65 x 86 cm
Dardan Zhegrova's large parrot figure hovers behind the terraces above the heads of the outdoor pool visitors. With this work of art, the artist processes an emotional childhood memory: as a small boy, he had a parrot as a pet. With the outbreak of the Kosovo war, he had to leave home with his family and could not take the bird with him. Zhegrova's father set the parrot free without knowing exactly where it would fly to. For the artist, the parrot symbolises the belief that the bird has found a new home in freedom. With its colourful, swinging plumage, his sculpture is intended to give hope to visitors young and old and remind them of the happiness of being able to live a self-determined life.
About the artist
Dardan Zhegrova (*1991) lives and works in Pristina. His artistic works are object and performance oriented. It deals with both fictional and experienced events. They are mostly described from the first-person perspective and are addressed to an (imaginary) counterpart. The puppets and personalities that populate Zhegrova's works appear soft and permeable. They are vulnerable and strangely familiar in their unhappy search for intimacy. Most recently, his works has been on view at Meredith Rosen Gallery in New York and at Manifesta 14 in Prishtina.