Lighting Guerrilla: Space
The 17th edition of the international Lighting Guerrilla festival, based in and around the Match Gallery, will explore issues of space, which is also its central subject. Space, that ungraspable and infinite given, in which the totality of reality unfolds on the temporal line, raises many questions and, at the same time, a series of issues of great relevance to many aspects of contemporary life.
While exploring physical space as such, the participating artists also explore other facets of the subject, such as the virtual world and the space of the human psyche. A number of the projects presented either address the increasingly pressing issue of environmental change or critically reflect on the (in)accessibility of space – either in terms of its control or simply the gentrification that is rapidly changing the physical, cultural and social fabric of our cities. Some spaces, especially those that are difficult to approach or imagine, have always aroused our imagination and our fears, but on the other hand, space itself, like everything that inhabits it, also reveals to us the magic of life through its lyricism and beauty. Space in the context of contemporary visual, intermedia and performative art is therefore a rewarding and challenging subject, and we are confident that the festival programme, with its many settings, installations and projections, will succeed in attracting the attention of the audience and encouraging them to reflect more deeply on the given topic.
The group exhibition at Match Gallery will feature a range of productions by local and international artists. The experimental light installation entitled Microlayers, signed by Camila Mejía and Erik Wälz, visualises hidden biological processes in our environment: the artists try to use them to suggest different strategies of nature that can help solve the ecological perplexities of our time. Iva Ferlinc’s Metal V. project explores the interdependent relationships between object, light and space, allowing the spectator to have a unique experience of perceiving space and thereby questioning their relationship to reality. The multimedia group Beam Team explores the linearity of time and space in their project Portal. The light and sound installation introduces a cyclical moment as an alternative to linear temporality; space is transformed into a fluid polygon of infinity, timelessness and wholeness, disrupting our experience of being and perceiving the world. One of the gallery’s windows is also inhabited by Lena Lekše’s project entitled Crevices_LJ023; divided into several locations and created using endoscopic cameras and NeRF technology, the project is a poetic study of materiality that bears witness to the remains of the city’s current and former inhabitants, as well as its decay and disintegration.
The Lighting Guerrilla Festival took place at the Match Gallery and other locations around Ljubljana from 22 May to 17 June 2023.
After the festival the main exhibition at the Match Gallery is on display to 27 August 2023 during the gallery's regular opening hours, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Lena Lekša's installation in on show in the gallery's window from Tuesday to Sunday from 21.30 onwards.
Production: Strip Core/Forum Ljubljana
Co-production: Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana
Artists: Iva Ferlinc, Lene Lekše, Camila Mejía in Erik Wälz, Beam Team
Curators: Katerina Mirović, Janez Grošelj, Nika Erjavec