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"My world in a circle" as a way out of isolation with the art of healing

An artist and neuropsychiatrist like Skender Boshnjaku would turn his world upside down anyway. In his life he has traced many more experiences healing spiritual wounds. Even his. The circle is conceived beyond understanding as a geometric figure. As isolation where the positive is hermetically sealed, despite the world's misfortunes. With the exhibition "My world in a circle", the Bosnian author heals with art by deepening the audience in the circles of his paintings.

Therapy has even been the event of the opening of the second personal exhibition of the author who during his life has carried the heavy weight of the profession. The public gathered on Thursday afternoon to see the Bosnian's work in this case is surrounded twice: in view of the works and in the "Hani i Dy Robertëve" gallery. There were many gathered there, who first encountered the artist's paintings. It was like a celebration, where his work was celebrated as healing through art.

They are works with small dimensions where the shape of the circle comes first in expression. A world full of harmony and joy seems to originate within them. It is the world of a parallel world. Full of colors. There are the experiences of his childhood, the freshness of life.

The circle in some works is much more reinforced and emphasized. In some, it is easily layered, little separates it from the background of gloom. In another part, the figurative circle of life is created by the human being as a shield against evil.

In others, the color of the background and the one inside the circle does not distinguish and creates the idea of ​​prosperity, despite the tragedies of life. The artist himself distances strength and pain with art. His world is within the circle, disaster outside it. This first, according to him, is contrary to the real world.

"My long effort in my imagination, my childish revival, my former childhood dreams I bring into a circle to create a world that is at odds with the world around. At the same time, I tried to include other universes of all continents and orientations in my world".

Skender Boshnjaku said that he was inspired for the works even in the situation with COVID-19. He also turned art into a shield.

"I have tried to radiate a life-giving and saving smile from these works to raise the individual's morale. I have tried to fight vanity, annoyance, meaninglessness, which create many disasters. Even though I have had misfortune inside me, I have transformed it into a triumph of life, of identity, of being a human being and in uncompromising and invincible".

Art critic and philosopher Shkëlzen Maliqi is the curator of the exhibition. He has assessed that Bošjak's works are motivated by artistic ambition, but are also related to the heavy weight of the profession he has practiced all his life. He said that there is much more within the circles of the artist's world.

"This circle is so much more when you look at it. The circle is one of the most powerful, divine abstract geometric symbols. He has tried to turn that form of pandemic isolation into a kind of positivity. This is the result of Skender's work. He is one of the important people of Kosovar culture and we wanted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his work as an art critic and who has mediated and contributed to Kosovar culture".

The artist Zake Prelvukaj has appreciated the Bosnian's work as healing through art.

"I can say that the creator Skender Boshnjaku opened a way for me to work more because the texts he wrote for me at that time were very good, because when you are young you are impressed by someone who knows how to write. It is not separated from work. There have been very big ups and downs. He worked outside the visual and applied arts, as a neuropsychiatrist. I think that these works are medicine itself and the everyday symbols it used are of a universal character".

The artist Eliza Hoxha appreciated the Bosniak as a devoted and dedicated man, while his work was a tool to recall the principles of life.

"What we see today can have different meanings, even from the cycle of what we experienced during the pandemic when a corona virus managed to come to life and lock us in a box like our homes were in fact, it has made us think a lot about life, to appreciate it and the other, something that we very often forget due to the dynamics and pressures of work and life".

The world of the artist and neuropsychiatrist Skender Boshnjaku in "My world in a circle" will be open until February 22.