"Diagonal" hits reality out of tune

"Hani i Dy Robertëve" once served as a small entity, which brought together artists, journalists and diplomats of the time. Resistance to the repressive government in the 90s had been an unwritten mission for them, and now with a 35-year legacy on their shoulders, this space continues to be the home of artists.

Sokol Maloku and Doruntinë Berisha Maloku, a couple of Kosovar artists living in Switzerland, made this choice. Both of them bring to this exhibition for the Prishtina public a rich collection of works, which has a wide scope in terms of the mediums and stylistics used.

Through this joint exhibition, both of them present their distinct artistic individuality, despite the fact that they remain sheltered in the same topics that they treat. This time, through art, they reflect their views on cacophony, as a phenomenon in modern civilizations. This cacophony throughout this exhibition appears in Sokol Malok's paintings, which are characterized apparently as a type of collages, but present mixed techniques, which rely on lines of German press with pompous titles that ironize ideologies. In some of his compositions, he uses parts from the Albanian press during communism, as well as the portrait of Ramiz Ali. On the other hand, Doruntina Malok's sheets, beyond the messages of cacophony, which she has used as a canvas by incorporating embroidery in some of them, she also starts from other indices, where she treats the topics with conceptual perspectives. Through the drawings on these sheets she creates unique narratives about urban chaos as she tries to derail a depraved reality. A sheet cut in a circular shape, drawn and colored by Doruntina Maloku, naturally receives special attention in the exhibition, as a contrast with the white, where there are also some felt verses, which invite intimacy.

Shkëlzen Maliqi, the curator of this exhibition, describes the activity of the duo as an interpretation of the cacophony in the visual arts, according to him, their works deal with the postmodern condition and the confrontation of humanity with the fast pace characterized by fast production.

"It seems to me like an interesting attempt by them to reflect the actuality that I am connecting with the end of modernism and the cacophony in which we are currently as a world, with the multitude of events, images and happenings".

The works exhibited under the title "Diagonal" come as a refraction of perspectives, which sometimes transmit pessimistic tones supported by a reality that is difficult to process, but hope also finds a place in them. Sometimes as a metaphor through vibrant colors and sometimes as direct messages, as references from music.

The use of a wide range of techniques together with the many details created a dynamic experience for visitors, which required them to spend considerable time analyzing each work individually.

This was also appreciated by Zake Prelvukaj, artist, present at the exhibition, who in an analysis of the exhibited works assessed that they represent a rich activity.

"Tonight two very good artists are presented, who have a certain difference in the motif and in the artistic fusion they have chosen, I am happy to see relatively young artists who approach this characteristic work, and in addition to the mediums they have shown tonight, they have offered us some art that is pleasing, powerful, and communicates a human motive”.

This exhibition comes as a dynamic fusion, which intertwines the couple's influences from their formation in the West and their Kosovar roots, as they correctly respond to the universal reality of the present, in which everyone can reflect.