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Loup Abramovici, Tomaž Grom, Teja Reba, Špela Trošt: Self-portrait

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photo: archive of authors
Installation in the public space
Work of the opus Let’s Work! (2022–2023) by Loup Abramovici, Tomaž Grom, Teja Reba, Špela Trošt

Authors: Loup Abramovici, Tomaž Grom, Teja Reba, Špela Trošt

Production: Teja Reba
Coproduction: Zavod Sploh
Partner: Moderna galerija
Financial support: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia


29. 1. 2023, Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova
19.11.2022, Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova

Self-Portrait, precariously positioned between inside and outside, questions where art is at work, and, at the same time, announces its own position as something in-between: the installation being the inauguration of a larger project the chapters of which take place in locations other than the museum. Self-Portrait is displaced in space and time, and as such evades an immediate conclusion or goal, satisfaction or understanding. Nevertheless, in its concreteness, it invites us to see another exhibition, Art at Work, in order to get to know artists who, like us, think about work and thus recognize the collective to which we belong and which belongs to us.

The installation intervenes in the movement on the museum square. It is necessary to react to the new organization of movement in the public space, by making a different decision, by paying attention, or observing the situation. Some will step into/on the artwork, others will add to the work as they pass, possibly stopping or making deviations around it. Thus each reader/viewer/connoisseur/ consumer of art completes it, interprets it.

The intervention in the public space acts as both incision and invitation, exposing both the potentiality and the emptiness of the artistic gesture. It alludes to the absence of an audience and the wider problem of disinterest in (contemporary) art in Slovenia, which may be the result of misguided public policies or simply of the smallness and provinciality of the country.

So who then is depicted in this Self-Portrait?


Let’s Work! (20222023) deals with the problem of work. It invites us, through various artistic situations set in specific environments, to reflect on the meaning and value of work, the ways in which we experience work in everyday life, and how art is at work. In the first chapter (2022), artworks are contextualized in locations that play a constructive role in society in terms of the formulation of labor policies, and more specifically the formulation of strategies in the field of cultural labor, in public services that respond to labor problems, in institutions that educate the upcoming workforce, and in spaces that play a role in contemporary art practices. The spatial and temporal positioning of works for (re)viewing by both institutional staff and invited and casual visitors aims to widen the field of visibility of the artwork and its reception. In the second chapter (2023), the artworks will be presented in their entirety in exhibition and performance formats.

2.12.2023

Teja Reba, Špela Trošt: Praznik dela, Celjski dom ob 19:30

Teja Reba, Špela Trošt: Praznik dela
02. 12. 2023, Celjski dom ob 19:30

Zakaj delaš?

1.     Ne morem, ne da bi delal. Zame je to zaveza, ki je ne narekuje racionalnost, ampak instinkt in notranja potreba.
2.     Delam, da bi preživel.
3.     Da bi našla lepoto.
4.     Delam, ker moram vzdrževati ta sistem, da bi lahko preživel v družbi, v kateri živim. Sicer bi me imeli za norca, bedaka, me strpali v norišnico za vse življenje na stroške so-državljanov, so-bratov, ki plačujejo veliko davkov, da bi me vzdrževali v psihiatrični bolnišnici.
5.     Ker moram živeti.
6.     Ne delam, sem slikar.
7.     Ker sem v sistemu, iz katerega ne morem.
8.     Ker mi je všeč, kar delam.
9.     Mislim, da je bistvo dela, da prispevamo k družbi.

Zasnova in vodstvo:
Teja Reba in Špela Trošt
Soavtorji:
Loup Abramovici, Mateja Bučar, Matjaž Farič, Tomaž Grom, Katja Legin, Lana Zdravković
Nastopajo:
Loup Abramovici, Dimitra Alfirević Srhoj, Mary Anne Blanche, Vesna Godler, Tomaž Grom, Katja Legin, Liana Kalčina, Marjeta Kamnikar, Svarun Košir, Čarna Košir, Marija Pantić, Kalvin Radivojević, Bela Reba Abramovici, Pika Redžić, Špela Trošt, Iva Vidmar, Lana Zdravković

Oblikovanje svetlobe: Špela Škulj
Oblikovanje zvoka: Tomaž Grom
Izbor glasbe: Matjaž Farič, Katja Legin, Tomaž Grom, Lana Zdravković
Naslovna fotografija: Marcandrea
Tehnična ekipa: Igor Remeta, Andrej Petrovčič, Duško Pušica, Manca Vukelič, Vid Starman
Čistilki: Marjeta Pogačnik, Darinka Županec Ivanovski

Produkcija: Teja Reba
Koprodukcija: Zavod Sploh
Partnerji: Zavod Bunker, Ljubljana, Zavod En-Knap, DUM – Društvo umetnikov, MG+MSUM, Associazione Culturale YANVII

Finančna podpora: Ministrstvo za kulturo RS, Mestna občina Ljubljana

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