[NetBehaviour] Solo show by Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša at Aksioma Project Space
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Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, kindly invite you
to the exhibition opening:
Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša
Curated by Domenico Quaranta
Aksioma | Project Space
Komenskega 18, Ljubljana
23 October - 15 November 2013
Exhibition opening: Wednesday, 23 October 2013 at 7 pm
Everybody has at least one of them. The “I heart” t-shirts made their
appearance as a nice tourist’s gimmick that was saying at least two
things: that you love a given city or country, and that you have been
there. I Love New York. I Love Paris. I Love Ibiza. I Love UK. Then,
they went viral and different variations started to appear. I Love
Jesus. I Love Pasta. Finally, we entered the age of customization, and
variations started to become even more interesting. I Love Me. I Love
Bacon. I Love Brutus. I Love One Direction. I Love Your Mum. I Love Ass.
I Love Mafia, even. We can love anything and still be socially accepted,
because we are expressing it in a funny way.
Janez Janša loves Germany. So much that, to find his favorite t-shirt,
he traveled through Germany, from Berlin to Köln, finally finding one –
pardon, three of them – in the backroom of a tourist shop in Frankfurt.
Germany is the most powerful and influential country in the EU. Germany
is the country of the Bund, the 10-year bond used as a benchmark to
calculate the stability of another country economy and to rate it.
Germany is a country that attracts immigrants from all over the world,
including young people looking for jobs, low rents, a good quality of
life and the possibility of having children and feeding them.
So, Janez Janša loves Germany, and he has all the reasons to love it. He
shows off this love proudly, wearing his brand new t-shirt wherever he
may go, and taking pictures. Look, how happy he looks in his new
t-shirt: in Ljubljana, where he lives; in Athens, where he spent his
summer holidays; in London, where he went to work...
In Auction, Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez Janša present some works
from the new series I Love Germany, showing how even abused significants
such as the “I Love” trend may take an unsuspected, powerful meaning
when juxtaposed and remixed with other significants, and how a similarly
abused gesture (the tourist portrait) can become a strong political gesture.
In these simple, effective images, three significants are at play with
each other: the “abused” significant of the “I Love” t-shirt, applied to
a subject (Germany) that is, more often than not, the object of an
unspoken, discreet love; the “hijacked” significant of the name Janez
Janša, belonging to the leader of the Slovene National Party as well as
to the three artists in the show; and the plain significant of the
background, from time to time related to politics and history (like the
monument to Edvard Kardelj in Republic Square, Ljubljana), and to local
and global economics (the Greek soldier and the “I Love Sales” sign).
Using the oblique strategies (neither critical nor affirmative) that
became part of their signature style, Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez
Janša ask us some uncomfortable questions: how do you position yourself
as an active subject in the globalized world? How do you conceal
tradition and consumerism, being a global tourist and a victim of the
financial crisis? And finally: what do you love?
Janez Janša works at the intersection of classic visual media,
conceptual practices and new media. In 2003, he represented Slovenia at
the 50th Venice Biennial; he has exhibited his work in New York, Sao
Paulo, London, Berlin, Rome, Madrid, Prague, Budapest, Ljubljana,
Belgrade, Tirana and elsewhere.
Janez Janša is author, performer and director of interdisciplinary
performances including Miss Mobile, We are all Marlene Dietrich FOR (Mi
vsi smo Marlene Dietrich FOR) and Pupilija, papa Pupilo and the
Pupilceks (Pupilija, papa Pupilo pa Pupilčki). He regularly presents his
work at European festivals of contemporary performing arts and in the
USA. He is the director of Maska, Institute for Publishing, Production
and Education, Ljubljana.
Janez Janša is an experienced newmedia artist, renowned at home as well
as abroad, whose much-discussed art projects have been presented, inter
alia, at Manifesta 4, Ars Electronica, ZKM, ISEA, ARCO, Kiasma, MNAC,
MMOMA, MMSU and MSUM.. He is the recipient of the ARCO/Beep 2007 award
for digital art.
Production: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, 2013
Artistic Director: Janez Janša
Producer: Marcela Okretič
Executive Producer: Sonja Grdina
Public Relations: Mojca Zupanič
Technician: Valter Udovičić
The exhibition is part of the program of the 1:1 Stopover on view at the
Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Maistrova 3, Ljubljana, organized
by MSUM in co-production with Maska.
The programme of Aksioma Institute is supported by the Ministry of
Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana.
Sponsor: Datacenter d.o.o.
Marcela Okretič, 041 250 830, aksioma4 at siol.net
Aksioma | Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana
Neubergerjeva 25, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
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