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P74 Gallery

Nevena Aleksovski: Infinite scroll

11 – 31 January 2018
KAPSULA, Trg Prekomorskih brigad 1, Ljubljana

You are kindly invited to the opening of the exhibition by Nevena Aleksovski, “Infinite scroll” at KAPSULA, on Thursday, 11 January 2017 at 7 p.m.

Curator: Nina Skumavc

Infinite scroll is a spatial intervention and the first solo presentation of Nevena Aleksovski at KAPSULA gallery. The source of the material behind her expression can be found in intimate everyday experience, the images and the overall intervention serve as commentaries on different societal and social mechanisms and their conditions and embeddedness within them. Joining the drawings are paintings and for the first time also objects. In conjunction with the opening of the exhibition, the artist will be launching a new fanzine.

Nevena Aleksovski begins to build up the installation on a painted wall. In doing so, she limits her space of creativity. On the wall, she places paintings and drawings that have been created on various backgrounds, in diverse techniques, even charcoal marks that she scribbles directly on the wall. The images are simplified, the motifs clearly readable, the formal solutions minimalist. Flat shapes and angular lines prevail. We recognize plants, fruits, human body parts, a female figure, genres such as portraits, landscapes and still life – genres that have traditionally been assigned to women. The mood on the works often brings a feeling of anxiety, isolation, melancholy. The artist reaches the latter through the partitioning of the works in the installation and through the undefined, empty space in which the motifs levitate. Paper cut-outs have the effect of being an additional gaping hole that engulfs the images. We often see pairs in the images – a pair of shoes, two faces, two trees – which give an alienating effect. We can understand the explicit nudity of the figures as an emphasis on gender and at the same time as a complete disclosing of the captured mental states. Even though there are minor differences among the female figures, we can understand them as universally female and simultaneously as self-portraits that point to an active subject and not a passive observer. As a woman, as an artist, and also as an immigrant, Nevena deals with different roles and identities, through which she regularly passes through and which dictate her everyday life. Her style of drawing and painting reminds us of the designing of symbols. The images include the basic strokes to identify a motif, making them somewhat universal and easily recognizable – precisely for this reason one initially has a feeling of closeness.

Nevena Aleksovski’s images and installation are like a rebus with numerous possible solutions that trigger an unending game of associations and a distance which contributes to a unease towards the works themselves. The viewer constantly remains somewhere in-between the motifs and the intimate stories behind them that are never entirely revealed.

Nevena Aleksovski (1984, Serbia) received her B.A. in painting at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad in 2008 and her M.A. in cultural studies from the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ljubljana. She is active in the fields of illustration, drawing, painting and zines. For her artistic zine she received the main award within the international competition ZINE VITRINE dvatwozwei (DobraVaga / Kino Šiška). She has presented her work on many solo and group exhibitions in Slovenia, Serbia, Germany and Croatia. In recent years she has participated in group exhibitions in Ljubljana such as Zines! Contemporary Zine Production at MGLC, Something’s Written at Vodnikova domačija Gallery, JOŽE at Plečnik House; What’s Yours, Nothings Yours! at Alkatraz Gallery, something ending, something beginning at Ravnikar Gallery. She also participated in the project AppointMENT within the MENT Festival (Kino Šiška, DobraVaga) with the illustration of a music poster. In 2017 she took part in the international festival of illustrations 36 Mountains in Zagreb and the Independent Biennial at Kino Šiška. She illustrated the poetry collection Ljubica Rolanda Barthesa [Roland Barthes’s Mistress] by poet Ana Makuc, winner of the 2016 Veronika Award. Nevena also teaches at Škuc and Alkatraz galleries in the framework of various cultural education project for children and youth. She lives and works in Ljubljana.