Painter & sculptor Juliana Haliti OPENING RECEPTION & ARTIST TALK

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Date(s) - 01/12/2024
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

NY 13501


Solo Exhibition featuring Juliana Haliti at
4 Elements Studio gallery located at
January 12, 2024 thru March 24, 2024.
The opening reception and artist talk is on January 12, 2024, 6:00pm at 4 Elements Studio located at

1607 Genesee Street, Utica, NY.

Utica, NY— The public is invited to view the solo exhibition of artist Juliana Haliti at 4 Elements Studio gallery located at 1607 Genesee St. Utica.(1st floor) The exhibition can be viewed during gallery hours Monday thru Friday 9am-4pm. This solo exhibition is a collection of mixed media collages/sculpture and is available for viewing Friday, January 12, until March 24, 2024.

The opening reception and artist talk is on January 12, 2024, 6:00 to 8:00 pm at 4 Elements Studio located at 1607 Genesee Street, Utica, NY.

“Breaking Free From the Rectangle” Workshop: Saturday, March 9th 1:00 – 2:30 pm Instructor: Juliana Haliti
Max 10 students

Juliana Haliti is a painter and sculptor who makes work reflecting upon the blind faith of their childhood—their unknowing participation in racist and unethical capitalist systems—drawing on an overwhelming sense of culpability and guilt, as well as what caused them to challenge these systems and their relationship to these things today.

Their work has been exhibited locally and nationally including, The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY, H Galleries in Ventura, CA, Tomato Mouse in Brooklyn, NY, MOZAIK Virtual Future Art Awards, DAB Art Co. in Los Angeles, CA, Saratoga Arts in Saratoga, NY, The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, NY, and The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY where one of their paintings is included in their permanent collection and is on display in the campus center. Their work has been published in The Sheepshead Review, Montana Mouthful, and The Gandy Dancer. They received their BFA with a dual concentration in painting/drawing and sculpture from the College of Saint Rose and their MA in Studio Art from the University at Albany. They also received their MFA from the University at Albany. Haliti also proudly

served as the art editor for the online publication, Barzakh magazine, during their three years at the University at Albany.


I grew up in a racist, homophobic, abusive, and controlling household in the era of mass consolidation of farming in America. The corporate overdevelopment of my hometown left me to surmise how the demand for animal-based products was being met all around me. My assemblages, collages, and prints are an amalgamation of imagery and material surrounding my struggle to understand a lifetime saturated with the normalization of racism, homophobia, lies, and abuse, as well as systemic manipulation by capitalist forces. Drawn to pattern, color, and shape, I abstract, obliterate, and highlight certain aspects of my original reference imagery. Dimensionality forms as I layer on mixed media, selected, and found objects. The act of collaging is a way to bring these forces together to attempt to grapple with, process, and unpack my particular upbringing and current relationship with them.

My collages emerge from researching otherworldly visuals—the iconography of ecocide and oppression. My assemblages are products of this need to question and understand what these things look like and where I intersect with them. I collect objects like animal skin, bones, hair, fur, carcasses, and fragments of mechanical equipment, deliberately leaving my ethics in question, mirroring my own struggle of involvement and confusion. A parallel world emerges, revealing a safe space to question my complicity both past and present.



####Image: Juliana Haliti: “My Mom Liked To Pretend She Was A Plantation Owner”, 2022,
Wood, paper, foam, rope, acetate, acrylic paint, lift shackle and strap, elephant hide, giraffe hide, and

shark vertebrae 66 x 48 x 8 inches

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