Grand prix award at the International ceramic triennial Unicum

National Museum of Slovenia, Ljubljana                                                                             15th May – 30th September 2015_554b36d24904a

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Big money (2013/14), Ceramics, Print in clay, 197×83 cm

Rad Veliki novac je nastajao u vreme kada sam radio i projekat Umetnost margine u nekim od najvećih zatvora u Sloveniji (DOB i Ig). Projekat je obuhvatao seriju radionica grafike u glini i crtanja. Tehniku sam predavao zatvorenicima, kako bi svoje crteže mogli multiplikovati i imati jedan krajnji produkat. Oni se već izražavaju vizuelno rade crteže na zidovima ćelija, tetovaže ili sudeluju na radioicama, koje im se organizuju kao slobodne aktivnosti. Ova tehnika je poslužia kao dobar medij za prenošenje crteža sa zidova zatvora, njihovo multiplikovanje i prikazivanje na izložbama. Ovim su zatvorenici dobili mogućnost da se uključe u socijlani i kulturni život i prikažu svoju umetnost kao jedan izolovani subkulturni fenomen.

Želja ka velikom novcu, grabež i korupcija je jedan od glavnih razloga zbog kog mnogi od njih robijaju. Taj novac je uništio kako njihove, tako i živote mnogih drugih koji su se našli u njihovom okruženju.

U ženskom zatvoru podučavao sam Hildu Tovšak crtanje i tehniku grafike u glini. Hilda je nekadašnja menadžerka najvećih državnih gradbenih preduzeća SCT i Vegrad. Brojnim aferama privukla je medijsku pažnju na sebe i postala najpoznatiji zatvorenik u državi.

Na izložbi “Kunst macht frei” u galeriji Equrna u Ljubljani, napravio sam otisak 100 dolara u svežoj glini i pustio da se suši. Instalacija je bila sastavljena iz dva orginalna crteža Hilde Tovšak i otisaka 100 američkih dolara, napravljenih tehnikom grafike u glini u dimenzijama 2 m x 90 cm. U procesu sam doveo tehniku do granica izdržljivosti u dimenziji, tako da je ove pukotine doprinose poruci koju sam želeo postići. Tokom trajanja izložbe i procesa sušenja dolar je haotično ispucao poput pustinjske zemlje. Veliki novac, koji samog sebe uništava, bio je postavljen ispod dva Hildina crteža.

Nakon te izložbe otisak sam ispekao, obojio i nanovo sastavio poput mozaika na pleksiglasu. Hildine crteže sam na kraj izbacio jer su time rad svodili na nivo dnevno-političnog komentara, a instalirao sam svetlo i light box tako da su puktine jos više akcentovane.

Samo delo značenjski nije ograničeno samo na tu priču, već nudi takođe i širu sliku na svetsko monetarno događanje i ekonomsku krizu, koja još uvek traje.

Na otvaranju izložbe UNICUM u Narodnom muzeju u Ljubljani, jedan novinar me je tokom intervjua podsetio na Leonarda Cohen-a koji u jednoj svojoj pesmi kaže:
“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in”

Izložba finalista Mangelos nagrade 2014

U finalu je odabrano 5 umetnika: Nataša Kokić, Marko Marković, Ivan Šuletić,       Veljko Zejak i Nemanja Lađić.

Veljko Zejak se interesuje za život na margini, ali ne pravi umetničko socijalne studije, već se veoma pažljivo kreće unutar lične poetike. Ne samo što je osmislio sopstvenu tehniku keramičke štampe, što je strpljivo štampao radove zatvorenika stvarajući blisku vezu sa filmom Braće Tavijani, on je duboko preispitivao sopstvene teskobe, stanja na ivici, lične sukobe i ponore i poetski ih predstavio u video dokumentaciji radova „Ponovo radi bioskop“, „Zabranjeno pominjati sat“ i „Veliki novac“. Širok spektar njegovog delovanja, od land art instalacija, svetlosnih instalacija, objekata, skulpture do grafike govori o veštom i svestranom umetniku. Čak i sama implementacija vode, koju Zejak koristi kao gradivni elemet u većini svojih radova upućuje na istančanu poetiku i lično, gotovo utopijsko istraživanje balansa. (Jelena Spaić)

 

We live on a star

Sound and light installation

Small stage of the Theate “Španski borci”, Ljubljana

we live at the stars

The model for this work arose in 2012 as a suggestion for the exposition in the Henie Onstad Art Centre in Oslu, on the occasion of the anniversary of the bombing attack on the building of the government of Norway and the massacre on the island Utøya. I worked on the ideal basis of the model with the Norwegian artist Lise Wulf. The sound image was composed and animated by the multimedia artist Beno Gec.

