When he was invited to exhibit at Tate St Ives, the Kosovo-born artist Petrit Halilaj thought back to his childhood and the Kosovo war, when he was staying at the Kukes refugee camp in Albania. During his time at the camp the young Halilaj created colorful drawings of idyllic houses surrounded by blue streams and skies, roaming peacocks and animals. With those drawings in mind, Halilaj has installed large-scale structures, hanging images, and immersive spaces in the Tate’s gallery. It’s a remembrance, but also an homage to imagination—the child’s hope papering over terrible darkness. —E.C.
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