Lighting Guerrilla: MEMORIES


more locations, Ljubljana
17. May–17. June 2017
OPENING: Wednseday, 17. May at 21.30

The eleventh edition of the Lighting Guerrilla festival is focused on the topic of Memories. The content of this edition highlights the meaning and role of memory as manifested both on the level of a individual’s subjective experience and on the broader societal level. Remembering is an inherent human characteristic: by means of remembrance, an individual gives meaning and conceptualizes their past experiences, and at the same time often substantiates its present time and even future. Remembrance helps the man build its own individuality and define its place in the world. The modern man lives surrounded by its stored memory: many tools, such as books and internet, as well as some institutions, serve as storage for the memories of past times and experiences. In spite of that, memory is still something fragile and ephemeral, which is why it’s often subject to manipulation.

The program of the festival features a series of projects that explore and discover different aspects of memory and remembrance. The contributing artists draw inspiration from the technical, artistic and cultural heritage or venture on a journey of discovery of their past, with which they often question their identity as well. Looking back to the past presupposes a category of time that’s passed, but at the same time it opens up the way into future, elucidating different dimensions of time and space. The category of memory in the contemporary visual language manifests itself as a demanding, but nearly inexhaustible and more than telling subject which is able to arouse both emotions and imagination.

This year’s edition consists of two parts: the majority of festival projects will take place as before: in the Vžigalica gallery and in the outdoors around the gallery, while a second series of projects will be displayed in the former Cukrarna Palace building on Ambrožev trg (Ambrož square). We cooperate this year, as well, with the established set of faculties, academies and schools in Ljubljana whose young artists deal with their own verbalization of memory layers. The series of installations in spring in the city centre will be followed by a smaller series of installations in autumn. At the time of the international symposium Lux Evropa the events will be transferred to the Svetlobni park (Lighting park) along Gradaščica in Trnovo, where Aleksandra Stratimirović is preparing a new permanent installation, along with some other installations created by the students of the Faculties of architecture and of electrotechnics in Ljubljana.

AUTHORS: Ralf Westerhof (NL), Ian Burns (AU/US), Luka Savić, Borut Bučinel & Miha Zupan, Andrej Štular, Matej Andraž Vogrinčič, Davor Sanvincenti (HR), Milosh (PL/FR) & Patrick Vidal (FR), High School of design and photography Ljubljana, Laurenz Thiernert (DE), Dominik Mahnič, Ana Brumat & Tim Winkler, Jakub Nepraš (CZ), Stéphane Masson (FR), Academy of Fine Arts and Design Ljubljana, Bildwerk & MO:YA Visuals (AT), Viktor Popović (HR), Jani Pirnat, Vollrad Kutscher (DE), RogLab, Department of Textile and Fashion Design, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering (NTF), Vesna Makarov/NTF, Lorenka Stropnik, Francesco Della Toffola & Francesco Iberto Capalozza (IT)

On the photo: Ian Burns: Pausations. The photo is published with the permission of the artist and of the Viennese gallery Hilger NEXT.



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