"They say you can’t hold two watermelons in one hand", 2012. Driton Selmani. Photo: Blerim Racaj


Driton Selmani


Driton Selmani (b. 1987) lives and works between Prishtina and Doganaj, Kosovo. He completed his MA studies at The Arts University Bournemouth, United Kingdom.

Selmani approaches the idea of perceived reality by deconstructing formations of social, political and cultural topics that have been embodied around him. At a young age, he was told to worship a country that no longer existed, which caused him to form a basis of skepticism towards any supposedly given reality. Helater used this as a beneficial tool to reconstruct his beliefs into visual artefacts. In 1999, old simulacra havebeen replaced by new simulacra; the ornaments of a previous space have been refurbished in order to unfold with new meanings but also new uncertainties. Selmani confronts himself as a spectator of this “on-going event” and positions himself as an actor, enacting his performances based on his personal histories, beliefs and doubts.

Selmani has been the subject of solo and group exhibitions at international institutions and spaces  including Stacion Center For Contemporary Art Pristina, Ludwig Múzeum in Budapest, Kunstraum Niederosterreich Vienna, Casa Contemporanea São Paulo, Mediterranea Biennial 16 Ancona, U10 Belgrade, 5th Marrakesh Biennial, Amsterdam Light Festival, Fabbrica del Vapore Milan, Bregenz Biennale, Exchiesetta Polignano a Mare, National Art Gallery Tirana, Thessaliniki Center of Contemporary Art, Eugster || Belgrade, Norrköping Light Festival.

Featured works

They say you can’t hold two watermelons in one hand, 2012
C-Print on aluminium, 150×100 cm, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna. Photo: Blerim Racaj

Eye To Eye, 2017
Steel pole, custom LED lights, fiberglass, special mist system, 11 metres high, 3.5 metres wideInstallation view: Amstelsluizen, Amsterdam Light Festival
Courtesy of the artist & Light Art Collection. Photo: Konstantin Guz

Wanderlust, 2016
Custom made life vest, dimensions: 120 x 170 cmIntervention on Domenico Modugno statue, Polignano a MareVideo performance, 1920×1080 HD video 1:59 minutes. Photo: Roberto Lacarbonara

If I was God, God Save Us, 2018
48 x 28 cm, blue pen onplastic bag
Installation view: Munadane, Eugster || BelgradeCurated by Natalija Paunic. Photo: Nemanja Kneževic

Secretly Kissing Each Other, 2019
Transfer vinyl on van, dimensions variableInstallation view: Munadane, Eugster || BelgradeCurated by Natalija Paunic
Photo: Nemanja Kneževic

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