opening: 16. December 2015 @ 20:00
Schillerpromenade 4, 12049 Berlin
till: 23. December
open every day 14-20, closed on Monday
Eva Lucija Kozak’s and Adrijan Praznik’s exhibition Dezemberausstellung faces two very different art practices that together form an interesting comment about contemporary society. The artists are from Ljubljana, Slovenia. Currently they are involved in an artist-in-residence program of the Slovene Ministry of Culture run in Berlin.
Eva Lucija Kozak’s work is focused on an individual and his/hers identity changes. She discusses personal relationships in contemporary society especially the feelings of inadequacy, incompetence and alienation. Her works act as comments and consequences of critical recognition of social phenomena which are intensified and summarized in a kind of structured abstract. At the Dezemberausstellung Eva Lucija Kozak faces the viewer with various scenes of imaginary relationship that has no active other as well as she discusses the influence of instructions and recommendations about private decisions. Desire for personal contact, its development and the inability to establish interpersonal relationships link contradictions of narcissism, individualism and cooperation.
Praznik’s video installation One Size Fits All addresses the carrying role of institutional systems that are being taken over by corporate entities, increasingly able to control our everyday realities, perpetuating the existing relations of power. The corporate networks allow the accumulation of power by establishing relationships of inequality through the bureaucratic mechanisms upon which the individual is becoming increasingly dependent. The artist sees it like this: „In the so-called developed world, we no longer fight our battles in the fields. Our fights are taking place within institutions (in shopping malls, banks, health-care centres, etc.).“ One Size Fits All highlight the rise of various forms of violence as a symptom of contemporary society.
Eva Lucija Kozak (1989) lives and works in Ljubljana. She graduated in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design of the University of Ljubljana in 2013, she studied at the Winchester School of Art in the United Kingdom as well. She was nominated for ESSL Art Award and StartPoint 2013. Her works have been presented at several solo and group exhibitions in Slovenia and abroad.
Adrijan Praznik (1988) lives and works in Ljubljana. In 2008 he was accepted into the painting programme at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design of the University of Ljubljana. He has presented his work at numerous group and solo exhibitions in Slovenia and abroad. He received an award from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design for outstanding artistic achievements in the academic year 2011/2012. He regularly illustrates for newspaper Tribuna and publishes his works in many other publications.
Currently both artists are also showing paintings at the Botschaft der Republik Slowenien in Berlin, Hausvogteiplatz 3-4, 10117 Berlin