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Collaboration – exhibition of students from Academy of Fine Arts and Design Ljubljana

20 June 2018 > 02 July 2018 Kindly invited to the exhibition opening of students of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (ALOU), entitled 'Collaboration', on Wednesday, 20 June 2018, at 8pm, in Alkatraz Gallery, AKC Metelkova mesto. Kindly invited also to the guided tour of the exhibition on Monday, 2nd July at 7 pm (in Slovene).

Participating artists: Lea Culetto, Doroteja Erhatič, Tisa Neža Herlec, Dalea Kovačec, Lene Lekše, Urša Prek, Rebecca Reja, Hana Šebalj, Monika Slemc, Nejc Trampuž & Luka Prijatelj & rouge-ah.

Alkatraz Galley and the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana, are starting with a new programme of continual cooperation. The aim of the project is to expose supporting programmes, which encourage a successful entry into the artistic system, and will lead to easier networking with the key actors in it.

Thus the title of the first exhibition, Collaboration. With the title, we want to show a collective element of the formation of the process itself (co-) and emphasize the active factor of its dynamics (-labour-) as well as the importance of the design of the programme: pointing out the mechanism that will contribute to successful inclusion of artists into the artistic system. Our purpose is also to present our role in the process, that is, the investment of our endeavour into students in the area of infrastructural support and support with the realisation and presentation of their projects here and elsewhere.

This is a research project in which we will, together with professional co-workers, follow individual young artists and their artistic development, and form long-term cooperation with some of them. The goal of the project, which will be executed every year, is to empower artists in various ways. We intend to enable the artists to develop their production and its representation in Alkatraz Gallery, and execute long-term post-production in cooperation with other gallery spaces at home and abroad.

The collaboration process began with the presentation of the project to the students and with the establishment of a dialogue about the development of the project itself. The following meeting with the students on the premises of Alkatraz Gallery was devised as collective conceptualisation of the programme Empowerment of young artists. Starting points of the conversation developed into the direction of contemplating contents, presentation and mechanisms of selection, which would not be based on limitation, but rather strive towards opening possibilities and building inclusive cooperation.

This year, Alkatraz Gallery and the students were thinking about the format of group exhibition, in which the selection of works that were exhibited at the final exhibition of ALUO students or works that were developed individually, outside of study processes, will be presented.

At the first exhibition as a part of the programme, we will present works of various young artists, which offer a wide selection of motifs and ways of thinking about art, and show diversity in approaches being developed by ALOU students. After the end of the exhibition, Alkatraz Gallery will chose one or two artists with whom it will establish collaboration for a lengthy period of time.

Lea Culetto (1995, Trbovlje) enrolled in the painting course of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana after graduating (2013) at secondary school Gimnazija Celje - Center (art department). On 16th September 2016 she graduated with a thesis Woman and fragments of fashion industry. She has participated in various group exhibitions in Ljubljana and abroad. Lea Culetto is currently in the second year of the postgraduate studies at Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana.

Doroteja Erhatič (1990, Ptuj) works in the field of sculpture, painting and conservation-restoration of cultural heritage. In 2012 she completed restoration studies at ALUO under the mentorship of Jurij Smole. In 2017 she continued her master's degree in sculpture with mentor Alen Ožbolt. Her works are reflecting the research through dissonance with a society which she finds herself in and are describing her own position in time and space. She uses materials that carry the faded stories of their original states and functions, and transforms and questions them in her own way.

Tisa Neža Herlec (1996) is a bachelor student of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana under menthorship of Žiga Kariž. She studied in France at ENSA Dijon in 2017/18. She exhibited her works at many group exhibitions and had three solo exhibitions in the past four years. She works also with sound and performance as well as actively engages in Modri kot space at the Autonomous Factory Rog. She is a City Municipality of Ljubljana scholarship holder.

Dalea Kovačec (1993, Ptuj) is finishing MA in painting at the Academy of fine arts and design Ljubljana where she graduated with a bachelor thesis Prikrojeni spomini (2016). In her undergraduate studies, she attended a student exchange at the Academy of fine arts in Warsaw. For a series of works in different mediums, made in the first year of MA studies (2016/2017), she received the Award of University of Ljubljana, ALUO. She is intrigued by human perception, specifically she works with the topic of memory, how and why memory changes. She is a visual artist, working in different mediums. She exhibited in numerous galleries in Slovenia (Škuc, GalerijaGGallery, Equrna, MediaNox, ArtKit KIbla, Dobra Vaga…) and abroad (Poland, Belgium).

