Fitore Isufi Shukriu — Koja
Prishtina is full of abandoned buildings whose value has been lost. Some twenty years after the war with Serbia, most of these “leftovers” are in a state of such morbid disrepair that their very survival is threatened.
One such building is “Marsi”. An exemplar of brutalist modernism, it was originally designed as a supermarket. Later it became a restaurant, then a nightclub before being abandoned in 2003 and privatised four years later. In 2019, Koja made it the subject of an in-depth research project as part of Foundation 17’s Metamorphosis II initiative.
Together with a group of architecture and design students, she conducted fieldwork to gather material evidence and oral histories attesting to the sociocultural significance of the building and the importance of its recuperation.
The results of their research were presented as part of a site-specific intervention comprising photographs, videos, interviews and other documents and artefacts. At the Grand Hotel Prishtina – another “leftover” worth flirting with – Koja reprises the intervention.
Koja’s (1982, RKS) is a multi-disciplinary artist. Her work is conceptually based, and includes painting, drawing, video installation, text installation and public interventions.
The issues that inspire her practice are inspirational stories, political maneuvers, cultural speculation, gender inequality, random gestures, the limits of freedom and forms of censorship. She positions her work as a reflection of the social, historical, cultural and political climate in which she lives.
Fitore Isufi Shukriu – Koja (born 1982 in Gjilan, lives in Prishtina)
Flirting with Leftovers
Courtesy of the artist with the support of Foundation 17