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THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING AN ARTIST

April 3rd 2013 to April 28th 2013

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Invitation and link to Futura website

The artist’s profession has commonly been seen as a ‘noble’ calling, one which allows the artist a high degree of freedom, egocentricity and a bohemian lifestyle. Being an artist today, I cannot easily associate myself with any of these descriptions. By voluntarily absorbing the negativity of the world around us, is it easy to be an engaged artist today? (Prlja)

This exhibition represents a cross-section of Prlja’s work since 2004, however, it is not a collection of disconnected works. The works have been selected in order to represent the artist’s investigation into issues such as hatred, terror, neglect, deception, dishonesty, insensitivity and misinterpretation in our society today.

The expression of ‘hate’ varies from one art project to another, but a common thread can be noticed – the hate, or expression of neglect, indifference, etc. occurs in all sectors of life, from within the prisons to the use of symbols of national identity, to the ‘global hatred’ which was re-activated with the terrorist attacks (9/11, 7/7, etc.) and the reaction to these with the ‘war on terror’.

‘Give ‘em Hell’ (2008) shows a group of youngsters in London, recorded with a hidden camera. The youngsters are caught in the moment of smashing a series of protest banners, left on the streets of London, on which the slogans support immigration and the notion of equal human rights for all. The video documents the growing anger and intolerance towards immigrants.

‘Peace Wall’ (part of the Berlin Biennial 7, 2012) was a project that highlighted the increasing division of Berlin between ‘rich and poor’ citizens, by physically manifesting this division on a particular street (Friedrichstrasse), by building a 12 x 5 metre wall, which blocked the street for a period of 2 months. This public art project aimed to raise awareness and investigated the potential of discussing the economic structure within modern cities. The project led to frequent attacks on the artist (and the wall) by some of the local shop owners, while local politicians and investors hijacked and misused the Peace Wall for individual, political and investment purposes. Peace Wall raises direct questions about the potential for violence within each of us.

Through this process of portraying and even generating the ‘bad’ in this world, one could justly ask – how much hatred, dishonesty and general negativity should an artist withstand?

Artists can only record, represent and re-appropriate, in various forms, the horror around them. After collecting the information needed for their own work (making interviews, film documentation, etc.) the artist’s only option is to leave the mise-en-scène. While leaving the scene behind, I feel broken by a deep pain due to the realisation that the unjust situation of the confronted reality, could not be amended, changed or made better. For months afterwards, I do not know how to channel this feeling of smallness and powerlessness and how to live with the fact that I cannot help or heal the situation, nor heal myself.

Nada Prlja, 2013

Link to original FUTURA web site.

Press coverage:

Lidovky,cz

Rozhlas.cz, audio

 

Exhibition Images

NADA PRLJA: THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING AN ARTIST Private view
NADA PRLJA: THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING AN ARTIST
Private view
NADA PRLJA: THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING AN ARTIST Private view
NADA PRLJA: THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING AN ARTIST
Private view
NADA PRLJA: THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING AN ARTIST Private view
NADA PRLJA: THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING AN ARTIST
Private view
NADA PRLJA: THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING AN ARTIST Private view
NADA PRLJA: THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING AN ARTIST
Private view
NADA PRLJA: THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING AN ARTIST Private view
NADA PRLJA: THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING AN ARTIST
Private view
NADA PRLJA: THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING AN ARTIST Private view
NADA PRLJA: THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING AN ARTIST
Private view

 

