Tate St Ives Exhibition

Petrit Halilaj: Very volcanic over this green feather

bright drawings hanging from the ceiling, depicting colourful trees, a house, a parrot, an antelope and a small boy

Petrit Halilaj: Very volcanic over this green feather, installation view at Tate St Ives, 2021. Photo: Tate Photography (Matt Greenwood)

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, Ivana and Martin Ridler, and Tate Members.

Tate St Ives

Porthmeor Beach
St Ives
Cornwall TR26 1TG
Plan your visit


16 October 2021 – 16 January 2022

Extended opening until 19.00 on 27 November for Winter Festival 2021

Includes access to the Modern Conversations collection route

  • Advance booking is recommended ​
  • All visitors, including Members and Locals Pass holders, need to book a ticket

Supported by

The Petrit Halilaj Exhibition Supporters Circle:

Huo Family Foundation (UK) Limited
Ivana and Martin Ridler

and Tate Members