Artists from Kosovo in “Villa Romana” in Italy

By: Fitim Salihu    June 12, 2014

Three artists from Kosovo, Shqipe Jonuzi, Dardan Zhegrova and Yll Xhaferi, will be the participants in a two-week artistic residency at “Villa Romana”, in Florence, Italy. They have earned this opportunity thanks to the exchange program, “Hajde!” (“Come on!”), which was initiated by the artist Petrit Halilaj and will continue in 2015 as well.

Shqipe Jonuzi, who participated in the 16th Biennale of Ancona (2013) works mainly with sculptures and installation art and writes poetry. The other artist, Dardan Zhegrova is engaged in photography, videos and artistic performances. Meanwhile, Yll Xhaferi works in landscape painting and painting on public spaces.

This will be a golden opportunity for them to meet artists from other countries. Also, the event will be attended by a great number of spectators. There will be a professional jury that will evaluate them. Therefore, we can say that this will be a great chance for the Kosovo art and artists.

The artistic residence “Villa Romana” was established to provide opportunities to talented artists. The resident artists can use an atelier, an apartment and a monthly stipend of 1,500 euros. At the end of this activity, they will present their work which will then be documented and published in a catalog.

The original article was posted at Kosovalive360 – Click here to read the original article.

Fitim Salihu

Fitim Salihu holds a bachelor degree from University of Prishitna in Political Science. Currently resides in Gjilan, and is a freelance contributor at He led the student organization named “ "Students Political Club" and is an active member of civil society in Gjilan.

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