Sislej Xhafa (b.1970 Peja, Kosova) is known for works that could be described as ‘actions’ or conceptual strategies that challenge cultural stereotypes, preconceived prejudices and institutional structures. Often exploring the modes through which contemporary society functions, he investigates social, economic and political realities to ultimately critique consumerism and its driving mechanisms.

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Sislej Xhafa Portrait Blain Southern


Blain|Southern Berlin
shadow of curls

shadow of curls

11 November – 23 December 2017

Blain|Southern London
asymmetric désir

asymmetric désir

13 December 2013 – 25 January 2014




2 June – 2 October 2016


millimeter sentiments

millimeter sentiments

2 September – 28 October 2016

Cressman Centre of Visual Art, Louisville, US

lost and found

lost and found

11 May – 22 November 2017

Venice Biennale, Venice, IT


The artist once stated: ‘Reality is stronger than art. As an artist I do not want to reflect a reality but I do want to question it. My social upbringing does not embrace rational linear actions. I approach the world and life with primal instinctive behaviour’.

Working in a variety of media from painting and drawing to sculpture and installation, his engagement with political dimensions is always indirect and implied, reflecting on social norms and strategies and the ways in which they are unconsciously manipulated.

Topics investigated by the artist include the processes of tourism, forced illegality, the deconstruction of mythologies, the concept of nationality and denial of the right to vote. Xhafa’s works employ a conceptual language and are simultaneously ironic, humorous and subversive. Indeed, the tangible social results of economic theories are at the heart of Sislej Xhafa’s artistic research, questioning the legal status of his country of origin, Kosovo.

In 1997, presenting himself as the Clandestine Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, the artist wandered around the gardens of the Biennale kicking a football, dressed as a member of the national Albanian team, carrying a small Albanian flag and a recorder that broadcast an Italy-Albania football match. One critic described how: ‘It’s a politics of interruption, upsetting the configuration of forces determining what is visible and what is not, what forms of speech are understood as discourse and which are only perceptible as noise, who is designated as a speaking subject and who is merely spoken to.’

Sislej Xhafa represents the Republic of Kosovo at the Venice Biennale 2017.

Recent solo exhibitions include: shadow of curls, Blain|Southern Berlin, DE (2017); lost and found, Venice Biennale, IT (2017); Infermeria, ZAC (Zona Arti Contemporanee), Zisa, Palermo, IT (2017); Fireworks in My Closet, Galleria Continua, San Girmignano, IT (2016); BENVENUTO! SISLEJ XHAFA, MAXXI Museum, Rome, IT (2016); asymmetric desir, Blain|Southern London, UK (2013); Unpoetic Bride, Galleria Continua, Le Moulin, FR (2012); Still Untitled, MADRE Museum of Contemporary Art Donna Regina, Napoli, IT (2011).

Recent group show include: The Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary, HU (2016); Par tibi, Roma, nihil, Nomas Foundation, Rome, IT (2016); Creating Common Good, Kunst Haus Wien, Vienna, AT (2015); LA SOTTILE LINEA DEL TEMPO, Fondazione Museo Miniscalchi-Erizzo, Verona, IT (2015); Borderline: Collection Exhibition II, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanzawa, Kanazawa, JP (2013); Vice Versa, Italian Pavilion of the 55th Venice Biennale, curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, IT (2013); Sconfinamenti, curated by Achille Bonito Oliva, Rocca Albornoz, Spoleto Festival of 2 Worlds, Spoleto, IT (2013); Tell Me Whom You Haunt: Marcel Duchamp and the Contemporary Readymade, Blain|Southern, London, UK (2013); The World Belongs to You, François Pinault Foundation, Palazzo Grassi, IT (2011).

1970, Born in Peja, XK
Lives and works in New York, US


Academic Honoré, Academy of Fine Arts, Florence, IT

Y project (supported by City of Zürich), Hardau City Park , ZHDK and IFCAR, Zurich, CH

NEONS (in collaboration with Contemporary Art Fund of the City and Canton of Geneva) Plaine de Plainpalais, Fmac and FCAC, Geneva, CH

minum prize, Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, IT

Furla per l’Arte, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Premio Querini, Venice, IT

Onufri, National Gallery, Tirana, AL


Rosa Azul, The Havana National Fine Arts Museum, CU
love you without knowing, National Gallery of Kosovo, Prishtina, XK

shadow of curls, Blain|Southern Berlin, DE
Again and Again, performance curated by Edi Muka, Stockholm, SE
Republic of Kosovo Pavilion, 57th Biennale di Venezia, Venice, IT
Infermeria, ZAC (Zona Arti Contemporanee), Zisa, Palermo, IT

START Point, Academy of Fine Arts, Florence, IT
Sislej Xhafa, millemeter sentiments
, Cressman Centre for Visual Arts, Louisville, US
Fireworks in My Closet, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, IT
The Stillness of Thought, curated by Anna Smolak, BWA Sokol Gallery, Nowy Sacz, PL

Barka, MAXXI, Rome, IT

I forgot that I started (harrova që fillova) (curated by Ema Andrea and Klod Dedja), MAM Foundation, Tirana, AL

Asymmetric Désir, Blain|Southern London, UK
Italian Pavilion, 55th Biennale di Venezia, Venice, IT

Unpoetic Bride, Galleria Continua, Le Moulin de Sainte Marie, FR
NON Unplugged, Non Gallery, Istanbul, TR
brko like bird, Center 42°, Cetinje, ME

Oblique Motionless, Christine König Galerie, Vienna, AT
Still Untitled (curated by Mario Codognato), M.A.D.R.E Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina Naples, IT
Y, Hardau City Park, ZHDK, Zürich, CH

