Final event of this year's Red Dawns: We’re Waiting In Vain, an exhibition by Meta Krese
You are kindly invited to the opening of the exhibition We're Waiting In Vain by Meta Krese on 9 May, Tuesday at 7 pm, and to the tea party tea party with the the photographer and journalist Meta Krese as part of the program Ljubljana Art Weekend on 26 May, Friday at 6 pm at Alkatraz Gallery, ACC Metelkova mesto. The exhibition is a part of 24. International Feminist and Queer Festival Red Dawns.
The exhibition We're Waiting In Vain is a presentation of Meta Krese's long-term photography project, which documents the stories of widows from Srebrenica. They found shelter in refugee settlements more or less cut off from the cities in the Tuzla Canton in the first half of the 1990s. Some of the settlements that were meant as the first and short-term solution are still standing. The exhibition portrays widows, their children and now also grandchildren, who cannot return to their homes and remain trapped in this temporary, but in fact definite intermediate space.
Meta Krese is an established photographer who contributed photographs for many books, co-authored monographs, wrote several books, and was an editor of the journal of Slovene photographers, Photography, for ten years. She taught at the Vist college – the department of photography, where she was also a head of the department for a while. She worked as a photojournalist for ITF, the international foundation for demining, Red Cross Slovenia and ISOP, an Austrian NGO. Among others, she received the European award Writing for CEE in 2011, and the award for outstanding journalistic creations in 2006 for the year 2005, awarded by The Slovene Association of Journalists. The Pulitzer Centre on Crisis Reporting awarded her a grant for two projects: Cotton, the story of the textile industry (2016) and for the story about widows in Srebrenica living in collection centres for decades after the end of the war (2019). She was twice short-listed for the Lange-Taylor Prize, Duke University (2018, 2019). She has exhibited at solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad and curated photography exhibitions.
In May (18/5/2023-20/8/2023), Meta Krese shall present herself also in the City Gallery Ljubljana with a retrospective exhibition entitled Have You Come To Stay? The exhibition will tackle migrations, departures and arrivals here and elsewhere in the world. The opus consists of personal narratives of people who had to leave their homes, as well as of those whose dreams took them to other places. Alongside the exhibition, her monograph shall be published as well.