Artistic Intervention

22.07 → 30.11.2022

Wheelchair Accessible, WC Available

Palace of Youth and Sports


Astrit Ismaili

Artistic Intervention – Astrit Ismaili

LYNX, 2022, © Astrit Ismaili. Photo © Manifesta 14 Prishtina / Esad Duraki
LYNX, 2022, © Astrit Ismaili. Photo © Manifesta 14 Prishtina / Esad Duraki

Astrit Ismaili explores the possibilities of ‘being as becoming’ within the realm of performance. In alter egos, body extensions and wearable musical instruments, they think of, about and through the body: as it transforms and is transformed, as it moves, makes sound and makes contact, as it extends and exceeds itself, reaching out to and touching the other. In the performance LYNX, the artist works with five newly designed wearable musical instruments.

These creaturely “portals of transformation”, as Ismaili calls them, consist of long threads conjoining the performers with metal sculptures and repositories of sound. Here original songs composed by the artist intertwine with a plethora of fragments sourced from art, popular culture and politics.

Both songs and fragments touch upon themes of tradition and violence, restriction and resistance, desire, fear and resilience. The performers activate and interact with the sounds by both pulling the threads with their bodies and using their voices. After the performance, the instruments and sounds are transformed into an installation.


Astrit Ismaili
Performance at the Palace of Youth and Sports, Prishtina; multimedia installation, dimensions variable
Commissioned by Manifesta 14 Prishtina and supported by Ammodo, Pro Helvetia and Autostrada Biennale  

Concept, composition, direction, text: Astrit Ismaili   
Sound composition and engineering: Leroy Chaar, with support by Fabian Reichle    
Performance, choreography: Astrit Ismaili, Blerta Ismaili, Billy Morgan, Logan Muamba Ndanou,  Agnes Nokshiqi
Instrument concept, design and construction: Astrit Ismaili, Mihalis Shammas and Michele Abolaffio   
Garments: Flaka Jahaj   
Light: Annegret Schalke    
Curatorial advice and production: Titus Nouwens    
Development and rehearsal support: Stichting Stokroos and Amarte Fund 


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