2705 Baci..., Röda Sten (curated by Edi Muka), Gothenburg, SE

NEONS (in collaboration with Contemporary Art Fund of the City and Canton of Geneva), Fmac and FCAC, Plaine de Plainpalais (project of public art), Geneva, CH
Moulin Rouge, Magazzino d’Arte Moderna, Rome, IT

sadnesssurge (two artist show with Adel Abdessemed), Christine König Galerie, Vienna, AT

Giuseppe, Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Bergamo (GAMeC) (curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio), Bergamo, IT
Passion Fruit, L’appartement 22, Rabbat, MC
Retrospective + L.R.B., Van Tendeloo Residence ‘Salon’, Kortrijk, BE
vallée vertical, Yvon Lambert, Paris, FR

Stuztespia (curated by Daniela Lotta), Museo Carlo Zauli, Faenza, IT
MN Unplugged, Galerie Michael Neff, Frankfurt, DE
Opportunistisch Naturalistisch , SKUC galerija, Ljubljana, SI
Livelihood rainbow on broel, Liebaert Projects, Kortrijk, BE
When Mac goes black, Yvon Lambert, New York, US
Four Movements (curated by Sergio Risaliti), Quarter, Florence, IT

Albanian Pavilion, 51st Biennale di Venezia, Venice, IT
Skinheads Swimming, Magazzino d’Arte Moderna, Rome, IT
Merely, HOET BEKAERT Gallery, Gent, BE

Miedo Total xhafabdessemed (two-person show with Adel Abdessemed, curated by Teresa Macrì), Fundació ‘la Caixa’ la Sala Montcada, Barcelona, ES
"Giuseppe" (curated by Giorgio Verzotti), MART of Trento, travelling exhibition

Vetrine della Calcografia: See no evil / hear no evil / speak no evil (curated by Luigi Ficacci), Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome, IT
Twice Upon a Time, Magazzino d’Arte Moderna, Rome, IT
Nivea (curated by Ann Demeester),W 139, Amsterdam, NL
Sislej Xhafa, PM, Zagreb (curated by Radmila Iva Jankovic), HR
Sislej Xhafa, Galerie Drantmann, Brussels, BE

Motion in Paradise, Deitch Projects, New York, US
Skinheads Swimming, Galleria Laura Pecci , Milan, IT
Heavy Metal (curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio), Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Bergamo (GAMeC), IT
Sislej Xhafa (curated by Gail Cochrane), Foundation of Teseco, Pisa, IT

Siyum, Aarhus Kunstmuseum, DK
Project Room (curated by Evelyne Jouannou), Kunsthalle Bern, DE
Talk is Cheap (curated by Marc Olivier Wahler), Swiss Cultural Institute, New York, US
Hooligans in Heaven, Galleria Laura Pecci, Milan, IT

Sislej Xhafa (curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi), Fondazione Olivetti, Rome, IT

Sislej Xhafa, Galleria d'Arte Moderna (G.A.M), Bologna, IT
Clandestine Albanian Pavilion, XLVII Venice Biennial, Venice, IT


MASK - In Present-Day Art, Aargauer Kunsthaus, CH (forthcoming)

BOZAR and Stand Up for Europe: Circus of Truth, Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, BE
You Got to Burn To Shine, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome, IT

Les Équivalents, Galleria Continua, Les Moulins, Boissy-le-Châtel, FR
NGORONGORO II, Lehderstrasse 34, Berlin, DE

Cities, Grow in Difference (curated by Hou Hanru),Shenzen Biennale, Shenzen, CN
From Me to Us: The City without Borders, Palazzo Quirinale, Rome, IT
Symptoms of society, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, CN
Opulent Landscapes, De Buck Gallery, New York, US
FòcarArte, Novoli, Lecce, IT

Malmös Leende (curated by Edi Muka), Malmö, SE
Cold Front from the Balkans, Pera Museum, Istanbul, TK
Par tibi, Roma, nihil, Nomas Foundation, Rome, IT
The Whale that was a Submarine, The Ludwig Museum, Budapest, HU
The Travellers, Zacheta - National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PO

Creating Common Good, Kunst Haus Wien, Vienna, AT
Encuentro Internacional de Arte de Medellin, Museum Antioquia, Medellin, CO LA SOTTILE LINEA DEL TEMPO, Fondazione Museo Miniscalchi -Erizzo, Verona, IT
Growing Roots, Palazzo Reale, Milan, IT

Informal Mind, MAM Foundation, Tirana, AL
TIME:CODE, Video Art from the Present to the Past into the Future, Whitebox Art Center, New York, US

Borderline: Collection Exhibition II (curated by Yoneda Seiko), 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanzawa, JP
Hartware MedienKunst Verein HMKV Requiem for a Bank (curated by Fabian Saavedra- Lara), Dortmund, DE
Poznań (curated by Agata Rogoś), ZAMEK Culture Centre Victory Obsessed, PO
Vice Versa
(curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi), Italian Pavilion of the 55th Venice Biennale, IT
Sconfinamenti (curated by Achille Bonito Oliva and Rocca Albornoz) Spoleto Festival of 2 Worlds, IT
Tell Me Whom You Haunt: Marcel Duchamp and the Contemporary Readymade, Blain|Southern London, UK

Facing walls,Opening windows, Galleria Continua, Beijing, CN
Predicting Memories, Former K.K Telegrafenamt (Telegraph Office) (curated by Robert Punkenhofer and Ursula Maria Probst), Vienna, AT
Mediterraneo: Incontri o Conflitti? (curated by Ludovico Pratesi), Palazzo Gargasole, Gagliano del Capo, IT
Più a Sud (curated by Paola Nicita), Museo Palazzo Riso di Palermo, Palermo, IT
Beautiful Game, Mestna Galerija, Ljubljana, SI
More than South – A Project for Lampedusa, Museo Riso, Palermo, Sicily, IT

