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Mary Kelly: The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi

Main Gallery Dec 11, 2001–Jan 20, 2002

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Mary Kelly: The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi
Dec 11, 2001–Jan 20, 2002

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Mary Kelly: The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi, 2001 (detail)

With the new work created for this exhibition, internationally acclaimed artist Mary Kelly continued her exploration of narrative as visual form. The Ballad of Kastriot Rexhepi recounts the legend, based on factual accounts, of an Albanian boy left for dead on a battlefield in Kosovo, rescued by Serbs, and eventually reunited with his parents. To accompany Mary Kelly’s text, renowned English composer Michael Nyman wrote an original choral work, which was performed at the exhibition’s opening. The project addressed the traumatic effects of war and its representation in the media, as well as the psychic residue of these phenomena in our everyday lives.