VASA Project: 23
6 June – 30 June 2012
6 June – 30 June 2012
Ada Hamza / Andraž Jenkole / Borut Sluga / Ciril Jazbec / Darko Šemen / Darko Sintič / Goljat Katja / Andraž Gregorič / Ivica Čendak / Kaja Božič / Katarina Kokalj / Katra Petriček / Klemen Ilovar / Luka Dakskobler / Matevž Kosterov / Matija Medved / Matjaž Rušt / Nika Furlan / Nina Rojc / Peter Mrhar / Špela Škulj / Taja Polovšak / Vladimir Mićković
The exhibition 23 displays the work of 23 Slovenian photographers each demonstrating different styles and approaches to personal image making. The images were selected for their diversity and idiosyncratic nature. The exhibition is a joint venture between Galerija (Slovenia) and VASA (world).
23 is a snapshot of contemporary photography in Slovenia. The viewer will notice immediately the absence of photojournalism. As curators, we selected works that rather than the illusion of a window into everyday lives provide a personalized expression.
Each photograph expresses intimate secrets about the artist and his/her life and at the same time both conceals and yet offers us, a reason – so we end up with many questions about the artists, and how they experience life.
We decided to include only one image from each photographer in an effort to display a wide diversity of thought and form a collective image of sorts – a moment of time from the younger population of photographers in Slovenia.
A single image in 23 is not meant to be read as representing a body of work by that photographer, but acts as a pointer into a landscape, towards a horizon line of expressive acts.
In a photograph we know that time exists on both sides of the image – a fascinating fact we meet on a daily basis. Any slice of time is only a container for that moment, but it may still tell us a story about that moment. The 23 tells stories of diversity, energy, and vision. It speaks to the richness of image making in Slovenia. As a chorus sings, it goes beyond the voice of any one particular individual, but to the collective voice. 23 is rich to our eyes, as the angel’s chorus is rich to our ears.
(Iris Anam Cara)