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Petrit Halilaj

Now and then I seek out voice over work I’ve done.

🧐

But I didn’t think this one would be online.


And yet there it is - on the Tate Kids website.

I stumbled across it today - over a year after the recording!

😎


This was a VO I did through Voquent for Tate St Ives for a video about the Kosavar artist Petrit Halilaj.


Courtesy Petrit Halilaj. Photo: Angela B. Suarez
Courtesy Petrit Halilaj. Photo: Angela B. Suarez

Petrit Halilaj has a fascinating story. A child refugee from the war in Kosovo, he discovered his love of art in a refugee camp. He then went on to become a successful international artist, using his memories of the war in his art.


The video is part of a series to introduce kids to artists. To give them ideas and inspiration to create their own works of art.


From the Tate Kids website:


"Petrit grew up in a small village called Runik. When he was 12, he had to flee to safety when his home was attacked during the Kosovo War.


Living in a refugee camp, Petrit made drawings to help him understand the scary things he had seen. But his drawings also helped him to explore his dreams for the future too!


Petrit had a wild imagination! He would draw himself as a bird flying away over the horizon. Look at the picture he drew when he was 13:

Petrit Halilaj, Paesaggio Fantastico (Fantasy Landscape), 1999. Courtesy the artist and Giacomo Poli
Petrit Halilaj, Paesaggio Fantastico (Fantasy Landscape), 1999. Courtesy the artist and Giacomo Poli

Now Petrit is an artist who travels all over the world. He creates colourful artwork all about his life in Kosovo, his imagination, his memories and his hopes for the future. Petrit describes his work as ‘little nests’ for his history and his imagination to rest together."


Throughout the recording process Michael Lennie from Voquent was amazing. He kept in close touch and provided a rough cut of the video, as well as a recorded pronunciation guide for the difficult names.


This. Was. Invaluable!

It made the preparation much easier and gave me an insight into how the final product might look.


This is how it should always be. Great communication beforehand and everything ready for the session:

  • Script

  • Pronunciation

  • Video

  • Live direct link


We then had a one-hour live-direct session with Tate on Zoom and did a few takes to make sure.


And within an hour I had edited and sent all the files, and even the invoice.


Bob’s yer uncle! 🤓

(actually, he’s my dad but…)


Petrit Halilaj: Very volcanic over this green feather, installation view at Tate St Ives, 2021. Photo: Tate Photography (Matt Greenwood)
Petrit Halilaj: Very volcanic over this green feather, installation view at Tate St Ives, 2021. Photo: Tate Photography (Matt Greenwood)

Take a look - it’s a great video about a compelling artist.

✌😎


Here's the link:



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