14 March 2024

Artan Hajrullahu - "A House Without Walls" - 8th Yokohama Triennale, Japan

Artan Hajrullahu is one of the artists participating in the 8th Yokohama Triennale in Japan. The event is going to run from March 15 to June 9, 2024, on the theme Wild Grass: Our Lives.

Artan Hajrullahu's exhibition, which opened in September 2023 at Sarieva/Gallery in Plovdiv, introduced the curators of this year's edition of the Yokohama Triennale in Japan to Hajrullah's art work. Liu Ding and Carol Yinghua Lu from China then requested that part of the exhibition also be shown at the major art event. 34 works of the Kosovar artist will be on view in the Yokohama Art Museum. According to the artist, the curators had requested the same installation of the works as arranged in the gallery in Plovdiv.

About the 8th Yokohama Triennale

The Triennale, consisting of seven thematic chapters, features 94 artists/groups from 31 countries/regions, with 20 new commissions.

The Artistic Directors, Liu Ding and Carol Yinghua Lu, started conceptualizing the theme with the Chinese writer Lu Xun’s anthology Wild Grass, penned from 1924 to 1926, during a turbulent period in Chinese history. In 20th-century China, Lu Xun was a singularly solitary individual who constantly rebelled against existing situations and simultaneously a thinker who stayed attentive to the movements of the world, contemplating the fate of individuals and humanity within them. In Wild Grass, Lu Xun affirmed his conviction to confront desperation and to find a way out of complete darkness. The exhibition theme Wild Grass: Our Lives aspires to Lu Xun’s philosophy of the universe. It signifies a way of life that elevates the unquenchable force of individuals to a respectable existence that transcends all systems, rules, regulations, and forms of control and power. It is a model for flexible expression of individual subjectivity.