‘90s kids exhibit memories of childhood in Kosovo

Prishtina’s Qahili Gallery will open its exhibition ‘90s Kids, with works by six artists, Thursday at 7:00 pm.

A new exhibition reflecting on the childhood memories of six emerging Kosovo artists titled Fmitë e non-të-dhetave (‘90s kids) will open at the independent gallery Qahili on Thursday.

“In Kosovo, we do something that most Europeans don’t do; we refer to time as before the war and after the war,” said gallery owner Nita Qahili, referring the Kosovo War in 1999.

This exhibition, she said, will play with this theme through the eyes of Kosovo’s “‘90s kids.”

Six emerging artists–Engjell Berisha Jr., Era Buza, Jeta Dobranja, Meddy Huduti, Nita Qahili and Yll Xhaferi–will present their mixed medium works at the gallery space in the Veternik neighborhood, followed by a performance by musician Blerta Kosova.

The artists, Yll Xhaferi explained, worked together on the exhibition as friends in the same age group.

We share strange and difficult memories because of the situation during the ‘90s,” he said, referring years of oppression of Albanians under Milosevic regime, the parallel education and social systems, and the Kosovo War.

Qahili said that though each work by the six artists is diverse, certain commonalities engender the exhibitions “‘colorful, ‘90s feeling.”

“We were born in the ‘90s, so we will always have certain things in common, including things like games and inside jokes. Through our works we tell a story about everything we went through, how we grew up, what made us tough, our hopes and dreams,” Qahili said.

“I want to intervene upon my memories and my fears as a kid. So ironically, I am playing with the pride of nationalism and identity. I took my old drawings–I was drawing guns and NATO bombings [as a kid]–and I am transforming these images into something positive from what we had growing up, for example pop culture and video games, something in common with the Western kids,” Xhaferi said.  

“I’m replacing my memories with how my childhood should have been.”

Fmitë e non-të-dhetave will open at Qahili on Thursday, April 6 at 7:00 pm. The exhibition will be on display until April 26, opening hours 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

06/04/2017 - 10:13

06 April 2017 - 10:13