The Artist Residency Centre CC Tobacco 001 is currently hosting Dante Buu. In his work, the Montenegrin artist addresses through various media the brutal socio-cultural environment and the omnipresent estrangement in society. All that is seemingly wonderful, joyful and accessible Dante Buu lays bare in his work, with the aim to cast light on their implications and impact on both individual and collective levels.
"The two-month residency of the Croatian art collective Fokus Grupa at the Tobacco 001 Cultural Centre has facilitated the implementation of the project, entitled “Invisible Matter” and curated by Alenka Gregorič. In their creative production, the authors Iva Kovač and Elvis Krstulović employ various archives as well as visual materials which they use as sources for their collages and appropriations. Owing to their investigations into the workings of visual art institutions and relations in the art world within a wider region, their opus may be ranked among the latest works of institutional critique.”
Through their participation in artist residencies, workshops and collaborative exhibitions, Fokus Grupa have consistently aimed towards creating a synergy with the gallery space. Their current show is conceived in the same vein, whereby they augmented their ongoing project "Invisible Matter" with "East Art Map", a research project by the Slovenian art collective Irwin.
Tobacco 001 Cultural Centre
Tobacco 001 is a new cultural centre that includes an art gallery, a museum collection and an apartment intended for artists in residence. It is the first historical building within Ljubljana’s old Tobacco Factory premises to be renewed. It was opened on 19 March 2011. It is the city’s new focal point for visual and cultural activities situated in a quarter that is increasingly becoming a prime ambient for contemporary multicultural attributes.