In conceptual collaboration with the artist Aphra Tesla*, Slovenian intermedia artist Miha Horvat presents a collection that can be considered a poetic archive.
The exhibition opens on Thursday, March 3 from 6 to 8 pm at the Filodrammatica Gallery (Korzo 28/1, Rijeka), remaining on view until March 25, 2022 (working hours: from Monday to Saturday from 4 pm to 8 pm).
Poetic archives are a collection in a constant process of growth, in which various institutions, works, intimate objects, other people’s materials and works of art are archived. The artistic task that the author has set for himself is in cohabitation of the personal with the impersonal, the marginal with the sublime. In wooden frames and hermetically sealed transparent plexiglass boxes, Miha Horvat has archived and compressed collections, compositions and social commentaries, ranging from artistic concepts to down-to-earth items such as spent toilet paper rolls, beer bottles or broken tennis balls.
It is a series of archive boxes / frames of life – a poetic archive.
– In 2015, I presented my series, a collection, to Aphra Tesla and her reaction was:
“These are poetic archives, Miha.“
Exhibition setup. Photo: Tanja Kanazir / Drugo more (Flickr gallery)
The archive was partly created with the participation of many other Horvat’s colleagues and artists, as well as institutions such as TK Branik, Fundacija Sonda, Kino Udarnik, son:DA, iLabGT22, Via Negativa, and others.
The exhibition in Rijeka will be the first in which the archives will be exhibited independently and outside Slovenia.
* Aphra Tesla is a poet, screenwriter, vocal manipulator, performer and intermedia artist who received her master’s degree in 2010 from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. She is the initiator of the interdisciplinary project Aphra Tesla Operating System in collaboration with numerous artists and scientists.