Stock Exchange
A video performance by Sisley Xhafa,
3 min (Kosovo/Italy) 2000

Sisley Xhafa's video Stock Exchange consists of the footage of the artist's performance at the Ljubljana train station a day before the opening of Manifesta 3. The artist, dressed in a conservative business suit, gave out information on arrival and departure of trains to passengers and passers-by, waving and yelling like brokers at a stock exchange do. Creating a surreal situation which implicitly refers to the changes caused by the massive, often illegal migrations to the West, this work accumulates a surplus of meaning that makes understanding impossible, using as a sort of metaphor for misunderstanding, one way of speaking in a totally different context.

Sisley Xhafa
was born in Peja (Kosovo) in 1970. He lives and works in Pisa and Bologna. Selected Exhibitions include 1994 Spazio Tempo, Florence; 1996 Rotte metropolitane, Florence;1997 2 Premio Trevi Flash Art Museum; GAME, Gallery of Modern Art, Bologna;1998 Jelly Bits, Bologna; Welcome, Citta Sant'Angelo, (Italy);1999 Placentia Arte, Piacenza; Atlante, MACS, Sassari.
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