Slovenian Pavilion – 55th Biennale di Venezia. June 1st – November 24th 2013
Artist: Jasmina Cibic
Exhibition title: For our Economy and Culture
Curator: Tevž Logar
Venue: Galleria A+A, Slovenian Exhibition Centre, San Marco, Calle Malipiero 3073, (next to Palazzo Grassi)
1 June – 24 November 2013
Preview days: 29, 30 and 31 May 2013
Cibic's presentation for the Slovenian Pavilion, For our Economy and Culture, continues her interests and methodologies and takes the curatorial directive of the 55th International Art Exhibition ‐ la Biennale di Venezia: The Encyclopedic Palace as a starting point to further explore systems and hierarchies of knowledge and presentation.
Using the architectural specificity of the Slovenian Pavilion, a repurposed private residence, and referencing state architectural strategies, Cibic will create an immersive multi-media installation that appropriates the entire space and explores issues around national representation and framing.
Into this context, Cibic places a variety of elements, which further examine modes of exchange, reception and constructions of identity. These include two films, shot on official state locations, which underwent numerous redesigns concurrent with national cultural and political imperatives. The films present philosophical and architectural theories of purpose, form, function and aesthetic priorities through, in one, a staged interview between a (male) architect and (female) journalist, and in the other, a recreation of a 1957 parliamentary debate set up to decide which artworks might be suitable (i.e. nationally representative enough) to ‘decorate’ the newly built People’s Assembly. In each film, the re-imagining and recontextualising of such issues, dramatizes not only the power paradigms inherent in systems of authority, but also the explicit contradictions present in the transmutation of a national identity from past to present, place to place