Erzen Shkololli

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Name and surname: Erzen Shkololli Year of Birth: 1976 City of Birth: Pejë Country: Republic of Kosovo Lives and works: Prishtina     Erzen Shkololli is an artist and curator. He is director of the foundation ‘Unë e du Kosovën’ in Prishtina, Kosovo. From 2011 until 2015 he was director of the National Gallery of Kosovo and in 2013 Shkololli was commissioner of the first representation of the Republic of Kosovo at the 55th edition of the Venice Biennale. From 2003 to 2007 he held the position of artistic director at the Contemporary Art Institute EXIT in Peja, an exchange initiative in Kosovo, involved with transforming the local cultural landscape.   His artistic practice utilises local rituals and folklore in order to draw attention to specific socio-political situations; his work has been exhibited internationally in museums including the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Centre Pompidou, Paris and the Fridericianum, Kassel.   Shkololli arranged the Kontakt Art Collection exhibition titled 'Thirty One' curated by Hans Urlich Obrist and Petrit Halilaj at the National Gallery of Kosovo (2015). He curated "Thirty Years After: Šejla Kamerić" (2015), 'Sokol Beqiri: Retrospective' (2014), 'Simon Shiroka: Retrospective' at the National Gallery in Tirana (2014) and at the National Gallery of Kosovo (2013) and co-curated 'Engjell Berisha - Befre: Retrospecive' (2013) and 'Graphics' from the collection of NGK (2013).   In 2008 he was a recipient of the DAAD Artist in Residency Fellowship, Berlin. Since 2003 he has been a member of the European Cultural Parliament. He lives and works in Prishtina.     Photo credits: ©Kushtrim Ternava