Nik Erik Neubauer

Thursday 10 September 2020 at 7 pm, DobraVaga (Until 06/10/)
ZINE VITRINE | Nik Erik Neubauer: You Should Go to Ms. Phranca!

Photographer Nik Erik finds the times we are living in interesting, but also somewhat strange. His exhibition warns that regardless of the situation we are in, we should never forget our friends, as we can never know when we will need them to save our ass. 

Nik Erik Neubauer is a documentary photographer from Ljubljana. He is currently enrolled in the M.A. programme of Photography at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design. He has received awards at numerous international competitions, including Brussels Street Photography Festival, Balkan Photo Awards and Rovinj Photodays. He was also selected for a masterclass in documentary photography by the NOOR and VII agencies.

Ajda Kadunc

Thursday 3 September 2020 at 7 pm, DobraVaga (Until 05/10/)
ARTIST PER MONTH | Ajda Kadunc: Never nothing

The series of works is being created during a time of information overload and questions the established real and right, celebrating (non)sense. The artist addresses a piece as a condition that is activated through associations or the instantaneous response to the direct information she receives. In doing so, “mistakes” occur – situations that create an uneasy atmosphere, which is simultaneously extremely comfortable and liberated of meaning. Through strange, fragmented forms and textures, interruptions, repetition, ambiguity, fluidity, coincidence, nonsense, confusion, clumsiness and automatism, she seeks the moment of disturbance and works with what is.

Ajda Kadunc (1995) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana in 2018 and is currently enrolled in the M.A. programme of Painting there. In the beginning of 2020, she attended a study exchange at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. She draws her artistic processes from direct living circumstances, and is interested in coincidence, fluidity, absurdity, uncertainty, and overthrowing the constructed reality and normality. She views work as a certain condition, most often activated through the pressure of success or failure.

Tuesday 30 June 2020, DobraVaga (until 5/9/ -> extended through 23/9/
DobraVaga Gallery 4th anniversary group exhibition

Together with the Riso Paradiso family, we invited 15 Slovenia-based artists to outline and record one or more starting points relating to the term “position” (for example, positions in work, society, living surroundings and artwork), using the Riso print technique, to mark the 4th anniversary of the DobraVaga Gallery.

We selected the term “position” as the thematic starting point during the period of initial measures and changed circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which have reshaped our positions and standpoints. In the current conditions, we began wandering around nature more, cycling at protests, reflecting on our own consumption of certain goods, experiencing empty cities, socialising even more on social networks and video calls, perhaps experiencing loneliness, realising the need for human touch, working in different circumstances or being left without projects, thinking about and developing alternative forms of cultural events, and doing, discovering, contemplating much more.

The new conditions provide us with a different perspective and starting point for the future, driving us to discover alternative spaces, principles, roles in the field of culture, economy, politics, labour, public and private life.

At DobraVaga, the term “position” is especially near to our hearts, as it can also refer to the structure of a visual work, the positions and artistic structure of images, the composition and placement of the elements that make up the story/content. Alongside the limited colour palette of the Riso technique, the project aims to initiate reflection on the artistic construction of the resulting artwork.

Artists: Sara Bezovšek, Jure Brglez, Tjaša Cizej, Jaka Juhant, Simon Kocjančič, Tatjana Kotnik, Gašper Kunšič, Lo Milo, Iza Pavlina, Tereza Prepadnik, Lucija Rosc, Žiga Roš, Helena Tahir, Jaka Vatovec, Tadej Vaukman

Curators: Anja Zver and Ajda Ana Kocutar

Graphic design of the exhibition: Matjaž Komel