student exhibition of Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana and Faculty of Multimedia Communications, Tomas Bata University in Zlin
Opening: 2 June at 4pm
(former) ARS Gallery, Ljubljana
Tradition is an exhibition examining the local region’s preserved fragments of the past; a topic the medium of photography (dealing with the here and now) seems much less familiar. By juxtaposing two nations, Slovenian and Czech, the exhibition seeks out possible intersections of (Slavic) folk traditions. Photography students from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana, and the Faculty of Multimedia Communications, Tomas Bata University in Zlin explored the same topic, in two separate processes. The exhibition showcases a selection of the most varied readings.
Today, folk tradition can be found anywhere: in the slightest daily habits, in the cause for big or intimate celebrations, in manners of interpersonal communication, in moral values and personal principles, in food, in how we construct our worlds and in how we raise our children. Anybody who deals with folk tradition daily is aware of how invaluable it is–with its ability to shed light on precious sources of uniqueness–as a basis of cultural identity in the contemporary frenzy for global levelling.
Moreover, the unveiling of the past illuminates the creation of traditions as something that can carry traces of everything from prehistoric mythology to just yesterday’s needs for new ways of verbalising phenomena. An awareness of the relativity and fragility of these processes is important also in the process of seeking adequate forms of translation of these phenomena into the present day, out of which new traditions can then emerge. As a composite of manifold traditions, each individual has the power to decide, at any given moment, how much of the consciously perceived past they wish to carry with them, in what form, and how much to leave behind. This project also explores ways of interpreting the chosen topic by means of photography, the medium that is, by its very nature, rooted in the ‘factual’, and in the Slovenian tradition also in the ‘documentary’. The merger of these seemingly unrelated treatments–faint inklings of the past against the tangible present–could perhaps provide inspiration for new traditions still to come.
The exhibition is open until 19 June 2016.
Every day: 10.00-18.00
Address: Jurčičev trg 2, Ljubljana