Lene Lekše (1995, Ljubljana) is finishing her BA in sculpture at ALUO in Ljubljana. In 2016 she took part in exhibition ALUO LXX. Past, The present, Future at Gallery Jakopič. During her Erasmus exchange she studied at the Academy Minerva in Groningen, Netherlands for one year. She exhibited in a group project Minerva’s Next – Storage Wizard at Corridor Project Space and at Kunst huis SYB. During Maydays festival she exhibited at Vrijdag Gallery in Groningen as part of a group show When the camp is in the dining room. She exhibited her work at Student Biennale in Osijek last year and at Festival DA! in Zagreb. She received two ALUO awards and is a City Municipality of Ljubljana scholarship holder.

Urša Prek (Ljubljana, 1993) lives in Ljubljana, where she studies and works in the field of fine arts. After she graduated in High school for photography and design, she continued her education on the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, painting course. In the academic year of 2014/15 she enrolled in the Erasmus+ programme, during which she finished one semester in the Faculty of Fine Arts (Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto) in Porto, Portugal. In 2016 she received her Bachelor’s degree in the field of painting and pursued her studies on the Master’s degree, painting course.

Rebecca Reja (1995, Koper) is an undergraduate student of Academy for Fine Arts and Design (ALUO) in Ljubljana. She had her first solo exhibition in Art Hotel (Ljubljana) in 2016. Her work was also part of a group exhibition at Layer’s house in Kranj, under the name Gallery 7: 069: PILOT episode in 2018.

Monika Slemc (1994, Kranj) graduated in the Secondary School of Design and Photography in Ljubljana and after enrolled it the Academy of Fine Arts (painting course), where she graduated  in 2017 under menthorship of Zmago Lenárdič.  She now continues MA studies at the same institution. Slemc works in painting and sculpture. The main point of her artistic creation is an attempt to focus artistic view using techniques like: raster, glitch, 3D effect and selective work process. The image in her art never subordinates to the viewer and is constantly evading hers_his attention that is why s_he eventually loses control of it.

Hana Šebalj (1994, Postojna) graduated at the Secondary School of Design and Photography in Ljubljana and then started studying painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, which she finished in 2017. Despite studying painting, she has been working mainly in the field of photography during the last three years. In a world where photography becomes more and more accessible and banal, she questions its social meaning and universal use. She uses analogue photographs, that do not allow a lot of experiments during photography making, but at the same time open door to experimenting with the media itself in the process of making the camera, developing films, photographs and possible subsequent re-creation.

Nejc Trampuž (1993) is a photographer and visual artist, who is dedicated to experimentation with photographic medium and therefore often crosses the borders of the medium itself. He thematises the situation of nowdays society, addicted on technology and consumption, often pointing out the big impact that our behaviour has on nature. Trampuž finished BA in photography and he is finishing his MA also in photography at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. He participated in many exhibitions, including the solo exhibition within the project of Peter Rauch: Pavilion in Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova and group exhibition Futurology in City Gallery of Nova Gorica.  Luka Prijatelj (1988) has finished BA in Graphic and Media Technology on Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering. After that he focused on researching photographic medium in wider meaning of the term. At the moment he is finishing MA in Photography at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana.









 











Rebecca Reja, Lost Connections, video, 2018 Doroteja Erhatič, The Essence, spatial installation, 2018 Lea Culetto: "1,99 g Too Much", body hair, plastic container, wooden shelf, 2017 Dalea Kovačec: "False Memory Game", artist's multiple: paper, forex, digital print, 2018 Urša Prek: "Daddyland", spatial installation (two videos, objects, paintings). 2018 Lene Lekše: "Viewpoint", installation, video, 2018 Hana Šebalj: "Untitled", photography made by DIY photographic camera in a beer can, 2018 Monika Slemc: "Untitled", acrylics on canvas, 3D glasses, 2018 (detail) Tisa Neža Herlec: "Balance", instalation, 2018 (detail) Nejc Trampuž & Luka Prijatelj (sound by: rouge-ah): "Step by Step", video, 2018