The Slovenia Times

Laibach at the Ljubljana Castle



The exhibition, Laibach focus, which will be open until November 7th, will introduce the works of 14 Slovenian photographers, who have documented both the concerts and private lives of the notorious group, from their emergence in the 80's until the present. A part of the exhibition will also be held in the Photon Gallery, which has organized the entire event. The photographs were contributed by Bozidar Dolenc, Matej Druznik, Vojko Flegar, Diego Gomez, Igor Modic, Janez Peljko, Saso Podgorsek, Aleksander Remec, Bojan Salaj, Ales Serajnik, Joze Suhadolnik, Igor Skafar, Jane Stravs and Antonio Zivkovic. After Ljubljana, this exhibition will go on tour to European and American galleries. For some, Laibach represents one of the most authentic and original Slovenian contributions to music, especially their performances. Their concerts can be viewed as an analysis of totalitarianism, which Laibach claims is the basis of all human behaviour and organisations. Laibach was an important part of NSK - Neue Slowenishe Kunst, which was an avant-garde movement from the 80's that promoted the so-called new collectivism. Even though they appeared in the context of punk they were often connected to Nazism due their characteristic artistic expression. Laibach concerts are structured to resemble mass rallies and they use a mixture of totalitarian symbols - from Nazi and Communist to NATO and hyper-consumerist, to stimulate Gestalt psychological responses. In this way they have remained provocative and fresh. Laibach's "best of" collection, Anthems, has just been released by Mute records.


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