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Presentation | public lecture and presentation of the Danish artist Jens Haaning and Kosovar artist and curator Albert Heta | 28 June 2008, 9 pm | hosted at Cultural Centre “CK”, Skopje

Jens Haaning is a Danish artist based in Copenhagen, who frequently invokes social borders in his art, depicting and emphasizing issues of co-existence and the exclusion of marginalized groups. Through open-ended representations of foreign cultures fused with symbols of the majority culture, Haaning makes the artwork’s effect on the viewer its primary focus. Haaning’s work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions around the world, with recent one-person exhibitions at the Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark; Rote Zelle, München, Germany; and the Galleri Antonio Molina, Copenhagen, Denmark. Other venues for solo exhibition include the Goodwater gallery in Toronto, Canada; Espai 13, Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona, Spain; L68 in London, Great Britain; the Gallery Mehdi Chouakri in Berlin, Germany; and the Forum Galleriet in Malmö, Sweden. In the United States, Haaning’s work has appeared in group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the San Francisco Art Institute catalogue, San Francisco. Haaning’s work has appeared in a group exhibitions abroad at the Espace Culturel François Mitterrand, Périgueux, France; the Illeana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens, Greece; the Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and the Centre d’Art Contemporaion, Geneva, Switzerland, among others. Responsible for numerous public art projects, Haaning’s permanent public works include “Turkish Jokes” at the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden, The Netherlands, and “Afghanistan 5012 km” at Leidsche Rijn, in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Haaning attended the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art in Copenhagen, Denmark, and the Akademie der Bildende Künste in München, Germany.

Albert Heta (b.1974) is a Kosvar artist based in Prishtina who works as an artist, designer and an art manager. His works can be often simple acts of intervention in an existing social condition, responses to a given situation, or rethinking of existing objects. The interventions always are insurgence of an “unofficial” existing reality that appear hidden in the official condition/object/situation or are simply dismissed. His notable works “It's time to go visiting: No visa required”, a public intervention on British Airways billboards in Prishtina (2003), 'Embassy of the Republic of Kosova in Cetinje' (2004) or his 'Kosovar Pavilion Venice Biennial 2005', are not merely installation and acts of appropriation (e.g. the information spread via e-flux for the Pavilion), but also acts of engagements with the conditions under which the works were accepted by the curators, media, politicians, and the public. His works never fail to provoke debates in relation to the social, cultural and political mechanisms, evoking sentiments and discussions rekindled as the result of the “disseminating” of these works in public context.  Heta's work has been exhibited in a wide international context including: Apexart, New York, MARCO, Vigo, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Insa Art Space, Seoul  etc. Albert Heta is co-founder of Stacion Center for Contemporary Arts, Prishtina and has curated the exhibitions program of Stacion in year 2007 and 2008.

The Venue:
Cultural Center "CK" 
Address: Bul. Ilinden 38
MK-1000 Skopje.