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Wrapped in the Shadow of Freedom

"The Time
Has come
That we be seen
In the shadow of Freedom...”

— Ledia Dushi, Change (1999)

Building upon Dushi's evocation, the exhibition Wrapped In the Shadow of Freedom seeks to explore contemporary ideas of queer freedom through a constellation of Kosovar and international artists.


The project draws from Sylvia Wynter's theory of autopoiesis emphasizing personal narratives to visualize the complexity of queer lives. Looking beyond only struggle or trauma, we are keen to foreground a wide range of experiences from joy to fear, dysphoria, celebration, love, sadness, and hope. Artworks that deal with family, religion, ethnicity, class, race, disability, and/or neurodivergence in direct or indirect ways are especially invited.

The exhibition is curated by Shaunak Mahbubani with assistant curator Anyla Kabashi.

Shaunak Mahbubani is a nomadic curator and writer. They primarily curate projects under the exhibition series ‘Allies for the Uncertain Futures’ focused on exploring possibilities of co-visioning futures grounded in the pursuit of non-duality. The fourth iteration in this series, AUTOPOIESIS (2022—ongoing) has had manifestations and cross-pollinations across Mexico City, New Delhi, and Berlin. Other recent curatorial projects include The Albanian Conference (initiated by Anna Ehrentein) at the 4th Lagos Biennial (2024), Parag Tandel: Archipelagic Archivist (Tarq Mumbai, 2023), Party Office at documenta fifteen (Kassel 2022, co-curated with Vidisha-Fadescha), A—ligning the Un—certain (Maxim Gorki Theatre, Berlin, 2022), Reality is Post-Produced (TIER, Berlin, 2019), and Saavdhaan: The Regimes of Truth (New Delhi, 2018). You can read more about the curator on their website:


Sekhmet Institute invites submissions of visual and performance artworks by artists who identify as LGBTQIA+ to be included in an upcoming exhibition in Pristina. The exhibition will explore the multiplicity of queer expression, foregrounding lived experiences and intersectional perspectives. Submissions of existing artwork and proposals for new commissions by artists from Kosovo, the wider Balkan region, and the diaspora are invited.

New deadline: 21st April 2024, midnight CET

Read on for more details on how to apply:

This project is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports of Kosovo, and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

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