Artistic Intervention

22.07 → 30.10.2022

Wheelchair Accessible, WC Available

Grand Hotel Prishtina


Driant Zeneli

Artistic Intervention – Driant Zeneli

The Alternative Atelier, 2022 © Driant Zeneli in collaboration with Bonevet Prishtina. Photo © Manifesta 14 Prishtina, Majlinda Hoxha

Three iconic brutalist buildings are the setting for Driant Zeneli’s trilogy The Animals. Once upon a time … in the present time:  the National Library of Kosovo in Prishtina, the Pyramid of Tirana in Albania and the Post Office in the North Macedonian capital city of Skopje. Poring over what remains of the utopian architectures, each film in the trilogy recounts its own fable in a quest to engender new imaginaries.

Portrayed by futuristic, robotic versions of themselves, the animal protagonists each encounter a formidable antagonist: a flying fish confronts a shark, a dragonfly an octopus, and a firefly a snake. Both the creatures and their stories were developed in a collaborative process that is integral to the artist’s practice.

In part one, he worked with children; in part two, with a former prisoner; and in part three, with engineering students. Common to each new fable is the trope of flight – as a mode of escape, whether from oppression, isolation or entrapment, and as a means of metamorphosis and empowerment.


Driant Zeneli
No wise fish would escape without flying   

Video, colour, sound, 7.10 min. 

Courtesy of the Seven Gravity Collection 

Driant Zeneli
How deep can a dragonfly swim under the ocean?   

Video, colour, sound, 11.23 min. 

Courtesy of the artist  

Driant Zeneli
The firefly keeps falling and the snake keeps growing   

Video, colour, sound, 11.15 min.   

Commissioned by Manifesta 14 Prishtina and produced by Fondazione In Between Art Film   


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