An Artist Who Cannot Speak English is No Artist
Ferri, Jakup
2003 / 3’56’’
Kosovo
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Jakup Ferri ironically questions these definitions of his practice at home and within the international art circuit. Acting as a protagonist in many of his videos, Ferri is concerned with history and memory, when like in a recent video he continues Croatian artist Mladen Stilinoviç´s thoughts expressed in the famous 1992 embroidery: An artist who speaks no English is no artist with his own broken English. In light of the 52nd Venice Biennial opening early June, this discussion aims to engage the Berlin audience with a set of questions of national identity, an identity that in the case of Kosovo cannot be celebrated, because it does not exist, yet.

Catalogue no. 516
File: F

Class         Identity         Language         Art         Europe         Nationalism