IL BELPAESE DELL’ARTE. Etiche ed Estetiche della Nazione (curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio and Maria Cristina Rodeschini), Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo (GAMeC), IT
SPHERES 4, Galleria Continua, Le Moulin, FR
Rebus (curated by Mario Codognato), Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK
The world belongs to you (curated by Caroline Bourgeois), Palazzo Grassi, François Pinault collection, Venice, IT
Rearview Mirror (curated by Christopher Eamon), The Powerplant, Toronto; Art Gallery of Alberta, CA
Big Brother (curated by Ashok Adiceam), Dinard’s Palais des Arts et du Festival Dinard,Brittany, FR

SPHERES 3, Galleria Continua, Le Moulin, FR
In what we trust (curated by Julia Draganovic), The Art Miami Pavilion, US
Misericordia (curated by Birte Kleemann), PRISM, West Hollywood, California, US
What’s the Difference? (curated by Beate Engel),Stadtgalerie, Bern, CH
La passione per l’arte contemporanea nelle collezioni bergamasche (curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio and Maria Cristina Rodeschin), Il Museo Privato, Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo (GAMeC), IT
Viaggio in Italia (curated by Ludovico Pratesi), Palazzo Fabroni, Sguardi internazionali sull’Italia Contemporanea, Pistoia, IT
Collezione UBI-Banca Popolare di Bergamo (curated by Enrico De Pascale), Bergamo, IT
Cosmogonia: Le Supernova del Collezionismo Italiano Stefano e Raffaella Sciarretta (curated by Gianluca Marziani), Palazzo Collicola di Spoleto, IT
Spazio Dalle collezioni di arte e architettura (curated by Pippo Ciorra and Alessandro D’Onofrio, Bartolomeo Pietromarchi and Gabi Scardi), Museo Nazionale delle arti del XXI Secolo (MAXXI) Rome, IT
Language and Experimentations, MART Rovereto, Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, IT
Festival Finzioni (curated by Paola Nicita), Videoarte al Museo internazionale delle marionette Antonio Pasqualino di Palermo, IT
Ibrido. Genetica delle forme d'arte (curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio and Francesco Garutti), PAC Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milan, IT
Indefinite Destinations (curated by Oyku Ozsoy and Vessela Nozharova), DEPO, Istanbul, TR

BAROCK (curated by Mario Codognato), Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina (M.A.D.R.E), Naples, IT
The Brick + Mortar International Video Art Festival (curated by Natasha Becker), Greenfield, US
Transmission Interrupted (curated by Suzanne Cotter and Gilane Tawadros), Modern Art Oxford, UK
Until the End of the World (curated by Max Henry), Andreas Melas Presents, Athens, GR
Esposizione Universale – L’arte alla prova del tempo (curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio), Galleria D'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo (GAMeC), IT
Havana Biennial, CU

Business As Usual (curated by Jacob Proctor), Museum of Contemporary Art of Detroit (MOCAD), Detroit, US
Biennale of Gwangju, KR
Futurotextiel (curated by Caroline David and Arne Quinze), Broelmuseum NMBS Hall, Kortrijk, BE
worlds on video (curated by Anita Beckers), Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, IT
All-Inclusive. A Tourist World (curated Matthias Ulrich), Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, DE

o lo que vio Betty Boop (curated Raimundas Malasauskas), Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, ES
Rightfully Yours (curated by Tejpal S. Ajji), Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto, CA
Luce dei miei Occhi.Festa Internazionale di Roma (curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio), Galleria D'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo (GAMeC), IT
Time Past, Time Present (co-curated by David Elliott and Rosa Martínez), Istanbul Museum Of Modern Art, Istanbul, TR
Rethinking Dissent (curated by Joa Ljungberg and Edi Muka), Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Gothenburg, SE
Theater of Cruelty (curated Raul Zamudio), White Box, New York, US
All About Laughter Humor in Contemporary Art (curated by Kataoka Mami), Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, JP
Commitment (curated by Koen Leemans & Luk Lambrecht), The Garage, Mechelen / Cultural Centre Strombeek, BE
Museum of Kortrijk (curated by Veerle Van Durme and Lievan Vandenabeele), Kortrijk, BE
Eroi! come noi…? (curated by Julia Draganovic) PAN / Palazzo delle Arti Napoli, Naples, IT
A forest and a tree (curated by Pelin Uran), Kunsthalle Exergasse, Vienna, AT

Choosing my Religion (curated by Madeleine Schuppli), Kunstmuseum Thun, CH
Allegories of Displacement (curated by Michele Cone), Westport Museum, US
Art Film (curated by Benjamin Weil), Stadtkino Basel, CH
New Video, New Europe (travelling exhibition, curated by Hamza Walker), the Kitchen, New York, US
videoREPORT ITALIA 04_05 (curated by Andrea Bruciati), Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone , IT
Double Happiness (curated by Fabio Cavalluci), l'ex fabbrica "Italcementi",Trento, IT
Capolavoro (curated by Angelo Capasso), Palazzo di Primavera, Center of Contemporary Art di Terni, IT
ECCO UOMO (curated by Gemma De Angelis Testa and Sergio Risaliti) spazio Oberdan, IT

