Jasmina Cibic

Artist Biography

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).

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Artist Statement

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.

Fruits of our Land

Jasmina Cibic

April 10, 2014 - May 11, 2014

Strangers in a strange land

Craig Leonard, Jasmina Cibic, Marc Bijl, Martin Basher

October 30, 2012 - December 23, 2012

Pulse Art Fair, Miami Beach 2015

Carlos Rigau, Jasmina Cibic, Matthew Abbott, Nynke Koster, Popel Co...

December 1, 2015 - December 5, 2015

Pulse NY, May 8-11, 2014

Elana Herzog, Erika Ranee, Jasmina Cibic, Sabrina Gschwandtner

May 8, 2014 - May 11, 2014

Pulse Miami 2013

Elana Herzog, Jasmina Cibic, Jeff Grant, Joan van Barneveld, Russel...

December 5, 2013 - December 8, 2013

The Independent

Jasmina Cibic: “Airport Projects”, texts by Michelle Deignan, Nata_a Bachelez-Petre_in, Bla_ Kri_nik and Simona Vidmar, Maribor Art Gallery
“From Afar”, text by Simona Vidmar, Galerija Ganes Pratt Ljubljana
“Spectators, Tourists and Casual Passers-by”, text by Simona Vidmar, Oris no. 58, Zagreb
“The Secret of the Ninth Planet”, text by Lars Bang Larsen, California College of the Arts
“Museum on the Street”, texts by Zdenka Badovinac, Bojana Piskur, Sezgin Boynik and Gal Kirn, Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana

“Portfolio Magazine”, Issue 43, Edinburgh May 2008
“Falter Magazine”, Issue 2, London April 2008
“To Feel Love at the Brnik Airport”, Petja Strajhar, Vecer, Maribor 18.7.2007

“Pilot III”, Pilot, London
“Goldlink”, Goldsmiths College, London July 2007
“Landescape”, Simona Vidmar and Breda Kolar Sluga, Umetnostna Galerija Maribor and Kunstlerhaus Graz, Maribor/Graz
“Represent”, Capucine Perrot, A-N Magazine, London June 2007
“To the National Gallery as to the ZOO”, Anzej Dezan, Ona, Delo, Ljubljana 24.3.2007
“Art as Tourism”, Mojca Strajhar, Dnevnik, Ljubljana 20.3.2007
“Forged Territories”, Matjaz Brulc, Polet, Delo, Ljubljana 15.3.2007
“Goldlink”, Goldsmiths College, London Febuary 2007

“Bevilacqua la Masa 90º colletiva”, Marinella Venanzi and Stefano Coletto, Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Venice
“Goldsmiths MA Show”, Goldsmiths College, London

“Bon Voyage – We give You a Free Pass to Enter the Desired Destination”, Mara Ambrozic and Jasmina Cibic, Ljubljana
“Bevilacqua la Masa 89º colletiva”, Marinella Venanzi and Matia Zanetti, Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Venice
“I confini della Liberta”, Venice
“Markers V; Poles Apart/Poles Together”, Doron Polak and Juan Punetes, Bienale di Venezia, Venice
“Premio Furla”, Charta, Milano
“Gemine Muse”, Riccardo Caldura, Milano

“So, when do we leave for Alpha Centauri?”, Comune di Ferrara, Ferrara
“Goldsmiths MA Show”, Goldsmiths College, London
“XX. Sarajevo Winter Festival”, Festival Sarajevska Zima, Sarajevo

“Q13”, Centro Culturale Candiani, Venice Mestre
“Waiting Room”, Riccardo Caldura, Comune di Venezia, Venice
“11th Biennial of Young Artists COSMOS”, Athens
“Bienial of Young Artists”, Il gazzetino, Venice 27.6.2003
“Waiting Room”, Venezia News, June 2003
“Forme Umane”, Stefano Coletto, Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Venice

“Passaporta”, Mara Ambrozic, Ljubljana
“Bevilacqua la Masa 85º Colletiva”, Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Venice

“Private”, N. 21, Maurizio Giuffredi, Guido Ceccere and Stefano Ferrari
“ARTEC – Art Reaches Out to Technology in Europe Through Communication”: ARTEC, Venice