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P74 Gallery

Into the Real World

4th Short Video Biennial -5 Minutes 2012 and solo exhibition Aside by Pilvi Takala
5 October – 26 October 2012
P74 Gallery, Trg Prekomorskih brigad 1, Ljubljana

Curated by: Silke Opitz
Organised by: Polonca Lovšin

Friday 5 October at 7 p.m., discussion with Pilvi Takala and Silke Opitz, at 8 p.m., the opening.

Wanja Kimani, Utopia, 2012, video still

Tina Helen & Søren Thilo Funder, Waiting Panorama, 2011, video still

For the fourth edition of the Short Video Biennial -5 Minutes we have collaborated with German art historian and curator Silke Opitz, who proposed the theme Into the Real World.

After reviewing the 39 video works that were submitted to the international open call in May and July 2012 the expert jury consisting of Silke Opitz, Jaka Železnikar, and Polonca Lovšin selected two works for presentation: the video Utopia by artist Wanja Kimani and the video Waiting Panorama by tandem Tina Helen and Søren Thilo Funder.

This year’s biennial is connected to the artworks of Finnish artist Pilvi Takala. Her video works and installations are presented in the accompanying solo exhibition Aside. The common characteristic of the video works in the biennial as well as those in the accompanying exhibition is the thin line between reality and fiction.


5 October at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.:
– discussion with artist Pilvi Takala and curator Silke Opitz
– opening of the biennial and of the solo exhibition by Pilvi Takala

16 October at 6 p.m.:
– guided tour of the exhibition, led by Polonca Lovšin
– projections of previous selections of the Short Video Biennial -5 Minutes from 2006, 2008, and 2010

17 October at 6 p.m.:
– projections of previous selections of the Short Video Biennial -5 Minutes from 2006, 2008, and 2010

26 October at 6 p.m.:
– conclusion with a guided tour of the exhibition, led by Polonca Lovšin

Pilvi Takala (1981) is a Finnish artist who lives and works in Amsterdam and Istanbul. She graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2006 (MFA), was artist-in-residence at Rijksakademie, Amsterdam 2009/10 and won the Dutch Prix de Rome Visual Arts 2011. Her solo exhibitions include Künstlerhaus Bremen; Kunsthalle Erfurt, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Turku Art Museum; Kunsthalle Lissabon; SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand (NO); Galerija Miroslav Kraljevic, Zagreb; and Frac des Pays de la Loire, Nantes. Her work has been shown in group shows in New Museum, New York; S.M.A.K., Ghent; Matadero Madrid; EVA International, Limerick; CoCa, Torun (PL); Kunsthalle Basel; De Hallen Haarlem; Wiels, Brussels; 4th Moscow Biennial; Witte de With, Rotterdam; CAC, Vilnius; 4th Bucharest Biennial; Eskilstuna Art Museum (SE); 5th Berlin Biennial; 9th Istanbul Biennial; Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul; and Kunsthalle Helsinki.

Silke Opitz (1970) is an art historian, curator, writer, and lecturer from Germany. She studied art history, German literature, and media at the University of Canterbury and at the Philipps-Universität Marburg where she finished with a Master’s of Arts. In 2000 she received her doctorate from the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. There she was assistant professor from 2002–2008. Since 2001 she works as an independent curator. In that time she has collaborated on a number of international exhibition projects, for example, at Kunsthalle Erfurt and Kunstverein Ludwigsburg and on exhibitions in the USA (New York) and the Netherlands. Since 2012 she is curator of Kunsthalle Erfurt.

Program of the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute is supported by Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, Slovenia and Municipality of Ljubljana.