Working between London and Ljubljana, Jasmina Cibic is one of a new generation of Slovenian artists whose practice, although acutely conscious of a specific national political, cultural and artistic lineage creates a very distinctive language of its own. Her work is site and context specific, performative in nature and employs a range of activity, media and theatrical tactics to redefine or reconsider an existent environment and its politics. The basic gesture in Cibic’s artistic explorations is the dismantlement and careful analysis of the work of art, its representation, and its relationship to the viewer: She tries to operate inside the system she is investigating. The mechanisms and structures of the system thus often become integral parts of the practice, allowing the work to transcend the plane of art and the language of form. Because of their traversal of different structures and systems, her projects often feel like Gesamtkunstwerke and include variations of delegated creations of artistic objects and spaces and combine the work of architects, scientists, other specialists and craftsmen, as well as factory- made products, all chosen for some specific contextual or historical significance.
Jasmina Cibic represented Slovenia at the 55th Venice Biennial with her project “For Our Economy and Culture”.
Her recent projects and exhibitions include “Spielraum – The Nation Loves It”, solo exhibition, Ludwig Museum Budapest, group exhibition at “Fruits of Our Land”, solo exhibition, SAW Gallery Ottawa, Capa Contemporary Photography Center, Budapest; Musée national d’histoire et d’art, Luxembourg; 3oth International Graphics Biennial Ljubljana; “October Salon”, Belgrade; “U3 – 7th Triennial of Contemporary Art”, MSUM, Ljubljana; Dokfest – Kulturbahfhof, Kassel; Joanneum Museum Graz; California College of the Arts, San Francisco; Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana; Galerija Škuc, Ljubljana. Her films have recently been screened at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; KORO Oslo; Les Rencontres Internationales, Palais de Tokyo et à la Gaîté Lyrique, Paris, Copenhagen International Documentary Festival and the Cinema Program at Art Brussels.
Her upcoming exhibitions include solo exhibition Spielraum at the International Centre of Graphic Arts MGLC Ljubljana (curated by Anna Gritz), group exhibition “Heroes We Love”, UGM Maribor (curated by Miško Šuvaković and Simona Vidmar), group exhibition The Possibility of an Island (curated by Isaline Vuille and Bénédicte Le Pimpec), Le Commun, Bâtiment d’art Contemporain Geneva and the solo exhibition Spielraum at the Museum of Contamporary Art Belgrade (curated by Una Popović).
Jasmina Cibic present constructed and theatrical spaces and events, mise-en-scènes which open up a dialogue between their origin and the exhibition space in which they are shown. Overall she is interested in the idea of the spectator as a faux tourist and the artwork within its architectonical framework as a souvenir object par excellence – a fetish of the original experience.
Earlier works were site-specific, performative interventions within transitory spaces such as the interior of airplanes, waiting rooms and airport terminals, spaces without any specific territorial belonging and as such those which evoke a generic singularity in their relationship to the visitor.
By inserting her interventions within this type of spaces she wished to equipollate the viewer of an artwork within the museum walls to a mere passerby in a transitory space. By doing this she attempted to question the possibilities of intra- and inter- connections of art practices with social relations, especially those which, due to their context-specific attributes, ask questions of possible formulations of geo-political exoticisms.
Recently she has taken these interests a step further, exploring the architectonic apparatus of the exhibition space itself, the ideological constructs behind such a space and the operative mechanisms that define its character and values as well as its reception.