Cibic was in conversation with curator, Tevž Logar to discuss her presentation for Slovenia. She revealed key elements of her specially conceived installation at the Slovenian Pavilion, which include two new films that dramatize the power paradigms inherent in systems of authority. One stages an imagined conversation between former Yugoslav state architect, Vinko Glanz and a young female journalist around strategies of state architecture; the other is a word-for-word reconstruction of a 1957 parliamentary debate held to discuss the appropriateness of artworks proposed for the newly built People’s Assembly.
Cibic and Logar began by defining key imperatives of her practice and showed how her long found interest in staging performative interventions that explore strategies around representation, context and reception have been manifested in this project. Cibic further talked about the importance of architectural frameworks in producing meaning, what it means as an artist to be invited to represent your country at an event like the Venice Biennale, and her continuing interest in soft power.
She also gave away signed limited edition samples of a specially conceived wallpaper covered in images of a rare Slovenian beetle with the somewhat ideologically charged moniker of Anophthalmus Hitleri. Named after the Führer in 1933 by ‘fan’, Slovenian based, German collector Oscar Scheibel the Hitleri, unsurprisingly, failed to be adopted as a national mascot, despite the interest in Slovenian cave animals, especially ones as rare as this. It has now been almost completely exorcised and is on the danger of extinction, especially as it is much sought after by Hitler memorabilia collectors and fetches a small fortune on the black market.
The event was introduced by Calvert artistic director, Lina Džuverović in the presence of Pavilion commissioner, Blaz Persin, representatives from the Slovenian Embassy and an audience of arts professionals, academics, select media, friends and supporters.
For our Economy and Culture opens at The Slovenian Pavilion, 55th Venice Beinnale, on the 1 June and runs until the 24 November, 2013.
Previews by invitation from 29 – 31 May, with a special opening reception and performance on the 30 May
For further information, please visit slovenianpavilion.net