DAILY NEWS AGENCY 2013 Printed newspapers, 2500x240cm; Bad News Project 2009 'Delo' Newspaper intervention, ljubljana, Slovenia 3 offset printed interventions, each 20x14cm, black ink on newspaper;
DAILY NEWS AGENCY
2013
Printed newspapers, 2500x240cm;
Bad News Project
2009
‘Delo’ Newspaper intervention, ljubljana, Slovenia
3 offset printed interventions, each 20x14cm, black ink on newspaper;
Daily News Agency 2004 Detail 5 newspaper pages, painted over with purple acrylic paint, each page 28x43 cm; DAILY NEWS AGENCY 2013 Printed newspapers, 2500x240cm; Bad News Project 2009 'Delo' Newspaper intervention, ljubljana, Slovenia 3 offset printed interventions, each 20x14cm, black ink on newspaper;
Daily News Agency
2004
Detail
5 newspaper pages, painted over with purple acrylic paint, each page 28×43 cm;
DAILY NEWS AGENCY
2013
Printed newspapers, 2500x240cm;
Bad News Project
2009
‘Delo’ Newspaper intervention, ljubljana, Slovenia
3 offset printed interventions, each 20x14cm, black ink on newspaper;
DAILY NEWS AGENCY 2013 Printed newspapers, 2500x240cm; Aliens Inc. 2013 24 shirts, hand painted slogans. 500x400 cm.
DAILY NEWS AGENCY
2013
Printed newspapers, 2500x240cm;
Aliens Inc.
2013
24 shirts, hand painted slogans.
500×400 cm.
Aliens Inc. 2013 24 shirts, hand painted slogans. 500x400 cm.
Aliens Inc.
2013
24 shirts, hand painted slogans.
500×400 cm.
Aliens Inc. 2013 24 shirts, hand painted slogans. 500x400 cm.
Aliens Inc.
2013
24 shirts, hand painted slogans.
500×400 cm.
Aliens Inc. 2013 24 shirts, hand painted slogans. 500x400 cm.
Aliens Inc.
2013
24 shirts, hand painted slogans.
500×400 cm.
Aliens Inc. 2013 24 shirts, hand painted slogans. 500x400 cm.
Aliens Inc.
2013
24 shirts, hand painted slogans.
500×400 cm.
Aliens Inc. 2013 24 shirts, hand painted slogans. 500x400 cm.
Aliens Inc.
2013
24 shirts, hand painted slogans.
500×400 cm.
Aliens Inc. 2013 24 shirts, hand painted slogans. 500x400 cm; Stop War Against Immigrants Detail 2013 7 broken protest banners, each 50x70 cm (broken in few parts), white banners, black hand painted slogans.
Aliens Inc.
2013
24 shirts, hand painted slogans.
500×400 cm;
Stop War Against Immigrants
Detail
2013
7 broken protest banners, each 50×70 cm (broken in few parts), white banners, black hand painted slogans.

 

Stop War Against Immigrants Detail 2013 7 broken protest banners, each 50x70 cm (broken in few parts), white banners, black hand painted slogans.
Stop War Against Immigrants
Detail
2013
7 broken protest banners, each 50×70 cm (broken in few parts), white banners, black hand painted slogans.
Stop War Against Immigrants Detail 2013 7 broken protest banners, each 50x70 cm (broken in few parts), white banners, black hand painted slogans; Give 'em Hell 2007 Single screen video, colour, loop.
Stop War Against Immigrants
Detail
2013
7 broken protest banners, each 50×70 cm (broken in few parts), white banners, black hand painted slogans;
Give ’em Hell
2007
Single screen video, colour, loop.

 

Peace Wall (documentary video) 2013 25 min, single screen video, colour, sound, loop.
Peace Wall (documentary video)
2013
25 min, single screen video, colour, sound, loop.
Peace Wall  (press coverage wall) Detail 2013 A4 pages of press coverage of the Peace Wall project; paper, print, colour.
Peace Wall
(press coverage wall)
Detail
2013
A4 pages of press coverage of the Peace Wall project; paper, print, colour.
Peace Wall (documentary video) 2013 25 min, single screen video, colour, sound, loop.
Peace Wall (documentary video)
2013
25 min, single screen video, colour, sound, loop.
Peace Wall (documentary video and press coverage wall) 2013 25 min, single screen video, colour, sound, loop. 150 A4 pages of press coverage of the Peace Wall project; paper, print, colour.
Peace Wall (documentary video and press coverage wall)
2013
25 min, single screen video, colour, sound, loop.
150 A4 pages of press coverage of the Peace Wall project; paper, print, colour.
Peace Wall (documentary video) 2013 25 min, single screen video, colour, sound, loop.
Peace Wall (documentary video)
2013
25 min, single screen video, colour, sound, loop.

