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The Monumentality of the Everyday – La Biennale di Venezia, Italy

23 Apr — 27 Nov 2022

Kosovo (Republic of)

The Monumentality of the Everyday

Commissioner: Alisa Gojani-Berisha
Curator: Inke Arns
Exhibitor: Jakup Ferri

Jakup Ferri presents paintings, embroideries, and carpets in a monumental display. Ferri’s works are inspired by children’s drawings, folk art, and so-called Outsider Art. The paintings and embroideries are based on the artist’s (slightly) surreal drawings depicting everyday scenes involving animals, children, acrobats, and utopian architecture. The handwoven carpets with geometrical patterns, on the other hand, are based on the artist’s son’s avatar designs from the computer game Animal Crossing. Ferri, who, for his textile works, collaborates with women from Albania, Kosovo, Burkina Faso, and Suriname, considers carpetmaking and embroidering as a technique of coherence and community building.

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