The exhibition leads visitors past the different nests full of birdlike artefacts to a video and a sculptural installation consisting of stage sets and props from Shkrepëtima. This project, the title of which literally means something like ‘spark’, or ‘flash’ revolves around the former House of Culture in Runik, for many years the heart of a lively community. The former House of Culture is the only major public building in Runik that survived the Kosovo War of 1998-99, albeit as a ruin. When political tensions in the region escalated in the 1990s, it was closed and fell into disrepair. Halilaj resolved to revive the building and the community with a new theatrical performance involving actors and residents from Runik. He created a new theatrical piece inspired by four plays that were once staged there. Using stage props, scenery and costumes from Shkrepëtima, Halilaj transforms one of the exhibition rooms in the Fries Museum into a dream-like scenario in which different times and realities converge.
With this exhibition, Halilaj shows how, just like people, landscapes and ruins retain memories. His work celebrates the power of shared dreams and the way stories and histories shape communities.