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Slovenian pavilion opening in Venice


The Slovenian pavilion, located at the prestigious Arsenale venue, will feature a 30-minute hybrid of a newsreel and experimental documentary inspired by the refugee crisis and a monograph dedicated to current newsreel practices.

The project, curated by Andreja Hribernik, is entitled Novicam se ne odpovemo! (News Belongs to Us!), while the film is called Obzornik 63 - Vlak senc (Newsreel - Train of Shadows).

The film is the work of multidisciplinary artist Autor, who took the concept of trains, travel and the pursuit of happiness as the point of departure.

She simultaneously uses the form of a newsreel and of an anti-newsreel and film essay as she drifts into a visual investigation of railway travel and its historical, social and political narrative.

Special focus is put on a few seconds-long clip shot last year by refugees travelling between the wheels of a train headed from Belgrade to Ljubljana.

The 57th International Art Exhibition, which officially runs from 13 May to 26 November 2017, will also feature three Slovenian artists at the main exhibition, curated by Christine Macel.

The influential Slovenian avant-garde artist group OHO, which was active in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the group's driving force, sculptor and land healer Marko Pogačnik, and Vadim Fiškin, a Russian-born artist who has been living and working in Slovenia since 1996, will be presented at Viva Arte Viva at the Giardini and the Arsenale venues.

An independent Slovenian pavilion will moreover open in Venice on Thursday. The show, to be opened with a lecture by philosopher Slavoj Žižek, features the NSK State-in-Time project, which stared in 1992 as a formation without physical territory whose nationality is available to anyone willing to accept its founding principles.

According to the project's commissioners, internationally acclaimed Slovenian visual arts collective Irwin, the pavilion will address issues that trouble today's states the most - migration, citizenship, history and identity. The show will also feature a temporary NSK passport office, run by asylum seekers currently stationed in Venice.


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