The installation approaches the form of a Sensory Theatre, lasts 3 minutes and was aimed for one visitor who enters into the installation individually. The visitor enters into a box 2×2 m, at the beginning he is inserted into the serene atmosphere of a starry sky. The relaxed, meditative and calming ambient is converted abruptly into an uncertain, disturbing environment thanks to the changes in the use of sound and light.

With this work we wanted to put the visitor in a first-hand situation, expose him and leave him there alone. The impression is, of course, additionally enhanced by the fact that he is alone in the whole thing. The installation should not be understood unambiguous as a display of what happened that day in Norway, it can be perceived also universally as an uncontrolled aggression which can happen anywhere and its impact on the man, as a person, who is (without guilt) exposed, left to his fears, internal urges and finally thrown out into the uncertain reality. the name of the work “We live on a star” is ironic and it was overtaken from the name of the tapestry of the Norwegian artist Hannah Ryggen; its dimensions are 3×4 m and it was damaged during the attack on the building of the government of Norway on July 22nd, 2011 in Oslo.

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Kunst Macht Frei

Gallery Equrna, Ljubljana

February, 2014

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Big money (2014)

Installation

I live in Slovenia the last three years. The country was quavered in the last years by scandals of corruption and political instability. By working on the project “The Art of the Margin“ in the biggest prisons of Slovenia, I had the occasion to teach about visual arts also some of the eminent managers and politicians who are responsible for this situation.

In the female prison I taught Hilda Tovšak about drawing and graphics-techniques in clay. Hilda is a former manager of the biggest civil-engineering companies “SCT“ and “Vegrad“. She attracted the attention of the media by numerous scandals and became the best-known prisoner in the country.

The installation is composed of two original drawings of Hilda Tovšak and prints of 100 american dollars, made in graphics-technique in clay, in dimensions 2 m x 80 cm . At the exposition “Kunst macht frei”  in the gallery “Equrna“ in Ljubljana, I made a print in fresh clay and let it run dry. During the exposition and the drying-process the dollar cracked, like the desert-soil. The big money, which destroys itself, was allocated below two drawings of Hilda.

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Forbidden to mention the time (2014)
documentary , TT 15′ 22”

The movie emerged within the project “The Art of the margin“. It was in the biggest male prison “DOB“ in Slovenia. It is focused on the problems which the prisoners have in the relation with the media, censorship and strict regime. Telling from their own point of view, they talk about the terms of freedom, social acceptance and creative workshops which they had the occasion to attend in the prison. These workshops served them as an outcome and possibility to express themselves creatively. The video and graphics which emerged on these workshops were exposed at the exposition “Kunst macht frei“ (“The Art makes free“) in the gallery “Equrna“ in Ljubljana and several other expositions. In this way the marginal culture of the prison was presented and the prisoners got the opportunity to get involved into the cultural – social exchange.

Name of the original in the Slovene language: “Prepovedano omenjati uro“
Concept: Veljko Zejak
Camera and montage: Jure Plešec
Music: Robert Ivančič
Production: Oblikovalnik

The Art of the Margin

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The Art of the Margin is a project which I am developing now in the strictly guarded prison “DOB“ which is situated in Mirna na Dolenjskom. This prison is at the same time the biggest one in Slovenia with around 450 users. the project involves workshops of graphics-technique in clay and the filming of a documentary movie which follows the execution of the workshops, the conditions of living and interviews with participants.

The prisoners are socially excluded, culturally barred and invisible. Through the mentioned workshops they obtain knowledges and skills and in that way a possibility to express themselves creatively and participate in the social and cultural life. In that sense expositions with their works and a video will be organized.

The prisoner already deal with different forms of creativity and also to express themselves visually (drawings on the walls of the wards, tattoos, painting, forming of ceramics). These workshops help them to form their visual contents and to transfuse it into graphics. The final product of the workshops is a ceramic tile which by its format and media can be a very successful means for the multiplication of paintings from the walls of the wards. the marginal culture of the prisons will be represented through these graphics and the prisoners will obtain the possibility to get involved into the cultural – social exchange.

The technique of graphic in clay is my innovation, it results from the form of deep printing and represents the compound of several disciplines of the fine arts like graphics, sculpture, drawing and ceramics.

 

Eastern promises, Berlin

Kunsthalle am Hamburger platz

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Artists are present (2013)
Artists: Veljko Zejak, Marina Markovic, Boris Sribar, Darko Stojkov, Selman Trtovac

Veljko Zejak asked the artists to write a simple message on a bed-sheet. A message which is related to their artistic position. After that the artists were covered and their bodies casted in the sheets on which “AZIL (asylum – rem. of the translator)”, “UTOPIA”, “YUG” etc. was written.
At the moment when the visitor enters into the gallery he first perceives a group of bodies which are lying on the floor and are covered with bed-sheets. At the beginning he thinks that somebody is lying or that a serial murder has just happened and that he befell at an inconvenient place. Then he perceives that there is nobody under the bed-sheet, there is only the presence of the artists and their simple message.

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interactive installation