory and visual fields, national boundaries and institutions like the United Nations or the European Union, are brought to negotiation. In all works, Haliti steadily confronts the languages of identity construction to transcend the categories of gender or nationality and the dichotomies of belonging. Occupying in-between states, Haliti furthermore challenges humanist perspectives and its authority over-representation and abstraction. Her practice operates as a dialogue between abrogation and appropriation: normative orders are both rejected and disclosed. Haliti thus opens an ongoing in- betweenness inside a performative space for Counter-poetics.

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