Marjetica Potrč: Voda in zemlja - Portorož - Piran
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Marjetica Potrč: Water and Land
Exhibition opening
17.12.2022 - 5.3.2023 ()
Civic Gallery Piran

The Water and Land project includes three visual essays and diagrams, with which the artist draws attention to coexistence and the need for cooperation between people and nature. Two visual essays and diagrams created in 2022 for the Biennale of Sidney address the issue of the rights of two watercourses, the Soča River in Slovenia and the Lachlan River in Australia. The third visual essay The Land of Caretakers: A Ballad of Piran, which consists of ten drawings of a smaller format, is linked to the eleventh drawing of a larger format, i.e. a diagram entitled The Land of Guardians. Both these artworks refer to the current challenges faced by Piran and its Istrian hinterland.

The artistic work is dedicated to the specificities of the local environment and it was created during several months of research in conversations with the inhabitants of Piran. At the same time, The Land of Guardians diagram functions as an intertwining point and is transferred onto the central wall of the gallery space in the form of a monumental mural. The diagram works as well as a hommage to the Slvoene coastal area and its inhabitants.

Among other things, the exhibition draws attention to the perception of water as a legal entity that must be respected and, in contrast to the aspect of exploitation of natural resources, offers a reflection on the importance of protecting and carefully managing the most imporant natural resources, such as soil and water.

Marjetica Potrč is an international multidisciplinary artist and architect who lives and works in Ljubljana. Her work was presented at numerous exhibitions in Europe, Asia, the United States of America and Latin America, and was included in the most important manifestations of contemporary art, such as the Venice Biennale, where she exhibited her works in 1993, 2003, 2009 and 2021. She also exhibited in many prominent institutions around the world, such as the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Barbican Gallery in London, Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, NTU- Center for Contemporary Art in Singapore and MAXXI- National Museum of 21st Century Art in Rome.

From 2011 to 2018, she was a professor of Participatory Design at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts (HfBK), where she led the Design for the Living World class. She received numerous awards, including the Hugo Boss Prize 2000, awarded for achievements in contemporary art by the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and a Vera List Center for Art and Politics fellowship at the private research-oriented university The New School in New York (2007).

The project has been produced by the Piran Coastal Galleries and was created with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Piran, in cooperation with Galerie Nordenhake from Berlin.

The rich public program and public workshops has been deployed in collaboration and with the kind support of many civil stakeholders, local associations and students, among others: the local community of Piran; Abakkum, Institute for Landscape, Culture and Art Piran; University of Primorska (PF VUO); SWANK, Lucija; Faros Association, University of the Third Age of Life Piran.