“My Familiar Unfamiliar, edition 2: Sediments” marks the collaborative journey of Nevena Aleksovski and Maja Babič Košir, where their artistic prowess in printmaking, drawing, painting, and sculpture merges into a unique visual narrative. Bound by their roles as women, artists, migrants, and precarious workers, they navigate the intricate threads of personal and collective memory, family archives, and autobiographical tales. In this exploration, they uncover the dualities of origin and (non)belonging, touching upon transgenerational traumas and the nuanced nuances of personal and collective identities within the (post) Yugoslav cultural context.
Their artistic collaboration serves as a lens, revealing the hidden layers beneath the surface. Drawing from their collective and personal histories, they craft an art form that is not only visually striking but also deeply introspective. Through fragmented and minimalist expressions, they lay bare the power relations and transform archives into vibrant dialogues. Their artworks, akin to living organisms, entwine, complement, and metamorphose, engaging in profound dialogues within the exhibition space.
“Sediments” stands as a testament to the transformative potential of artistic empathy. By inviting viewers into this immersive realm, where art transcends boundaries, it encourages contemplation and introspection. This exhibition reveals the unknown, hidden stories within the folds of collective and personal memory, showcasing the intricate complexities of identity and the evolving human experience. As records from the past intertwine with the present, “Sediments” beckons us to sense the underlying transformations and find belonging within the layers of shared exploration.
RAVNIKAR is a contemporary art gallery in Ljubljana, founded in 2017 by Piera Ravnikar. RAVNIKAR is also the co-founder of ETC. magazine, which presents exceptional artistic talents from the Baltics and Balkans, and the initiator of Ljubljana Art Weekend.