Kosova-o - Part 61

posted by julia on 2007/09/16 20:15

[ Kosova-o ]

"The trouble with conceptual art is that you cannot be sure whether something is a public toilet or an art installation until your art critic tells you. (...) An artist from Prishtina, Albert Heta, exhibited his work: he transformed the Serbian Embassy building into an Embassy of the Republic of Kosova. The first to react were the Serbian political parties in Montenegro and the Serbian Orthodox Church. According to them, Heta's work is an unprecedented scandal, 'a shame for Montenegro'. The priests said that most of the pieces of the Biennale were 'acts of insanity' and thereby made their opinion on contemporary art clear. Since the technique used in Heta's work is not scandalous, nor is the work visually beyond the conventional, it turns out that what is scandalous is that the Albanian flag waved in Montenegro , and that the author used what was once a Serbian Embassy to portray the existence of Kosova as an independent country. His work, obviously, succeeded."
- Andrej Nikolaidis on an installation in Cetinje by Albert Heta from the Stacion Center for Contemporary Art in Pristina. Also check his installation It's time to go visiting: no visa required.
Photo: IT'S TIME TO GO VISITING: NO VISA REQUIRED, Public Intervention on British Airways billboards, removed after 11 hours, 2003, by Albert Heta


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