PERFORMA05 (curated by Roselee Goldberg), New York, US
INTRAMOENIA-EXTRA ART (curated by Achile Bonito Oliva and Giusy Caroppo), Castel Del Monte, IT
This May Be What Parallel Play Looks Like (curated by Defne Ayas), SculptureCenter, New York, US
WAR IS OVER 1945 – 2005 la Libertà dell’arte (curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio and M. Cristina Rodeschini Galati) GAMeC Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea e di Bergamo (GAMeC), IT
Summer Show, SHUGOARTS , Tokyo, JP
ARTE ALL’ARTE 10, Art Architecture Landscape (curated by Achille Bonito Oliva, Laura Cherubini, Emanuela De Cecco, Elio Grazioli, Jan Hoet, Hou Hanru, Florian Matzner, Giacinto Di Pietrantonio,
Roberto Pinto, James Putnam, Jerome Sans, Pier Luigi Tazzi, Vicente Todolì, Angela Vettese and Gilda Williams) Montalcino, IT
"First We Take Museums" (curated by Jari Pekka Vanhala), Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA, URB Visuals, Helsinki, FI
Democracy is Fun? curated by Defne Ayas and Michele Thursz, Whitebox, New York, US
The gesture (curated by Marina Fokidis, Sergio Risaliti, Daphne Vitali) Macedonian Museum Of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, GR; Quarter Centro Produzione Arte, Florence, IT
Due progetti (curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio), Arte a dimensione urbana, GAMeC Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo (GAMeC), IT
Videodrome (curated by Matteo Chini), ELETTRO + , Florence, IT
Deliciouse...,Sint. (curated by Luk Lambrecht), Truiden, BE
A Forest and a Tree (curated by Pelin Uran), Yellow Bird Gallery, Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, US
Identity and Nomadism, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, IT
Double Vision, Magazzino d'Arte Moderna, Rome, IT
On Sale (curated by Alenka Gregoric and Natasha Petreshin), Skuc Gallery, Ljubljana, SI

La alegria de mis sueños (curated by Harald Szeemann), I Bienal de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla, Fundación BIACS, Monasterio la Cartuja de Santa María de las Cuervas, Sevilla, ES
New Video, New Europe (curated by Hamza Walker), The Renaissance Society, Chicago, US; The Museum of Contemporary Art, St.Louis, US; Tate Modern, London, UK; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL; North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, US
Seven Sins (curated by Letizia Ragaglia), MUSEION, Bolzano, IT
Vanitas (curated by Achille Bonito Oliva), Le Opere e i Giorni, Certosa di San Lorenzo, Padula, IT
Contemporanity (curated by Leeza Ahmady), Museum of Fine Arts, Bishkek, KG
Se/ Bashku/ Juntos/ Tillsammans (curated by Rodrigo Mallea Lira, Edi Muka, Joa Ljungberg and Yuneikys Villalonga), Upssala Art Museum, Stockholm, SE
Our house on the move (curated by Nataša Petrešin Laafeld), Pavelhaus, AT and Škuc Gallery, Lubjana, SI

G 2003 (curated by Harald Szeemann), Vira/Ascona, CH
La Natura dell’Arte (curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio), San Lorenzello, IT
Tirana Biennial, Tirana, AL
BEAULIEU ART-gallery, Gent, BE
Haifa Museum of Contemporary Art (curated by Daniela Talmor), Haifa, IL
Salon des Réfusés (curated by Roberto Pinto), Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Venice, IT
Galleria Civica d’Arte Contemporanea (curated by Fabio Cavallucci), Trento, IT
Public Sampler – Projektion (curated by Torsten Birne), Dresden, DE
Blut & Honig, Sammlung Essl (curated by Harald Szeemann), Klosterneuburg/Vienna, AT
Sweet Bitter Harmony (curated by Edi Muka), Art Lab, Holon, Tel Aviv, IL
Hardcore (curated by Jérôme Sans), Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR

Pause (curated by Hou Hanru), Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, KR
Emotional Site, SHUGOARTS, Tokyo, JP
Open House (curated by Evelyne Jouannou), Casino Luxembourg, LU
(Opening Exhibition) (curated by Jérôme Sans and Nicholas Bourriaud), Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR
Fuoriuso (curated by Teresa Macrì), Pescara, IT
Il valore dell’essere, EXTRAordinario, Catania, IT
Next - L'Arte di Domani (curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio), Bari, IT
SMK, Copenhagen, DK
L’ultima cena (curated by Massimo Sgroisf), Naples, IT
Big Torino 2002 (curated by Michelangelo Pistoletto and Giacinto Di Pietrantonio), Turin, IT
MUSEION (curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio), Museo d’Arte Moderna, Bolzano, IT

Egofugal (curated by Yuko Hasegawa), Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, TR
Casino 2001 (curated by Jean Greenberg), S.M.A.K., Gent, BE
Uniform (curated by Francesco Bonami), PS1, New York, US
Biennial of Ceramic in Contemporary Art (curated by Tiziana Casapietra and Roberto Constantino), Albisola, IT
Tirana Biennial, Tirana, AL
Fondazione Pistoletto (curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio), Biella, Turin, IT
Artline 5 (curated by Jan Hoet), Borken, DE
Palazzo delle Esposizioni, PS1, Rome, IT
Short Stories (curated by Roberto Pinto), Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, IT
Galleria Comunale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome, IT
Velodromo and Museo dell'Arengario, Milano SESC, Milan, IT; travelled to Sao Paulo, BR; Geneva, CH; Queens, US
Museum of Art (curated by Adelina von Fürstenberg), New York, US
Grassy Knoll Productions, Belfast, IE
Finale Di Partita - Endgame - Fin de partie (curated by Pierluigi Tazzi), Florence, IT
Chinese Whisper (curated by Branka Stipancic), Apex Art, New York, US

Manifesta III (curated by Francesco Bonami, Maria Hlavajova and Ole Bouman), Ljubljana, SI
Over the Edges (curated by Jan Hoet and Giacinto Di Pietrantonio), S.M.A.K., Gent, BE
Arte all'Arte (curated by Gilda Williams and Roberto Pinto) 5th Edition, Colle Val d'Elsa, IT
Ironic (curated by Lino Baldini), Trevi Flash Art Museum,Trevi, IT
Galleria Laura Pecci, Milan, IT
Premio Querini-Furla per l'Arte, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice, IT
ANNO ZERO, Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, IT
Center-Storms (curated by Ann Demeester), Zomer-Poezie, Watou, BE

XLVII Biennale di Venezia (curated by Harald Szeemann), Venice, IT
Galleria Marabini (curated by Guido Molinari), Bologna, IT

