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P74 Gallery

Tadej Pogačar, Dejan Habicht: HUH, PRE-BREXIT SHOW, Ə /UH/-BOOKS, London, UK

You are cordially invited to the opening of the exhibition HUH, Pre-Brexit Tour by Tadej Pogacar and Dejan Habicht on Tuesday, 25 April 2017 at Ə /UH/-BOOKS project space in London.

The exhibition HUH is a dialogue of Tadej Pogacar and Dejan Habicht, two remarkable artists of same generation. Installation is presenting their current projects: the new newspaper of artist and material of new artist books in progress. The works vary from the initial grasp of the alienation effect, analyses of the subversive nature of formal reading, and delight in language play, through references to models from art and popular culture, to the pure expression of a worldview. This works are concrete, realistic, without drama or voyeurism, recording the scenes of the every day, of the unimportant fragments, overlooked objects and details of daily life. The specific atmosphere of the uneventful directly includes us in the (depicted) shot. They are examining indeterminacy and transformation within social systems, engages in interventionist logic, and critical research on social and political issues. We can talk about subtle deconstruction of the horizon of the everyday, and of the ruthless challenges to the systems that are used to establish and maintain the center, domination, and power.

Tadej Pogačar (1960) is an artist, curator and educator born in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He studied art history, ethnology and fine art at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, and graduated in painting from the Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts, where he also completed his postgraduate studies (1990). Pogačar is the founder and director of the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art, a virtual organization established in 1993. He is also the founder and managing director of the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute (established in 1998), a nonprofit cultural institution that operates the P74 Centre and Gallery and the KAPSULA bookshop/project space. The P74 Gallery is the leading independent gallery for contemporary art in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Pogačar has exhibited widely, most recently at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (2015), Moderna galerija, Ljubljana (retrospective), Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Casa Cavazzini, Udine, Espavisor Gallery, Valencia – with Mladen Stilinović (all 2014), PM Gallery / Ring Gallery, Zagreb (2013), Gallery for Contemporary Art in Leipzig (2012), the ZKM – Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe (2011–2012), as well as at biennials in São Paulo, Venice, Istanbul, Prague, and Tirana, and at Manifesta 1 in Rotterdam. He has also had exhibitions at the San Francisco Art Institute (2007), the Stedelijk Museum (2004), the Central House of Artists in Moscow, and the Museo de Arte Carillo Gil in Mexico City. He has published several artist books: Home Stories (1999), Tales of Two Cities (2000), CODE:RED (Onestar Press, Paris, 2004), Twenty Palm Trees of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (2009), Twenty-Eight Cakes (2009), P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Public Sculpture (2010), Various (Small) Pieces of Trash (2010), Tito times Thirty (naked) (2010), OHO Reunion (4 performances and some razor blades), and Eight Tanks (and some blank pages) of Brasil (forthcoming).

Dejan Habicht (1960) is a photographer, conceptual artist, and writer. He studied philosophy and ethnology at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana (1978–1984) and received his diploma in ethnology (1984). From 1987 to 2000 he worked as a freelance photographer; since 2002 he has been a photographer at the Moderna galerija in Ljubljana.
Habicht exhibited widely, most recently at the Gagosian, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles (2016), P74 Gallery (2015), Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana, Cabinet Du Livre D’Artiste, Universite Rennes, Gagosian Gallery, Paris (all 2015), Museum Brandhorst, Munchen, Germany, Gagosian Gallery, New York, Collegium Artisticum, Sarajevo, BIH (all 2013), Gallery Third Belgrade, Serbia, Trieste Contemporanea, Trieste, Italy, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, International Centre of Graphic Arts (MGLC), Ljubljana (all 2012),
His writings and photographs have been published, among other places, in the magazines Ambient Jana, Ars vivendi, Fotografija, Hiše, Oris (Zagreb), Revolver (Frankfurt am Main), and Tribuna. He is also active in the medium of the artist book, in which he has published a number of works in recent years, including 12 Boring Poems, One Gasoline Station, Please, American Bar, Woodcuts, Final Bus Stops, and Twentysix Stages of Erection.

Exhibition is organised in collaboration with P74 Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia and supported by Ministry of Culture of Republic of Slovenia and Municipality of Ljubljana.