Cankarjev dom, second lobby, 20. April – 5. May 2016, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The exhibition Camouflage presents the works of authors made for the magazine Membrana call for projects on the theme of camouflage. The result is set of works, which exploit the lasting tension between hidden and revealed, present and supposed, between what is showed and hinted upon. Playing with pictorial conventions of visibility therefore playing with the possibilities of revealing and concealing – the camouflage. The exhibited works and rather importantly also their exhibition setting thus compose enigmatic, entangled, riddle-like formation. Can it be unravelled?
“The relationship between photography and camouflage foregrounds the issues of revealing and concealing, of surface and essence, of unmediated access to reality and the potential for hiding. In contemporary image saturated and hyper photographed reality, camouflage opens up not only questions of power and surveillance, or their increasing corporatisation and commercialisation, but more and more the right to be unseen, the right to control one’s photographic representation and the (un)ability to resist photographic representation. But this (un)ability is far from being grounded merely in the practical – there is something magical, charm-like in photographic representation as it is in camouflage that draws us to both with unrelenting aesthetical and political power.” (from the call)
Artists: Peter Hermans, Vanja Bučan, Small but dangers, Filip Beránek
Curators: Emina Djukić in Jan Babnik
Production: Membrana Institute
Sponsors and thanks go to: Cankarjev dom and Fotoformat
Peter Hermans (1987). After studying political science, he studies fine art at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, Germany, with prof. Peter Piller. He works in the field of photography, text, video, performance and installation.
Vanja Bučan (1973) studied photography in the Netherlands at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague. In 2008, she received Emzin’s First Prize – Photography of the Year award. She currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
Small but dangers: Mateja Rojc (1977) and Simon Hudolin – Salči (1977) are an art tandem whose works range from photography to installations and performances. They live in Cerkno, Slovenia, and are represented by Gallery P74.
Filip Beránek (1989) studied at Thomaš Bate University in v Zlin, Czech Republic. His work expresses an experimental approach to the medium of photography and a desire for technical perfection. He is a co-founder of gallery Photogather in Zlin.
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