Atlante, MACS, Sassari, IT
Welcome (curated by Renato Bianchini), Città Sant’Angelo, Pescara, IT
Care Off (curated by Guido Molinari) Cusano Milanino, IT
Indicazioni (curated by Matteo Chini) Depanis, Florence, IT


Arta Agani and Kuralai Abdukhalikova, Exhibition Catalogue, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, SS LJ XH FA, Venice - Pavilion of the Republic of Cosovo (57th Venice Biennale)
Rachel Vancelette, “Biennale di Venezia 2017: Sislej Xhafa, our interview”,, 12 May

“Sislej Xhafa in Accademia”, Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, 15 Dicembre
Hou Hanru Luigia Lonardelli, Exhibition Catalogue, Rome, MAXXI, 2016, Benvenuto! Sislej Xhafa

Oliva A.Bonito “Fuori Quadro: Quasi per gioco”,, 14 June

“Naten Vone -Sislej Xhafa”, RTV Ora News, September
A. Bardhyli, “Sislej Xhafa, Kthim në identitet”, Gazeta Shqip, September
Alma Mile, “Sislej Xhafa, art te Piramida dhe Vila e Enverit”, Panorama Gazeta Online, September
“Sislej Xhafa hap në Berlin “Arkivin e meduzës”“, KOHAnet, September
Skye Sherwin, Sislej Xhafa: this week”s art shows in pictures, The Guardian, January
Rosalind Ormiston, Sislej Xhafa: Asymmetric désir, Cassone, January
Martin Coomer and Freire Barnes, This weeks best new art, Time Out, January
Sislej Xhafa, review, Time Out, January
Sislej Xhafa: Back on the Market, Mayfair Times, January
Xhafa contra el consumismo, Masde, January

Yvette Greslé, Sislej Xhafa: Asymmetric désir, This is tomorrow, December 2013
“vice versa”, Italian Pavilion Biennale of Venice, Mousse Publishing
Ludovico Pratesi, “viceversa”, Flash Art, September
Hybridation & Art Contemporain, AICA / Al Dante
Rachel D.Vancellette, “Sislej Xhafa”, Italian Vogue, 27 May
Lea Mattarella, “Gruppo di sculture con cantante e coiffeur”, La Repubblica, 29 May
Maria Luisa Prete, “Vita Tragedia e Commedia”, InsideArt
Ginevra Bria, “Italian Strangers”, Artribune, May
Lele Saveri, “Sislej Xhafa”, L”Uomo Vogue, May/June
Antonello Tolve, “Speciale Biennale/Parlano gli artisti del Padiglione Italia”, Exibart, 28 March
Silvano Manganaro, “Il nomade non è un turista”, Il giornale dell” Arte, 3 March

November Paynter, “Sislej Xhafa”, Artforum, May
Elif Ince, “The most expensive key I”ve ever owned opens the doors to a world of trash (not that I”m complaining)”, Time Out Istanbul, 12 June
SISLEJ XHAFA”s Talk, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art
Raphael Cuir, “Hybridisation: A Method in Contemporary Art Art”, South Africa Opinions that matter, vol.11, Summer
Bettina Brunner, “Sislej Xhafa”, Frieze d/e , Issue n.4, Summer
Anna Chiara Sardella, “L”occhio di Sislej Xhafa, ad Istanbul “Non Unplugged”“, Il referendum

Corista Benzer,“Massive”, Schräglage Der Standard, 24 November
Aoife Rosenmeyer, In the Public Realm: Sislej Xhafa, Frieze blog, 27 September
Peter Aeschlimann,“Eine Steinschleuder taucht den Hardaupark in warmes Licht”, Tages Anzeiger, 24 September
Adi Kälin,“Steinschleuder als Fragezeichen”, NZZ Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 24 September
Elona Demollari,“Sislej Xhafa “ngre” llastiqet shqipëtare në Zyrih”, Shekulli, 2 September
Peter Aeschlimann,“Wie ein Kosovare Zürich bereichern will”, Tages Anzeiger, 31 August
Santa Nastro, “Pensando (oggi) a Giuseppe”, Artribune, 25 August
Lea Mattarella, “Xhafa, La tragedia dei clandestini in una barca fatta solo di scarpe”, La Reppublica, 13 August
Murray Whyte, “The Power Plant: Art from the ruins of the Soviet Bloc”, The Star, 14 July
David Balzer, “Rearview Mirror: Thinking Outside the Blocs Canadian Art”, 30 June
Giulia Fontani, “Sislej Xhafa, from Naples to Toronto”, Exibart, July
“Sislej Xhafa”, photo by Roberto Baldassarre, L”Uomo Vogue, June
Exhibition Catalogue, Venice, Francois Pinault Fondation, Palazzo Grassi, The World Belong To You
Antonello Tolve, “Vita activa, ad arte però. Contestazione estetica by Sislej Xhafa”, Artribune, 25 May
Renata Caragliano, “La provocazione dell”artista che racconta i mali del mondo”, La Reppublica, 26 April
“Welcome! Artisti in transito per Napoli: intervista a Sislej Xhafa,” Moonbow, 2 May
Mario Mosca, “Quanto domande nelle opere di Sislej Xhafa”, Il Roma, 8 May
Riccardo Lattuada, “Xhafa, l”albanese sulle tracce di Beuys che racconta i migranti e la mondezza”, Il Mattino, 22 April
Marino Fuani, “Sislej Xhafa Sorpresa, il giardino e fatto di spazzatura”, Corriere Della Sera, 22 April
Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, “Italia in opera. La nostra identità attraverso le arti visive”, Bollati Boringhieri, March

