Relating to the specific spatial features of the Tobacco Gallery, Bernik’s exhibition will investigate intersections between art and everyday life in the artist’s characteristic style as well as address the issue of social space and the ways in which art can enter it. The visual artist from Ljubljana, Viktor Bernik (1971) graduated from painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1998 under the mentorship of Metka Krašovec and Bojan Gorenc. Under Gorenc’s supervision, he also completed his specialization.
Siniša Ilić (1977, Belgrade) is a visual artist whose creative practice incorporates drawing, painting, installation, video, books, and performance. In his work, Ilić investigates social phenomena and explores various forms of social violence. He is a co-founder and member of the art and theory platform TkH (Theory of Walking), which was established at the end of 2000 in Belgrade by a group of theoreticians and artists.
Arjan Pregl is a representative of the generation of Slovenian painters born in the first half of the 1970s, who began to be active in the Slovenian art milieu after graduating in the late 1990s. Pregl graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana in 1998 under the mentorship of Metka Krašovec and Bojan Gorenc, and continued his education by enrolling in two postgraduate studies – painting (2001, under the supervision of Bojan Gorenc) and graphic design (2004, under the supervision of Lojze Logar).
Maja Smrekar (1976) graduated from sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, where she also completed her Master’s degree at the Department of Video and New Media. In her work, she thematizes radical social changes caused by using new technologies. In the Tobacco Gallery, she will present her latest project, in which she will address the question of what artificial intelligence can learn from dogs.