Opening of the exhibition "The Things that Dreams are Made of" on Friday, July 22th 2011, after 9 pm, at club 'Underground' (ex "Zvono")
Artists Ana Baraga, Jelena Jelača, Jelena Sokić
Curator Dunja Kukovec
Ana Baraga was born 1988 in Ljubljana.
Her passions are ilustration and book design, but since life is so full of varieties and ways of looking at it, she works in different medias (photography, video, painting, graphic...) and is always trying to find new ways of expression. She is studying on the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (ALUO) in Ljubljana and is now visiting Visual Communication studies in Barcelona.
She is a painter of everyday situations, her style could be associated with illustration and comics. The details in her figurative paintings are giving somehow absurd notion of the reality, where everything seems perfect, knowing that a perfection is just an illusion. She finished Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade.
Since 2005 she is a student of painting on Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana. Studied also at Accademia di belle arti di Brera in Milan, Italy. As a media of expression she mostly uses painting and video. "Painting is one way of direct communication and I believe the world must be understood as intense as possible." Currently lives and works in Split, Croatia.
Dunja Kukovec (1975) is curator and publicist, based in Ljubljana and Sarajevo. In 2007 and 2008 she was art co-director of City of Women festival. Since 2008 she is a chairwoman of Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory. She is feminist by heart, borderless-art utopist, and non-academic creative thinker.
The Things That Dreams Are Made Of*
“The Things That Dreams Are Made Of” is an exhibition about internal processes that always represent some kind of communication and interaction. When we think or make something presumably and only for ourselves, or even when we just privately talk with our friends we are actually never on our own. Everything what we do echoes on some greater scale and by referring to Martha Rosler's “the personal is political” even the most private and individual things are constantly interfering with society and politics as such. According to theoretical psychoanalysis and quantum mechanics the process happens in both ways: everything affects us and everything what we do affects the other(s). There are no isolated things or acts; all what we see changes as we look at it. The core of it is thus understanding ourselves and our acts through awareness that on a micro-scale we should feel free to do what we like or can but speaking in terms of macro-view one move moves the other. Every act is the result of something (inspiration, rule, affirmation, oppression) and has some consequences. However, paraphrasing Boris Groys the problem lies in the fact that within the art world and also within democratic societies we have institutionalized the freedom by variety of so called safety regulations, prohibitions and repressive rules. As a consequence we built a new slave-like society where majority of us neither feel free nor are able to feel free. Finally, we are faced with the tackling clue: why things are as they appear to be? Regardless of our knowledge and alleged ability to make things better, easier and more fair for everyone if we do, act, think and talk differently, why things still develop as they do?
In the contemporary world one of the ideas could be found in unpretentious self-sustained open communities where a subject and/or an individual is understood as an emotionally shifting emphatic she-human and not as a perfect ruling he-robot, where structure of social network is not based on species, nationality, religion, gender or social status but more on emotions and parameters of how we feel about the world and towards each-other and what we like or are capable to do, share or exchange on the global and everyday basis. It was Nikola Tesla who was already fighting for a new understanding of human and universe in terms of (free) energy which according to him precedes (concrete) materiality.