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P74 Gallery

Lenka Đorojević & Matej Stupica: Free fall

4 – 25 November 2016
P74 Gallery, Trg Prekomorskih brigad 1, Ljubljana

You are cordially invited to the opening of the exhibition “Free fall” by Lenka Đorojević and Matej Stupica on Friday, 4 November 2016 at 19.00 at the P74 Gallery in Ljubljana.

Lenka Đorojević, Matej Stupica, Prosti pad

Free fall is a spatial installation that plays with gravity and the perception of space to uncloak the absurd and dystopian nature of our everyday life in contemporary times. Comprised of a spatial intervention and a video performance, as material for its set up, it utilizes the gallery space itself, transforming its elements to create a new whole.

Free fall is not only a metaphor for a complete, dangerous level of freedom, but also a reminder of the state of mind in which time and space no longer exist. With the help of technology, we have liberated all determinants – from natural and physical conditions, through social structures and ideologies, all the way to our wretched and helpless bodies. Emancipation has led to the condensing of space on the level of a global village and the compressing of time into an endless moment. And precisely this moment beyond time and space is the moment of Free fall.

The crisis of identity and the search for meaning in the futile consumerism has created a dystopia of political and economic impotence, of ignored environmental problems and of the colonialization of the public from the side of the private. Đorojević and Stupica reveal the total disjointedness and artificiality of contemporary life as a defiance of gravity, or as life under constant stress and tension in a world that we have turned upside down.

Bojan Stefanović

Lenka Đorojević (1982, Nikšić, Montenegro) explores in her work the relationship between contemporary theory and philosophical theses in relation to various forms of mediated visuality. She graduated in 2008 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, then continued her studies at the International Summer Academy in Salzburg. In 2013, she completed her master’s degree at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana. She has completed the two-year school for curators and critics of contemporary art, World of Arts at the Center for Contemporary Arts SCCA-Ljubljana. She is a member of the editorial team for Culture and Humanities at Radio Študent and co-founder of the Association for Sound and Visual Art OFFTIR.
She lives and works in Ljubljana.

Matej Stupica (1987, Ljubljana) works in the field of visual arts and multimedia installations. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana (2014). In the academic year 2010/2011 in the framework of a three-month student exchange program he studied at the Academy VŠUP in Prague in the painting studio of Jiří Černický. He has participated in solo and group projects, interventions and exhibitions at home and abroad. Since 2006, his illustrations have been published in the Saturday supplement Objektiv of the daily newspaper Dnevnik. His illustrations were exhibited at the 8th and 11th Slovenian Biennial of Illustration, where he was awarded the Hinko Smrekar Recognition and a special mention of the jury for newspaper illustration. In 2009, for his work in the field of visual arts, he received the Award of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design for special artistic achievements; in 2011, he received the Student Prešeren Award for painting.
He lives and works in Ljubljana.

Alongside their individual creative projects, Lenka Đorojević and Matej Stupica have been working together since 2012. They received the OHO Group Award 2015 for their installation Monomat.

Production: P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute
Concept and execution: Lenka Đorojević and Matej Stupica
Performers: Katarina Stegnar and Primož Bezjak
Camera and editing: Marko Cvejić
Lighting and technical support (video): Martin Lovšin Schintr
Video post-production: Jure Lavrin
Sound: Luka Cvetko

Free fall was produced in cooperation with :
Glej Theatre, Strip Core, Slovene Mladinsko Theatre, Mandragora film

Special thanks to: Miha Zupan, Sandi Mikluž, Katerina Mirović, Martin Lovšin Schintr, Slavica Janošević, Borut Bučinel, Blaž Božič, Jaka Berger, Uroš Veber, Barbara Poček, Igor Remeta

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The program of P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Insitute is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Department for Culture of the Municipality of Ljubljana,.
P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute is a member of ASOCIACIJA – Association of Arts and Culture NGOs and Freelancers.