Lighting Guerrilla: Memories
The Lighting Guerrilla international festival is dedicated to the presentation of artistic creations whose main medium of expression is the medium of light. The mission of the festival emphasizes the city as a living formation, as a space of creativity that encourages the imagination and dictates a different, dynamic rhythm of life.
The eleventh edition of the Lighting Guerrilla festival is focused on the topic of Memories. The content of this edition highlights the meaning and role of memory as manifested both on the level of an individual's subjective experience and on the broader societal level. Remembering is an inherent human characteristic: by means of remembrance, an individual gives meaning and conceptualizes their past experiences, and at the same time often substantiates its present time and even future. The program of the festival features a series of projects that explore and discover different aspects of memory and remembrance. The contributing artists draw inspiration from the technical, artistic and cultural heritage or venture on a journey of discovery of their past, with which they often question their identity as well.
A group exhibition of several foreign and domestic artists will take place in the Match Gallery. The interactive installation of the Dutch artist Ralf Westerhof thematizes the image of the enemy and puts forth its ambiguous appearance: figures we'd deem perfectly innocent only a few years ago, offer nowadays, in the times of mass-media paranoid hysteria, completely different interpetations. Icon Modulator by Luka Savić is inspired by the famous work titled Light-Space Modulator by the Hungarian artist Lászlo Moholy-Nagy. Savić pays hommage to the tradition of avantgarde art and its legacy: the work under his reintepretation doesn't only change the appearance of the space, but also of the iconic image Savić has imprinted onto the core of the object. The Australian artist Ian Burnspresents his analogue machine that creates poetic strings of words and projects them onto the walls. The work with its robust form as well as with its content puts forth the mysteriousness of time as an inevitable component of change. The project Car-Go, co-authored by Borut Bučinel and Miha Zupan, inhabits the windows of the gallery and the square in front of it. The key elements of the installation are the scrapped suitcases, used as miniature theatrical venues stock full of memories and flashbacks. The suitcases can be found in the scrapped Bučinel's car as well, which is transformed into a sentimental monument to/of the past on the French Revolution Square next to the gallery. Another artist, presented in the gallery with a light object that thematizes the figure of the stranger, is Andrej Štular. His minimalist interpretation springs from the meagre knowledge about an anonymous, unknown person who still lives a full-blooded life, full of their own memories.
Production: Strip Core / Forum Ljubljana
Co-production: Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, Secondary School from Design and Photography, Ljubljana, ZRC SAZU, ZRC lobby
This project is supported by: Municipality of Ljubljana, Ministry of Culture, Radio Študent, Austrian Cultural Forum, Land Steiermark
Sponsors: Foculus, Parma, Hotel Park, Riwal, Vitamin well