Driton Selmani

1987, RKS Website
Love Letters, 2018–ongoing, © Driton Selmani. Photo © Manifesta 14 Prishtina / Majlinda Hoxha
Blue, acrylic paint on found plastic bag, 49×42 cm, 2020. © Driton Selmani. Photo © Rilind Beqa
In Dreams, You Will Lose Your Heartaches, Black Acrylic on high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic bag, 2022. © Driton Selmani
Amun-Ra, acrylic paint on found plastic bag, 50×50 cm, 2022. © Driton Selmani

“I wish you were a plastic bag so that you could be eternal”. Coined by Driton Selmani, this epigram is one of hundreds to fill the pages of his notebooks. At the moment he transferred it to a plastic bag, it became a love letter, one of the multitude of missives to everyone and no one the artist has been composing since 2018.

The idea for this expansive body of work emerged out of the realisation that love is to be found as much in the shopping lists your partner sends you – buy four aubergines, a bottle of olive oil and something to go with the tea – as it is in a poem, a letter, a text or sext message.

Covering topics from politics to ecology, from art to philosophy, the plastic love letters function as a kind of journal to last ten thousand years, as an ongoing documentation of everyday epiphanies and postulations, desires and anxieties.  

Driton Selmani (1987, RKS) is a Kosovar artist whose artistic practice deconstructs formations of social, political, and cultural topics that have been embodied within him. From a young age, he was told to worship a country that doesn’t exist. This created a scepticism within him that he later turned into a tool to reconstruct his beliefs into visual artifacts.

Works

Driton Selmani  

Love Letters  

2018–ongoing   

01.

In Dreams, You Will Lose Your Heartaches

2022

Acrylic paint on found plastic bag.

02.

Let’s Pretend

2020

Acrylic on high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic bag

03.

Springfields

2021

Acrylic on high-density polyethylene

04.

It’s All In Your Head

2020

Acrylic on high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic bag

05.

Amun-Ra

2022

Acrylic paint on found plastic bag.

06.

I Did Not

2020

Acrylic on high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic bag

07.

Never

2022

Acrylic on high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic bag.

08.

Lost For Words

2021

Acrylic on high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic bag

09. Green Market

2020

Acrylic on found plastic bag

10.

Spoken Words, Not Written Ones

2020

Marker on high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic bag

11.

Dreams

2021

Acrylic on high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic bag

12.

My Nature

2020

Acrylic on found plastic bag

13.

Blue Like Deep Blue

2019

Ink on found plastic bag

14.

Non Places

2020

Acrylic on found plastic bag

15.

Background

2021

Acrylic on high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic bag

16.

Tell Them

2022

Acrylic on high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic bag

17.

All Of This

2020

Acrylic on high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic bag

1.

Two Wrong Doors

2021

Marker on found plastic bag

2.

Go, Go, Go

2020

Marker paint on found plastic bag.

3.

99% Chance Of Rain

2019

Marker on found plastic bag

4.

Punching The Air

2022

Acrylic on high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic bag

5.

Bears Like It Too

2019

Ink on found plastic bag

6.
The Emperor's New Glasses

2021

Acrylic on high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic bag

Courtesy of the artist