Potlatch A journal of the Potlatch Lab at GSAPP, Columbia University, Issue 1
Paola Nicita, “Ma quanto è grande Berlusconi…Cinque metri per otto (di sabbia)”, Il Venerdì di
Repubblica,February 14
Oliverta Lila, “Sislej Xhafa”, Shqip, 10 February
“Silvio set in sand”, The Art Newspaper, 6 February
Elsa Demo, “Silvio një perëndi prej rëre”, Shekulli, 8 February
Eleonor Ekström–Frisk, “Pussar och politik på Röda sten”, Göteborg-Posten, 6 February
Sanna Schiller, “Berlusconi har kidnappat vår fantasi”, ETCGöteborg, February 4
Lea Matterello, “Quando l”arte fa perdere la testa Dalla Gentileschi a Klimt, i significati nascosti delle decapitazioni in un saggio di Julia Kristeva”, La Stampa, 13 January

Mario Codognato and Luigi Ficacci, “Barock Sensation”. Barock: Art, Science, Faith and Technology in the contemporary age, Electa , Naples, IT
Paline Bache, “Art in the global age”, Aesthetica Magazine, May
Paola Nicita, “Moulin Rouge - La frattura del visibile” (text of the Moulin Rouge exhibition in Rome)
Sam Thorne, “Transmission Interrupted”, Bidoun, Summer
Nav Haq, “Transmission Interrupted”, Frieze, June-July
“Oxford aims to captare global zeitgeist”, Art World, April-May
“On reflection, it is better bus free”, Oxford Times, 23 April
Patrizia Ferri, “Sislej Xhafa, Flash Art”, June-July
Pier Paolo Pancotto, “Sislej Xhafa: l”arte di un cittadino di tutti i mondi vissuti e possibili”, l”Unità, 12 April
Laura McLean-Ferris, “Exhibitionist: The best art shows to see this week”, Guardian, 17 April
Thom Airs, “Artist: it”s all about “tourist complexity”“, Oxford Mail, 3 April
Chiara Ciolfi, “Sislej Xhafa”, Exibart, 4 April
Thom Airs, “On the dole? Then you can push my bus”, Oxford Mail, 2 April
Elena Fieri, L”arte clandestina di Sislej Xhafa, Romacè”, April
Granit Kurti, “Rebeli i thjeshtë”, Koha Ditore, 1 and 2 January

Branislav Dimitrijevic, “Forum South Eastern Europe”, Eikon
Adrian Paci, “De la “Soeur Toné” à la Biennale de Tirana”“, Au sud de l”est
Jazmine Steele, “MOCAD”s neon negativity stirs controverso”, The Michigan Citizen
Michael H Hodges, “From Monet to Hollywood, Detroit is a bonanza of art”, The Detroit News, 11 September
Granit Kurti, “Gjuha artistike e Sislej Xhafës”, Koha Ditore , 14
Abdellah Karroum, “Patries Relatives”, The 7th Gwangju Biennale catalogue, September (cat)

Elisabetta Calcaterra, “Folla in Comune per “Giuseppe” donato alla Gamec”, L'Eco di Bergamo, 25 November
“Sislej Xhafa and Pier Luigi Cellii”, Art Magazine Parallelo 42, January
Alban Muja, “Garibaldi i zi”, Gazeta Express, 27 November
Time Present Time Past Highlights From 20 Years of the International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, TR
Teresa Ruggeri, “La Scena Albanese / The Albanian Scene”, Arte e Critica, n°52, September-November
GAGARIN, Sislej Xhafa, Volume 8#1
Benjamin Genocchio, “Theater of Cruelty”, The New York Times, 3 August
Roselee Goldberg, “PERFORMA new visual art performance”, Performa Publications
Milot Hasimja, “Xhafa në Ystanbul Modern Art”, Gazeta Express, 31 August “Istanbul Modern exhibition to explore 20 years of biennial”, Todays Zaman, August 8 Jacob Proctor, “Sislej Xhafa”, Bidoun, Issue 11, Summer
Edi Muka,“Sislej Xhafa”, Contemporary, Issue 89, January Alban Muja, “Gënjeshtari me vlerë”, Gazeta Express, 2 January

Daniel Chang, “Elegant Sick Busruns into dead end”, The Miami Herald, 7 December and Eastern Europe, edited by IRWIN, Afterall Books
Alban Muja, “Sislej-Autobusi në Miami”, Gazeta Express, 9 December
“Choosing my Religion”, Kunst 21, n° 19, November
Alice Henkes, “Choosing my Religion im Kunstmuseum”, Kunst Bulletin, November
“Choosing my Religion”, Ensuite, n° 46, October
“La religion n”est pas perdue”, Le Courrier, 30 September
Alice Henkes, Koran im Supermarkt, Der Bund, September 19
Ewa Hess,“Wozu streiten? Kunst spielt mit allen Konfessionen”, Sonntags Zeitung, 17 September
“Il était des fois…”, La Liberté, September
Swantje Karich,“Frankfurter Galerien am Start: Gemeinsame Eröffnung der Herbstsaison”, Frankfurtet Allgemeine Zeitung, 9 September
Jelka Sutej Adamic,“Rdeca nit razstave: oportunizem”, Delo, 5 June
Laura Torretta, “In duecentosettanta per duemile firme”, Il Sole 24 Ore, 11 June
Petja Krnc Grafenauer, “Balkanski Eldorado”, Dnevnik, 3 June
Kris Vanhee, “Mijn droom is met kunstenaars omgaan”, HeNieuwsblad, 2 June
Christiane Kuhl, “I”m Intersted in What I Can Give (interview with Sislej Xhafa)”, read relations, n° 4, April
Nica Broucke, “Het was eens een andere ambiance”, DeMorgen, 22 May
Alban Muja, “Për Oportunizmin”, Express, 22 May
Matjaz Brulc, “Sislej Xhafa”, Delo, 23 May
Goings On About Town, “Sislej Xhafa”, The New Yorker, 17 April
Rachael Liberman, “Social Inconsistencies”, Gay City, 20-26 April
Lindsay Pollock, “Kravis and Schwab Join Art-Starved Collectors at Armory Show”, Bloomberg, 10 Marc
Lia De Venere, “Intramoenia-Extrart”, Segno, n° 31, January-February, p. 54-55
Elisabetta Povoledo, “Contemporary work has unlikely home”, Herald Tribune, 21 February
Matteo Chini, “Sislej Xhafa”, Flash Art, n° 257, April-May, p.134
Caroline Corbetta, “Vogue Arte”, Vogue Italia, n° 668, April
Francesca Marmorini, “Sislej Xhafa”, Arte e Critica, n° 46, April-June, p.59

