Guided Tour of the exhibition LORDS OF DIRT
UGM l Maribor Art Gallery, Strossmayerjeva 6
Thursday, 8 December 2011 at 18:00
Guided by: Jaša, Meta Grgurevič and Mark Požlep, artists  

In the project Lords of Dirt, an international group of young artists researches the construction of everyday realities and the installation of a subject within them. Through artistic work, the otherwise passive observation of the world transforms to an act of hyper-awareness, which enables the individual to translate the multitude of exterior images or information into a controllable, sensually denoted system of coordinates. Lords of the Dirt represents a (possible) reorganisation, appropriation and subjectivisation of the informational workaday, marked by the mythology of the banal, in order to deliver it, by experiencing the reality of the artwork, into the arms of the subject again.  

Slovenian artists Jaša, Meta Grgurevič and Mark Požlep will present the exhibition Lords of Dirt.

Jaša (b. 1978, lives and works in Ljubljana and Venice) finished his post-graduate studies in painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia in 2007. Jaša was nominated and awarded as young perspective artist for several times. In 2009, he received the significant international award for best art project, the "Premio Epson- FAR, per la ricerca artistica" of the one month artist residence programme Fondazione Antonio Ratti. Also in 2009, he was invited to attend several international artist residences, such as: in New York by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, "Platform" in Finland, "Fondazione Antonio Ratti" in Lago di Como in Italy, and the latest "Otto Prod / La Vitrine" in France. He participated in numerous international group exhibitions as well realised many solo projects in Slovenia, Italy, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Finland and Serbia. His latest significant projects include I Can Give You 2 Hours (of my time) But Cannot Give You 5 Minutes, presented at the 54th Venice Biennial within the frame of the group exhibition of the Italian pavilion ACCADEMIA, The Lovest at the Ljubljana Museum of Modern Art, that is being put on show for one year already, and Bloom at the Jerome Zodo Contemporary Gallery in Milan. Meta Grgurevič (1979) received her MA in painting at the Venetian Fine Arts Academy. In 2002 Mara Ambrožič, Jasmina Cibic, Mery Favaretto and Meta Grgurevič founded the artist group Passaporta. So far she collaborated in numerous group exhibitions in Slovenia, Italy, London, Greece, Bosnia, Croatia and Macedonia. Since 2007 she realized several solo projects in Slovenia. Her last project entitled Flowers are Inherently Disgusting was created in collaboration with Urša Vidic, and exhibited at the Vžigalica Gallery in 2010. Meta Grgurevič received several awards and nominations for young emerging artists. She lives and works in Ljubljana. Mark Požlep (b. 1981, lives and works in Celje) finished his post-graduate studies in painting at the Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts and Design. For several times, he was nominated and awarded as young perspective artist: in the years 2005 and 2007, he recieved the Austrian "Essl Award for Central and East Europe". In 2009, he received two honorary awards for perspective artists in Slovenia: "Celje Coat of Arms" and "Golden Bird", and was nominated for the "Henkel Art Award" in Austria. After finishing his studies, he was invited to many artist residency programmes, such as "Catalyst Arts" in Irland, "Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris" and "Otto Prod / La Vitrine", both in France. Until recently, he participated at many international group exhibitions and realised numerous solo projects in Slovenia, Germany, Italy, China, Croatia, Macedonia, Austria and France. Between 2008 and 2010, he carried out seven independent projects as well as many group projects internationally.