Leart Rama, "A Call From Yesterday", 2019, Videostill

But you, yourself, with your own hand must open this door

Edona Ademi, Djellza Azemi, Anjesa Dellova, Blerta Haziraj, Doruntina Kastrati, Anita Muçolli, Leart Rama, Abi Shehu, Dardan Zhegrova


2 March – 19 May 2024

Venue    Westfälischer Kunstverein, Rothenburg 30, 48143 Münster, Germany


     4 € / concessions 2 € / free to members

Easter opening hours   Closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday

But you, yourself, with your own hand must open this door, after a line from the poem Dera magjike (“The Magic Door”) written by the Yugoslavian poet, Mira Alečković in the 1940s, is dedicated to a generation of young artists who live in Kosovo and Albania or whose origins can be traced back to these countries. Although these two countries are united by a common language and shared traditions, they are also constituents of a larger geographical region with a complex and conflict-laden history characterised by ethnic, cultural and political differences. How do contemporary questions of identity and belonging play out in this geopolitical context and what can we learn from it? The exhibition presents works by artists born in the early 1990s who strive to contribute to the shaping of the future while dealing with our fragile present, which is currently once more defined and riven by a mindset of division.

Curated by Cathrin Mayer and Kristina Scepanski

Public Programme

Saturday, 2 March 2024
at 4 pm
Exhibition walkthrough with the curators

at 6 pm
Opening of the exhibition


Thursday, 7 March 2024 at 6 pm
Guided tour with co-curator Kristina Scepanski


"Perspectives on Kosovo's art scene"
Saturday, 18 May 2024, 4-7 pm

  • Hana Halilaj, curator, National Gallery of Kosovo, Pristina

Kosovo’s contemporary art scene (in English)
  • Edona Ademi and Anita Muçolli in conversation with co-curator Cathrin Mayer:

    Die Perspektive der kosovarischen Diaspora in Deutschland und der Schweiz
 (in German)
  • Blerta Haziraj in conversation with Hana Halilaj:
On Feminist Art and Activism – then and now (in English)



The exhibition is funded by Kunststiftung NRW and Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council.

> Booklet (pdf)