Interview / Nataša Prosenc Stearns
UGM Studio, Trg Leona Štuklja 2
saturday, 17. june 2017, 18.00
guided by: Breda Kolar Sluga, Maribor Art Gallery director

On the Museum Summer Night we have also prepaired an interview with Nataša Prosenc Stearns, an artist exhibiting in UGM Studio from 16 June -15 July 2017. Her exhibition is called Caryatids and Medusas.

The exhibition by Nataša Prosenc Stearns is a combination of video projections, prints, and videos on LCD screens. On this occasion, the artist deals with the topic of women in contemporary media. The project is set at the core of the changing consideration and perception of the female body and face. It contemplates the position of woman who wants to control and manipulate the act of being observed, rather than just being the object of observation. Provocative revealing outfits, seduction, manipulation of sexuality on one side, and on the other - being trapped in the torture of workouts, diets, and beauty treatments. How does this affect our self-image and intimacy?

Videos by Nataša Prosenc Stearns are moving collages based on image layering. The human body is at the center of her creative work, it is the logos/topos through which she observes, experiences, and understands her environment. Yet her works create a world that is not anthropocentric, but rather integrates the human body into everything that surrounds it. The anatomy of the image constantly mutates; it is in a state of transformation, challenging the boundaries of the body and suggesting new possibilities for integration and regeneration.

Nataša Prosenc Stearns is an artist and filmmaker who graduated from the Department of Design at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. It is there that she created her first videos, and later installations and films. The Fulbright Grant took her to Los Angeles, where she obtained her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Her works have been showcased in Slovenian and international galleries and museums; her project Gladiators represented Slovenia at the 48th Venice Biennial and won her the Prešeren Foundation Award. She has received a series of other grants and awards, and appeared for the second time at the Venice Biennial in 2015 as part of the exhibition We Must Risk Delight, Twenty Artists from Los Angeles. Her works are found in national and international permanent exhibitions, in the archive of the DIVA Station at SCCA Ljubljana, while she is represented in the USA by Ruth Bachofner Gallery.

There is no entrance fee. YOU ARE KINDLY INVITED!