The Havana National Fine Arts Museum, in collaboration with Galleria Continua, is glad to announce Sislej Xhafa’s first major retrospective in Cuba.
The exhibition, curated by the Museum’s director Jorge Fernández Torres, is an array of the artist’s iconic works and works made specifically for this project. Xhafa’s research is focused on the social consequences of the leading economic systems, and the conceptual outcome deriving from their interrelations. The artist describes himself as a disruptive element in the artworld’s conformism. With the work Padiglione Clandestino, he proclaimed his moving body as an illegal pavilion of Albania and invited visitors to play soccer with him. Working with different media Xhafa’s thread is to be sought in his investigations of the phenomenon of perpetual motion that drives us in the form of conquer, colonization and of tourism. The exhibition, Rosa azul, is a tribute to the powerful beauty of an island surrounded by global upheavals and to its people whose uniqueness it is celebrating. Born in Pejë, Kosova, in 1970, Sislej Xhafa lives and works in New York. He exhibited his work internationally.