Breda Beban (1952-2012) was one of the most prominent personas in the field of contemporary arts in former Yugoslavia who – in past 20 years – lived and worked internationally, mostly based in London and Sheffield. The Musical for the Senses solo show in Photon (Ljubljana) brings together selected works from her recent creative period, between 1997 and 2012. Beban’s works are devoted to several aspects of everyday life: migration, socio-political circumstance, human relationship and love.
The Musical for the Senses exhibition displays a selection from an extensive body of work where Breda Beban focused on the themes and phenomena of ordinary life; ones that usually take place in the privacy and intimacy of a personal space but are at the same time inevitably related to the coinciding political, social and cultural reality of their immediate surroundings. Selected films, which narrate non-linear stories about interpersonal relationships, little intimacies and big (although maybe fleeting) loves, are closely related to music that has been a consistent and omnipresent companion of the artist who often said: “Whenever I want to move people without upsetting them, I use music.” The photographs from the Arte Vivo series are focused on couples in love, positioned in the public sphere – a place symbolically chosen by the portrayed – while performing the intimate act of kissing, an ultimate expression of tenderness and closeness. The artist thus exalts the power of love and the chemistry between two human beings.
Monday, 22 April 2013 at 8 pm
Photon – Centre for Contemporary Photography
Trg prekomorskih brigad 1, Ljubljana
The exhibition will be on show until 10 May.
Gallery hours: weekdays from 12 to 6 pm
The gallery will be closed between 1 and 6 May