 

Advanced Science of Morphology 2013 5 flags, 5 flag pools, 200x150x300 cm; 12 documentary photographs, black and white, each 50x70cm.
Advanced Science of Morphology
2013
5 flags, 5 flag pools, 200x150x300 cm; 12 documentary photographs, black and white, each 50x70cm.
Advanced Science of Morphology 2013 5 flags, 5 flag pools, 200x150x300 cm; 12 documentary photographs, black and white, each 50x70cm.
Advanced Science of Morphology
2013
5 flags, 5 flag pools, 200x150x300 cm; 12 documentary photographs, black and white, each 50x70cm.
Advanced Science of Morphology 2013 5 flags, 5 flag pools, 200x150x300 cm.
Advanced Science of Morphology
2013
5 flags, 5 flag pools, 200x150x300 cm.
Advanced Science of Morphology 2013 12 documentary photographs, black and white, each 50x70cm.
Advanced Science of Morphology
2013
12 documentary photographs, black and white, each 50x70cm.

 

Advanced Science of Morphology Documentary video Zagreb, Croatia Single screen video, colour, loop.
Advanced Science of Morphology
Documentary video
Zagreb, Croatia
Single screen video, colour, loop.
Daily News Agency 2004 Detail 5 newspaper pages, painted over with purple acrylic paint, each page 28x43 cm.
Daily News Agency
2004
Detail
5 newspaper pages, painted over with purple acrylic paint, each page 28×43 cm.
Daily News Agency 2004 Detail 5 newspaper pages, painted over with purple acrylic paint, each page 28x43 cm.
Daily News Agency
2004
Detail
5 newspaper pages, painted over with purple acrylic paint, each page 28×43 cm.
Daily News Agency 2004 Detail 5 newspaper pages, painted over with purple acrylic paint, each page 28x43 cm; DAILY NEWS AGENCY 2013 Printed newspapers, 2500x240cm.
Daily News Agency
2004
Detail
5 newspaper pages, painted over with purple acrylic paint, each page 28×43 cm;
DAILY NEWS AGENCY
2013
Printed newspapers, 2500x240cm.

 

Bad News Project 2009 'Delo' Newspaper intervention, ljubljana, Slovenia 3 offset printed interventions, each 20x14cm, black ink on newspaper;
Bad News Project
2009
‘Delo’ Newspaper intervention, ljubljana, Slovenia
3 offset printed interventions, each 20x14cm, black ink on newspaper;
Bad News Project 2009 'Delo' Newspaper intervention, ljubljana, Slovenia 3 offset printed interventions, each 20x14cm, black ink on newspaper;
Bad News Project
2009
‘Delo’ Newspaper intervention, ljubljana, Slovenia
3 offset printed interventions, each 20x14cm, black ink on newspaper;

 

DAILY NEWS AGENCY 2013 Printed newspapers, 2500x240cm; Bad News Project 2009 'Delo' Newspaper intervention, ljubljana, Slovenia 3 offset printed interventions, each 20x14cm, black ink on newspaper;
DAILY NEWS AGENCY
2013
Printed newspapers, 2500x240cm;
Bad News Project
2009
‘Delo’ Newspaper intervention, ljubljana, Slovenia
3 offset printed interventions, each 20x14cm, black ink on newspaper;
DAILY NEWS AGENCY 2013 Printed newspapers, 2500x240cm; Aliens Inc. 2013 24 shirts, hand painted slogans. 500x400 cm.
DAILY NEWS AGENCY
2013
Printed newspapers, 2500x240cm;
Aliens Inc.
2013
24 shirts, hand painted slogans.
500×400 cm.
DAILY NEWS AGENCY 2013 Printed newspapers, 2500x240cm.
DAILY NEWS AGENCY
2013
Printed newspapers, 2500x240cm.
DAILY NEWS AGENCY 2013 Printed newspapers, 2500x240cm.
DAILY NEWS AGENCY
2013
Printed newspapers, 2500x240cm.
DAILY NEWS AGENCY 2013 Printed newspapers, 2500x240cm.
DAILY NEWS AGENCY
2013
Printed newspapers, 2500x240cm.
DAILY NEWS AGENCY 2013 Printed newspapers, 2500x240cm.
DAILY NEWS AGENCY
2013
Printed newspapers, 2500x240cm.
DAILY NEWS AGENCY 2013 Printed newspapers, 2500x240cm.
DAILY NEWS AGENCY
2013
Printed newspapers, 2500x240cm.

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