Adrian Dannatt, “It”s art, but not as we know it”, The Arte Newspaper, 1 December
Marilena Di Tursi, “Intramoenia, L”arte contemporanea nei castelli di Federico II”, Corriere del
Mezzogiorno, 18 December
Antonella Marino, “Per Natale vi regalo l”arte di oggi, La Repubblica”, ed. Bari, 14 December
Roberta Smith, “Performance Art Gets Its Biennial, Including Classics Revisited”, The New York Times, 4 November , p.39
Jana Reena, “Painting the town”, Time Out New York, , Issue 527, 3-9 November, p.80
Tristian Koenig, “Art & Nation – States: A Bad Idea”, un Magazine, Issue 5
Nica Broucke,“Sislej Xhafa”, Der Morgen, 7 July
Giampaolo Atzeni, Albania, “Primo non Discriminare”, Arte in, August – September, p. 62
“L”Albania in Maschera”, Flash Art, n° 253, August – September, p. 45 and p. 81
Daniela Bigi, “Ceremonial Crying System PV”, Arte e Critica, n° 43, July- September, p. 39
“New Pavilions”, Tema Celeste, n. 110, July-August, p. 90
Marisa Vescovo, “Sislej Xhafa”, TTL, La Stampa, 2 July
Marco Enrico Giacomelli, “La Biennale di carta”, Exibart, special edition of the biennale, July-August, p.7
Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, “Sislej Xhafa”, Domus, n. 883, July-August, p. 24
Guido Molinari, “Divertirsi alla Biennale”, Around Photography, July-September, p. 60-62
Achille Bonito Oliva, “Venezia-Basilea: due modi di creare eventi opposti e vicini”, La Repubblica, 27 June, p. 47
“Il grande e il piccolo”, Venezia Nuova, 26 June, p. 24
Maliqi Shkëlzen, “Xhafa Trazovaçi”, Bota Shqiptare, 23 June – 6 July, p. 17
Edi Muka, “Sistem Ceremonial Lotderdhjeje”, Bota Shqiptare, June– July, p. 16-17
Travis Jeppesen, “Art, parties, pollution”, tourists and the ghost of mercantilism, 22 June
Pietro Marino, “Venezia, continua la “deriva dei continenti”“, La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno, 21 June, p. 26
James – Kleim Scott, “Molly, Venice Virgins: First–time Nations at the Biennale”, Art Fairs International,
“Biennale 2005, sono 91 gli artisti sulle orme di Corto Maltese”, Arte, June
Oana Tânase, “Bienala de la Venetia 2005”, Igloo, July–June
Stenio Solinas, “Meno male che è Biennale”, “Il Giornale”, 18 June, p. 1
Philippe Dagen, “La Biennale de Venise dans une actualité cruelle”, Le Monde, 16 June, p. 29
Francesco Bonami, “Biennale ogni scherzo vale”, Vanity fair, n° 23, 16 June, p. 121-123
“Che sia favola o denuncia c”è sempre di mezzo la realtà”, L”Unità,11 June, p. 25
“L”ospite d”onore Albanese”, Il Manifesto, 10 June, p. 14
Laura Cherubini, “Un bel museo, ma l”Italia dov”è?”, Il Giornale, 10 June, p. 28
“La Biennale punta in alto”, Corriere della Sera Magazine, 9-15 June, p. 122
“Sislej Xhafa”, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern-Ruit (cat)
Philippe Dagen, “Une biennale sous une triste actualité”, Le Monde, 15 June
Paolo Vagheggi, “Biennale di Venezia”, La Repubblica, 6 June
“I Padiglioni Nomadi”, Il Giornale dell”Arte, special edition of biennale, June

Edith Moroder,“Sieben sunden, sieben positionen”, Tiroler Tageszeitung, 23 November
Mariellla Rossi, “Seven sins”, Tema Celeste, November
Marco Enrico Giacomelli, “Seven sins”, Exibart, November, p 38
“Un Nazareno en la BIACS”, El Correo de Andalucía, 24 September
“La Bienal de Arte reinventa Sevilla”, Diario de Sevilla, 30 September
“Siviglia, Poesia e Spazio da Cattelan a Xhafa”, La Repubblica, 4 October
Giacint.o Di Pietrantonio, “La Natura dell”Arte, paesaggio/cultura/storia”, Alos Edizioni, Napoli, IT p. 70-71 /112-115
“La alegria de mis sueños” in Exhibition Catalogue, Sevilla, Fundación BIACS, I Bienal de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla (curated by Harald Szeemann), p. 66-69
Exhibition Catalogue, Bolzano, Edizioni MUSEION, “Seven Sins”
“Seven sins”, Kult, DE October
“Impeccabili peccati”, Vernissage de Il Giornale dell”arte, October
Natasha Petresin, “Public vs Private”, Galerija Skuc, Lubjana, AL
Jaume Vidal, “La Sala Montcada presenta una doble exposicio sobre les pors individuals I collectives, El Punt, 3 May
P Riano, “Y si el “miedo total” fuese real?”, Expansion, 19 May
“Sala Montcada / Temporada 03/04”, Por Total, Edizione Fundación la Caixa, Barcelona, ES
Paolo Vagheggi,“Kritiker-Umfrage”, Art, das Kunstmagazin, January, n° 1, p. 56
Exhibition Catalogue, Milan, Mazzotta, “Sislej Xhafa, See no evil / hear no evil / speak no evil, Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica” (curated by Luigi Ficacci)
Angelo Capasso, “Sislej Xhafa”, Tema Celeste, n° 101, January-February
“Los artistas llenan la Cartuja para ultimar sus obras”, 20 Minutos Sevilla, 29 September
Ferri, Patrizia, “Sislej Xhafa”, Flash Art, December-January, p. 112

