Xhevdet Xhafa - Autobiography
September 14 - October 14, 2017
Curator: James WALMSLEY


The National Gallery of Arts of Albania and the National Gallery of Kosovo has the pleasure to invite you to attend the opening of the personal exhibition of Xhevdet Xhafa, “Autobiography”.

The exhibition is part of the joint cultural calendar of respective Ministries of Kosovo and Albania.

The opening ceremony will be tale place on Thursday, September 14th, 2017 at 19:30 at the National Gallery of Arts in Tirana.

The press conference will be held on the same day at 12:00pm.

- Xhevdet Xhafa took part in many international exhibitions where he was always well received and his work was highly praised. These included:group exhibition in Rockefeller Gallery in New York where Contemporary Art critics thought that Xhafa’s work was outstanding. The Contemporary Art Exhibition.Sydney,Australia where more than 100 paintings, sculptures, and photography- by several renowned artists were presented. Oskland Strary a French critic wrote: “The Yugoslav Art does not represent a world power in artistic aspect; however there are a few artists whose importance goes beyond its borders: Sutel, Xhafa, Rotar and Abramovic”. An exhibition in the Gallery of Contemporary Art –Rome, hosted the work of 60 renowned artists. Art Critics again praised Xhafa’s work among 11 other artists. “The alternative of our contemporary Art”was an exhibition in Vienna, Austria where Xhevdet Xhafa and J. Bujić were considered to be “the true representatives of our individuality in the field of contemporary art”.

All life is here.. 15
The cosmos on a canvas.
The human condition and our shared universal experience made visible.
These epic paintings howl out the complexity, contradictions and struggles of our shared humanity and experience.
Paint, textiles and found objects are carved, woven and intertwined with our collective history, memory and emotion.
Beauty, sensitivity and innocence are defiled and ravaged by violence, brutality and loss.
‘We have gazed into the abyss and the abyss has gazed back into us.’
Xhafa has gazed into the abyss but has not been conquered or consumed.
He is a mirror and conductor of the universal forces within.
He is the guide, map and compass point to our inner humanity.
The poetry of Xhafa’s emotional integrity and dignity emanates from his paintings.
He is modern, post modern and contemporary.
He is vital and he is now.
He is the everyman and the everywhere.
He is past, present and future.
He is Xhafa.

James WALMSLEY
Curator