There’s a future which is predictable, programmed, scheduled, foreseeable. But there is a future, “l’avenir” (to come), which refers to someone who comes whose arrival is totally unexpected. (Jacques Derrida)
Jasna Hribernik is a film director and one of the more important Slovenian intermedia creators, who, besides creating art videos, also works in the field of documentary film, video and light installations and objects, and spatial interventions. For several decades now, she has been successfully operating in Slovenian and international venues but had no recent comprehensive presentations.
The present exhibition presents the fluidity/development of the author's long-term work through a specific installation that is based on the idea of reversing the view back from the position of the artist's today's production. We are entering her past works/periods within the context of her newest project, Su.Persenso.ry (2021/22). Done specifically for the City Art Gallery Ljubljana, the multimedia installation includes a selection of those past works that proved to be crucial in the development of the fundamental ideas of her consistent artistic career as we know it today.
Her ideas have always been tied to the exploration of time and to answering fundamental ontological questions, with which she unfolds universal tales of passing, memory, and dreams (utopia-dystoia-retrotopia). In her earlier works, they manifested through the author's relation towards architectural objects, which she uses as poetical landscapes in her video narrations. In her later works, themes of living grew into socially engaged statements. These span from questions of progress and the syntropic power of nature, in which the author defies the dominant paradigm of entropy and the high likelihood of a dystopian future, to her pondering on the techno-capitalist war machine, which needs its special “blood-flow” of two liquids: oil and blood. Peace is only intermittent, a space of non-friction.
In the last years, she has been using and exploring the possibilities of the ever more powerful computers, which offer new means of expression and influence how art interacts with society. The development of all of these thoughts is displayed in a dialogue between the author’s older and more recent works, including her earliest and most notable video installation Staircase (1992), which are reinterpreted just for this exhibition. The ambient installation encompasses video and light projections, public projection, etc.
Production: Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana Curator: Barbara Sterle VurnikArtist: Jasna HribernikTexts by: Barbara Sterle VurnikCoordination and production: Maruša MegličDesign by: Novi kolektivizem Technical realization: MGML Technical Department The project was made possible by: City of Ljubljana, Department for Culture
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1 January, 1 November, 25 December: Closed
24 and 31 December: 11:00–14:00
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The City Art Gallery Ljubljana concludes 2022 with the exhibition of Mitja Ficko and Marko Jakše, which will remain on display until February 2023. An intermedia overview exhibition of Jasna Hribernik is opening in March, followed by a photographic exhibition by Meta Krese in May. Academic painter Jurij Kalan will receive its first presentation at the City Art Gallery Ljubljana in the autumn of next year, while 2023 will conclude with an intermedia group show, which will present works by Miha Godec, Urša Vidic, Maja Smrekar, and Boris Beja.