Terra inhabitabilis – the search for common ground of three artists from Metelkova
You are kindly invited to the opening of group exhibition Terra inhabitabilis – Life After The End Of The World by artists Rok Mohar, Danilo Milovanović and Uroš Weinberger on 8 September, Thursday at 18.00 at Alkatraz Gallery, ACC Metelkova mesto. The exhibition is curated by Anabel Černohorski, Ana Grobler and Sebastian Krawczyk. The opening is a part of the 29th anniversary of Metelkova mesto.
''In 2017, an article entitled 'Uninhabitable Land' was published in New York Magazine. At that time, it was declared one of the most read articles in the history of the magazine. On the one hand, the above-average interest of readers can be interpreted as genuine concern for (our) future and the environment, while, on the other hand, human nature has always been attracted to dark scenarios. But the fact is that the consequences of global warming affect and will continue to affect the earth's biosphere. Human is actively involved in the transformation of the earth, but political influence and capital must by no means be taken out of the equation.
In the song Last Great American Whale (album, New York, 1988), Lou Reed sings that, to sum up, Americans care very little about everything, especially about land and water, even animals and people: 'Americans don't care too much for beauty, they will shit in a river, dump battery acid in a stream, they'll watch dead rats wash up on the beach, and complain if they can't swim.' Despite the rise of various environmental movements, green politics and greater awareness of people, we can discern from the highlighted verse the general attitude of humankind towards the environment and nature, of which we are, in fact, a part.
The exhibition in the Alkatraz Gallery brings together a selection of works from the period of the last seven years by three 'local' artists, namely: Danilo Milovanović, Rok Mohar and Uroš Weinberger. Within AKC Metelkova mesto and Alkatraz Gallery, since the very beginnings of exhibitions and established creative activities of numerous artists, we have been wondering what connections between them are dictated by the microspace in which they work and whether there is such a thing as, something that we could call, 'Metelkovian art'. It turns out time and time again that it is mainly about the coexistence of an incredible diversity of approaches to art. Artistic practices of each of the selected artists at the exhibition are quite different from one another. The selection was guided by the search for intersections, common points in the form of related themes and common sensibility, which is reflected in the exhibited works with reference to reality.'' – galerijalkatraz.org
Rok Mohar (1979) graduated from the Printing and Paper High School in 2000. In 2003, he enrolled at the Famul Stuart School of Applied Arts, majoring in sculpture. Since 2006, he has been creating in the studio in AKC Metelkova mesto. He occasionally works as a designer of scenography and props and as a restaurateur. In 2019, with the help of the KUD Ampus association, he established a graphic studio in the Neuhausen manor in Tržič. He lives and works in Ljubljana and Tržič.
Danilo Milovanović (1992) completed postgraduate studies in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design. During his studies, he also attended the UMPRUM Academy in Prague. In 2020, he received the Prešeren Award of University of Ljubljana, Academy of Fine Arts and Design for his master's thesis. In the period 2019–21, he was a resident of the creative centre MGLC Swiss House in Ljubljana. For many years, he was a member of the autonomous community of Rog and has there established the Zelenica gallery, but today he creates within the Autonomous Cultural Centre Metelkova mesto. His works are on display in both local and international exhibitional and public spaces.
Uroš Weinberger (1975) received a bachelor's and master's degree in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. He won the student Prešeren Award (2001), and he also received recognition for important works of art from the University of Ljubljana (2018). He creates in the fields of contemporary figurative painting, murals, intermedia installations, and is also active in the production of original music. He continuously presents his works in important galleries in Slovenia and abroad, and has also participated in artistic residencies abroad. He lives and works as a freelance visual artist.