Sislej Xhafa combines art with the experience of space; the energy of specific locations is activated when confronted with his works. He juxtaposes materials, meanings and forms often removed from their original context, place and time, in order to create visual power without being spectacular. Xhafa believes that identity is subject to continuous mutation – movement and relocation are therefore essential in the forming of value systems. His works demonstrate this very movement around which identity is constructed. They represent a transition, in its meaning as a change of physical place but also figuratively as a shift in meaning, emotion and thought.
His works are realised in a wide range of media, from sculpture and drawing to performance and photography. Sislej Xhafa escapes definite labels and classifications through the complex relationship of his works to a social or historic narrative; displacement and the ever-changing social mores of our immediate environment are two important themes in his artistic practice.
Adel Abdessemed Etel Adnan Ai Weiwei Leila Alaoui Juan Araujo Kader Attia Daniel Buren Cai Guo-Qiang Alejandro Campins Iván Capote Yoan Capote Loris Cecchini Elizabet Cerviño Chen Zhen Nikhil Chopra Marcelo Cidade Carlos Cruz-Diez Jonathas de Andrade Berlinde De Bruyckere Leandro Erlich Carlos Garaicoa Osvaldo González Antony Gormley Gu Dexin Shilpa Gupta Subodh Gupta Carsten Höller JR Ilya & Emilia Kabakov Zhanna Kadyrova Kan Xuan Anish Kapoor André Komatsu Jannis Kounellis Luis López-Chávez Jorge Macchi Ahmed Mater Cildo Meireles José Manuel Mesías Sabrina Mezzaqui Moataz Nasr Rudi Ninov Hans Op de Beeck Ornaghi & Prestinari Giovanni Ozzola Susana Pilar Michelangelo Pistoletto Qiu Zhijie Tobias Rehberger Arcangelo Sassolino Manuela Sedmach Serse Kiki Smith Nedko Solakov Marta Spagnoli José Antonio Suárez Londoño Hiroshi Sugimoto Sun Yuan & Peng Yu Ana Maria Tavares Pascale Marthine Tayou Armando Testa Nari Ward Sislej Xhafa José Yaque Zhuang Hui