Ludovico Pratesi, “Il Clandestino che lasciò a piedi Garibaldi”, Il Venerdì di Repubblica, 5 December
Arianna Di Genova, “Quel Garibaldi disarcionato”, Il Manifesto, 26 November
Ilirijana Stringa, “Xhafa qe zbriti Xhuzepen nga kali”, Bota Shqiptare, 20 November
Paolo Vagheggi, “Provocazione neo-dadaista di Sislej Xhafa”, La Repubblica of the Arts, 22 October
Exhibition Catalogue, Biennial of Tirana II, “Utopiasm?"
Iva Jankoviç, “Diverzant u Umjetnost”, Zarez, 8 May
Hoxha Petrit,“Anri Sala olhe Sislej Xhafa”, Koha Ditore, June
Laura Culpan, “Jane Have you heard them”, Work, Art in progress, July-September, p. 14-18
“Cream 3”, Phaidon Press Limited, London, p. 408–411
Pierluigi Tazzi, “Sislej Xhafa”, Work, Art in Progress, April-June, p. 24-25
Jerôme Sans, Hardcore, vers un nouvel activisme, Palais de Tokyo Édition site de création contemporaine / Cercle d’Art, Paris, FR
Sezgin Boynik, “Power to the artist”, Umelec, n° 7, March, p.66-67
Petrit Hoxha, “Provoke me, Sislej”, Umelec, n° 7, March, p.68-69

Ginevra Quadrio Curzio, “Sislej Xhafa artista di confine, ironico e duro come la realtà”, Il Foglio, 15 December
“Skinheads Swimming”, Kult, September
Teresa Macrì, Il gigante notturno di Sislej Xhafa, Il Manifesto, 13 July
Alberto Mugnaini, “Sislej Xhafa Teseco”, Flash Art, August-September, p. 107-108
Daniele Perra and Ali Hamadou, “Tema Celeste”, per Teseco, September- October, p. 116
Jouanno Evelyne, “Illegality, Open House”, Casino Luxembourg, July
Luca Legnani, “Il Fattore G”, Avant Garde, n° 3 ed. 3, 2002
Alessandro Rabottini, “Guida”, Museion
Exhibition Catalogue,“Gwangjiu Biennale Sislej Xhafa”, Pause “Too Big 2002: Biennale Internazionale di Arte Giovane”, Turin, IT

Tiziana Casapietra, “Life is Not Las Vegas”, NU: The Nordic Art Review”, vol. III, n° 6/01, p. 48-49
Massimiliano Gioni, “Egofugal”, 7th International Istanbul Biennial, p. 174-175
Exhibition Catalogue, Tirana Biennale, Giancarlo Politi Editore “Tirana Biennale 1: Escape”, p. 466
Exhibition Catalogue, Gent, S.M.A.K., “Casino 2001”, p. 249
Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, “Sislej Xhafa”, Rotor - Association for Contemporary Art: Annual 2000, p.142–143
Giorgio Verzotti, “Openings: Sislej Xhafa”, Artforum International, May, p.166–167
Massimiliano Gioni, “Strangers in New York: Adel Abdessemed, Sislej Xhafa”, Flash Art International, n° 218, May-June, p. 134–137
Edi Muka, “La strada verso casa: Adrian Paci, Anri Sala, Erzen Shkololli, Sislej Xhafa”, Flash Art, n° 227, April-May, p. 102-104
Chiara Leoni, “Sislej Xhafa”, Flash Art, n° 135, April-May, p. 120
Daniele Perra, “Sislej Xhafa”, Tema Celeste Contemporary Art, March- April
Laura Gelmini, “Video contro il Pregiudizio”, Il Cittadino, 27 January
Marcia E. Vetrocq, “Italy: New and Improved”, Art in America, January, p. 94-96
Teresa Macrì, “Una Vita Clandestina”, Il Manifesto, 20 January Gian Guido Vecchi, “Ultimi della classe in mostra”, Corriere della Sera, 19 January
Francesca Bonazzoli, “Arte, la grande abbuffata”, Corriere della Sera, 17January
Grida e provocazioni, “Gli ultimi lavori di Xhafa”, Arte, n° 23
Edi Muka, “Aperto Albania: Sislej Xhafa, Anri Sala, Adrian Paci”, Flash Art International, n° 216, January–February

Chiara Leoni, “Arte all”Arte”, Flash Art, n° 225, December 2000-January 2001
Francesco Bonazzi, “Sislej Xhafa”, Juliet, n° 100
Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, Going Underground, Janus, n° 6
Cloe Piccoli, “Clandestino dell”Arte”, Carnet, December
Guido Molinari, “Intervista a Sislej Xhafa”, in Premio Querini-FURLA per l”arte, Edizione Charta, Venice, IT, p.44 - 49
Scardi, Gabi, “Giovani visioni del mondo”, Il Sole 24 Ore, 17 September
Hoet, Jan and Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, Exhibition Catalogue, Gent, Stedeliijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.),“Over the Edges”
Hoet, Jan, Exhibition Catalogue, Watou, Poezie-Zomer,“Storm Centers”
Angela Vettese, Le radici prossime all”ignoto, Il Sole 24 Ore, June 25
Di Pietrantonio, Giacinto, “Borderline Syndrome” in Manifesta III, Ljubljana, SI