The exhibition is temporarily closed.
LEUNORA SALIHU - PIECES
April 17th to June 20th 2021
Leunora Salihu's sculptural work articulates an unmistakable language of material and form in which the artist addresses fundamental sculptural issues such as constructive and organic building methods, movement and static form, the object-pedestal problem, and the relationship between inside and out, room and surroundings.
Her sculptural forms are based on a principle of modular construction in which the sequential repetition of handmade elements creates a taut rhythm emphasizing physical opposition: Expansion and attraction; gravity and weightlessness. Everything is connected and interdependent. Therein, the choice and combination of materials — foremost among them natural materials such as ceramic or wood — with their specific characteristics and production processes, are inseparable from the expressive quality of her sculptural work.
Beyond structural and construction related considerations, Salihu explores the relationship between body and space as well as biological and geological phenomena in her drawings. In this medium, too, she remains true to the principle of the varied repetition of individual elements.
Leunora Salihu was born in Pristina, Kosovo, in 1977. She lives and works in Düsseldorf, where she studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, graduating as a master student under Tony Cragg. She has had solo exhibitions at institutions such as the Philara Collection (2020), the Lothar Fischer Museum (2018), Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westphalen K21 (2017), the National Museum of Kosovo (2017), and the Lehmbruck Museum (2011/2012). Among other honors, Salihu received the Lothar Fischer Prize for her work in 2017.
Translation: Jon Shelton