More And More Thoughts About Other Thoughts at U10 Art Space

More And More Thoughts About Other Thoughts at U10 Art Space

The exhibition More And More Thoughts About Other Thoughts by the artist Driton Selmani focuses on the dominant role of humor, questioning its capacity as a tool to magnify the meaning of the (un) familiar. Elemental, human, and yet at times difficult to analyze, humor is an entry point into diverse cultures and a strategy to survive within it. The exhibition presents how in Selmani’s work humor works as a captivating mode of expression, transitional and (trans)national cultural product, and topic for discussion, despite its levity. In spite of its ‘lightness’ humor is indeed a complex topic, and this exhibition presents it as a means of identity negotiations and queries how humor shapes the artistic language and production of Selmani. What he does is to create an engaged and engaging dialogue. With biting irony and provocative critical attitude, Driton Selmani speaks in metaphors and allegories as he questions the certainty of existing conditions and situations, fabricated structures, and existing taboos. Conceived as a form of continuous cultural study, More And More Thoughts About Other Thoughts investigates the socially shifting landscape(s) both personal and public. Everyday objects and linguistic phenomena provide points of departure which end up in diverse formats ranging from personal sketches to installations, demonstrating social processes and historical links, often employing absurdity and humor. As he turns objects and situations into artistic poetry in the form of small and meaningful actions, the work subtly engages with something familiar yet alien, both here and there. DritonSelmani is a keen observer and storyteller of our times managing to put a smile on our face. Exhibition is curated by Lora Sariaslan.

Driton Selmani was born in Ferizaj, Kosovo 1987. He currently works and lives between Prishtina and Doganaj. He completed his MA studies at The Arts University Bournemouth UK. He has exhibited at solo and group exhibitions in: Stacion Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina, Ludwig Múzeum in Budapest; KunstraumNiederosterreich Vienna; Casa Contemporanea São Paulo; Mediterranea Biennial 16 Ancona; U10 Belgrade; 5th Marrakesh Biennial; Amsterdam Light Festival; Fabbrica del Vapore Milan; Bregenz Biennale; Ex Chiesetta Polignano a Mare; National Art Gallery Tirana; Thessaliniki Center of Contemporary Art, Eugster Belgrade;Norrköping Light Festival…

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