At the moment there is a design festival BIO50 going on in Ljubljana and there is a lot to see. There are few different locations where you can see exhibited items, but for now I only visited the Dutch Embassy Residence at Koseze in Ljubljana.
I wanted to see this house since it was built, because I’ve seen it on some photos and I though it looked really great. It is very modern, but so classical at the same time. It just fits in the environment, even though most houses around there are totally different.
The items that were exhibited there were mostly furniture and some photos, paintings and everyday objects that were design mostly by Dutch designers. I must say that I loved the couches in the living room and large lounge chairs in the library the most. They are just so cool!
They were so kind they allowed me to take some photos of the exhibition and the building itself. And beside that all the visitors got cookies and tea… It was nice.
So here are the photos that might give you some sort of feeling of space.
This time I am not sure if I can put all my thoughts and feelings into words. It is the first time my photos are exhibited outside Slovenia, which is quite a big thing for me. But to make it even more special, this is not just anywhere, my photos are exhibited in city of Pula, Croatia, which is one of my favourite cities. I’ve been there a few times and it amazes me every single time. It is probably because of such rich history and so many old buildings, statues and ruins from Roman times. I love more or less all the art from that era, but I am a bit obsessed with architecture, so the amphitheatre, the arch, temple and all the other stuff around there is like a dream to me. I was thinking and I imagine Pula a bit as a small Rome. I didn’t have a chance to visit Rome yet, but considering the remains from Roman times, I am guessing it must a bit similar.
Anyway, my photos are exhibited in a main tourist information centre on a forum – yes, this is the same place where it used to be an old Roman forum, now it is the main city square. There is still a small temple from those times, so to have my photos surrounded by so much history and on such an important location is really like a dream to me.
And on top of all, two of eleven churches in my photo series were taken in Pula. When I saw photos on a wall it just felt like they belong here, on a coast of Istria. It just wasn’t the same when they were exhibited in Gorica, Ljubljana or Kamnik, they were too far from the sea side.
So for me, this exhibition is simply a dream combination and I couldn’t be happier!
Also I have to say thanks to Slovenian community in Pula that organized the whole thing and made it possible. I could never do it without them! They really surprised me with their smiles, kindness and professional attitude at the same time. They even made a beautiful brochure and wrote quite a long text about the series. Really, amazing! I wish there would be more people like them… =)
And oh, on top of all, even some people from the local radio came and I had to give a short interview. That was totally unexpected and quite wonderful surprise, even though my speech was probably horrible… We shall see… =D
The exhibition is free and open to public every day until 20th May. You are more than welcome to visit it! =)
So here are some photos from the event and so on. Sorry for these huge watermarks, I have to fix the size soon… =D
Photos on a wall of tourist information centre.
Photos from the other side.
Entry from Forum to the building.
There wasn’t much space so we had to improvise a bit.
I never imagined I’ll get so many compliments!
Ladies from Slovenian community in Pula had a short speech. Thank you!
Panorama from the Forum – the building with arched windows on the right is the tourist information centre.
Nekaj dni nazaj sem pisala o moji delavnici z otroci iz šole 27. Julij v Kamniku. Ponosna sem na njihovo delo in opazila sem, da so tudi sami ponosni na svoje izdelke. Včeraj sem jim na šolo dostavila razvite fotografije in med uokvirjanjem so otroci že začeli skakati naokrog in želeli videti fotografije, tako navdušeni so bili. Očitno niso mogli počakati, da bi videli svoje delo na steni.
Žal se otvoritve danes zjutraj nisem uspela udeležiti, kjer je imel govor celo župan, a bili so tako prijazni, da so z menoj delili naslednjo povezavo. www.kamnik.si
Few days back I wrote about my workshop with kids from school 27. Julij in Kamnik. I am quite proud of their work and as I noticed, they are proud of their work too. Yesterday I delivered printed photos to the school and while we were framing them, kids started to jump around and wanted to see the photos, they were so excited. They obviously couldn’t wait to see their work on a wall.
Sadly I wasn’t able to come to the opening this morning, where even the major had a speech, but they were kind enough to share this link . www.kamnik.si
The day of opening of my photography exhibition is closer and closer. Today we put all the photos on the wall and now we just have to wait for Thursday, 18:00. So if you are in the area, you are more than welcome to join us, otherwise the exhibition will be open until 14. December.
Here are some invitations to the event – my official invitations, local newspaper, local website, event website… I must say, it feels kind of good to see all these invitations. This is the first time my work is so public, so I feel very excited. I don’t know where all this could lead me, but I like it. =)
As I said in my previous blog post, I’ve been very busy lately. One of the things that occupied me the most, was a video project curated by Red Min(e)d group. I was invited to make a video documentation of some events and debates during the first few days after opening of 54th October Salon, a modern art exhibition in Belgrade, Serbia.
At first I was a bit scared, because I always have this feeling that I’m not up to the task, I see what could go wrong, I see so many reasons why I shouldn’t accept the offer and so on. But then I realized that I already did this sort of job for the same group last year and obviously they liked what I did, otherwise they wouldn’t ask me to do this one more time. So yes, I accepted the offer, because I knew this is a great opportunity and also it was quite a big step for me, because this is the first project out of school, that wasn’t in Slovenia. It is one step closer to my dream – have a job that allows you to travel, see new places and meet new people. And that is exactly what it was.
I was in Belgrade for only four days (actually it was more like three full days) and I was very busy most of the time, so I didn’t have much time for sightseeing, but I didn’t mind. I loved the feeling of being in some large city for the first time, seeing new streets and buildings just by passing by while going to the location of exhibition, having contact with local people… But what gave me even more inspiration was meeting all these international artist, just listening to their stories, about their art works and even to actually talk with some of them. It really inspired me and made me want to create more art, to dare more…
So yes, I’m very grateful for this opportunity. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it, because this experience really was priceless.
You can check a playlist of videos I made there.