Tate St Ives Exhibition

Petrit Halilaj: Very volcanic over this green feather

bright drawings of a peacock on a tree branch with trees and a house in the background

Petrit Halilaj, Paesaggio Fantastico (Fantasy Landscape), 1999. Courtesy the artist and Giacomo Poli

The first UK museum solo exhibition for artist Petrit Halilaj born 1986, Kosovo

Petrit Halilaj's work investigates cultural identity, nationhood and heritage, and ideas of personal and collective memories and freedoms. Halilaj lives and works between Germany, Kosovo and Italy. His work encompasses sculpture, video, drawing and text, as well as traditional fabrics and materials.

Halilaj presents a powerful new work created for Tate St Ives. His installation revisits 38 childhood drawings that he made in Kukës II refugee camp in Albania during the Kosovo war (1998–99), when he was thirteen years old. Layering large-scale, hanging images throughout the gallery, Halilaj’s immersive environment combines the images that accompanied him during conflict. Poignant rural landscapes, birds and animals, are interspersed with scenes of war and violence. Very volcanic over this green feather reveals the complicated relationship of reality and imagination, and between the often divergent perspectives of official histories and lived experiences.

Supported by the Petrit Halilaj Exhibition Supporters Circle: Huo Family Foundation (UK) Limited, and Tate Members.

Tate St Ives

Porthmeor Beach
St Ives
Cornwall TR26 1TG
Plan your visit


16 October 2021 – 16 January 2022


  • Advance booking is recommended ​
  • All visitors including Members need to book a ticket

Booking and ticket prices will be announced

Supported by

The Petrit Halilaj Exhibition Supporters Circle:

Huo Family Foundation (UK) Limited
Ivana and Martin Ridler

and Tate Members