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”.
SharedSpace: Retreat, Helsinki