20 June – 25 August 2019, First Foyer of the Cankarjev Dom Cultural and Congress Centre. The group exhibition Instinct represents the works of an international team of artists, who explore how the relationship between animals and humans is ideologically emphasized or concealed with images, and how the concept of instinct defines the process of photography and the photographic representation.
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In terms of genre, the exhibited photographs span from documentary photography and classical photo reportage to very conceptual individual auteurial visions in which various media and techniques are brought together. The exhibition is thematically divided into five blocks which are adapted to the exhibition space of the Gallery of contemporary arts.
Irish photographer Mark Curran presents his on-going project THE MARKET, which is an exploration of the predatory nature of the functioning and condition of global markets. Focusing on financial and commodity exchanges, Curran provides a multi-layered and multimodal investigation of market culture.
Since (capitalist) market is an abstract concept, photographic narratives about it are by necessity indirect, focusing on visual representation of its many manifestations. Through most of the 20th century, photographers have continuously been focusing on its most evident manifestation – labour.
Parallels between the attitude and aesthetics of protagonists of historical avant-garde and the artists discussed in this article (Stane Jagodič, Željko Jerman and Mirko Lovrić) can be seen in their intention to oppose the cultural canons and occasionally question the art system itself through unconventional deployment of the medium of photography.