Petrit Halilaj

Cleopatra (Lamp)

2011 - 2013

  • Petrit Halilaj, Cleopatra (Lamp), 2011–2013

    Electric motor, iron arm, light bulb, electrical wire

    Dimension variable

The Cleopatra butterfly (Gonepteryx cleopatra) is a mediterranean species with sometimes very intense and beautifull yellow and green wings. Petrit Halilaj found in the leftovers of the abandoned former Natural History Museum of Kosovo a number of charts to classify insect. He used the charts for fine colour pencil drawings, depicting some newly created species. In the first exhibition 'of course blue affects my way of shitting' 2014 in Berlin, he presented these sensitive drawings with a kind of annoyingly insect, flying around in the small exhibition space. Mounted on a turning mechanism and hanging loosely on a prolonged electrical wire, a simple electrical light bulb was flying around in circles.

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