Photo: P74 Gallery Archive
The exhibition of the nominees
17 – 27 May 2021
We are approaching the final part of this year’s OHO Award competition, an exhibition of nominees. On Friday, 14 May 2021, the expert jury will meet for the second time and select the winner. The exhibition of nominees will be on view from Monday, 17 May, to 27 May 2021.
Nominees: Jošt Franko, Dalea Kovačec, Lene Lekše, Neja Tomšič
The recepient of this year’s OHO Award is Lene Lekše.
The OHO Award is the central national award for young visual artists, established in 2005 by the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute. The award is part of the Young Visual Artist Award international network, which brings together NGOs from Central and Eastern Europe. Our New York residency is organised in cooperation with the American partners, Trust for Mutual Understanding New York and Residency Unlimited New York, the latter being the coordinator of the accommodation and creative work of artists in the USA. The award winner’s two-month art residency in New York is followed by a solo presentation at the P74 Gallery in Ljubljana.
Jošt Franko (r. 1993) is a visual artist and a photographer. His work focuses on the overlooked and hidden social issues he addresses through interdisciplinary projects. His practice is based on the media of photography, video, installation, collage, and text. He holds a master’s degree from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Dalea Kovačec (r. 1993) is completing her master’s degree in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, where she also graduated in 2016. In 2018, she received the University of Ljubljana Award. She has participated in several group and solo exhibitions in Slovenia and abroad.
Lene Lekše (r. 1995) graduated in sculpture in 2018 at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, where she is completing her master’s degree. As part of a study exchange, she also studied at the Minerva Academy in Groningen and in Tallinn at the EKA Academy of Arts. She has participated in several group and solo exhibitions in Tallinn, Ljubljana, Celje, Novo mesto. She is a recipient of two awards of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design and holds a scholarship given by the City of Ljubljana.
Neja Tomšič (r. 1982) is a visual artist and a poet who lives and works in Ljubljana. After finishing her painting studies at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, she presented her works in several solo and group exhibitions. She studied for a doctorate at the Faculty of Humanities in Koper, where she researched the role of documentary film in contemporary art.