About

Neža Knez was born in Ljubljana in 1990. In 2014 she graduated in Sculpture at Academy of Fine Arts and Design and in 2017 she finished her masters degree from the same institution, under the mentorship of professor Jože Barši. She works in a diverse media, such as audio, video, photography, with her own body or with bodies of other,drawings and classical sculpture.

My art practice is dedicated to the sensorial research of perceptions with different senses, playing with visibility and invisibility, dealing with the question of the (thinking) body. I am interested in connections between body, voice and senses, their relation to the space, their communication with objects and people in it. I am looking for something »in between«, some kind of emptiness, elusive »blind spots« that could never be caught in language or representation.
My interest lies in everyday things, which are so close to us that they often seem to be overlooked or unusual, with different cuts and interventions in everyday life, I seek to push normality to its limit. With creating events – who would you easily say that cut into society – and connecting people, I experiment with the usage of my own body but also with bodies of others. I let the rawness of material guide me so that the work itself can stay alive. I assume the social limits that are given to us and reveal and curve them according to my own ‘humoristic’ logics.

Exhibitions:
Comming:
2018,
, Project with Francesca Lazzarini and Marta Rovetta , Talking (about) images:
– Kunsthalle, Graz (Austria)
– MLZ art dep, Trieste (Italy)
, Gallery Zelenica (ROG), Walking research with Martina Jurak, Ljubljana (Slovenija)
, SCCA, Center For Contemporary Arts, When they talk, Ljubljana (Slovenija)
, Center For Contemporary Arts Celje – Likovni salon, Untitled, Celje (Slovenija)
, P74 Gallery, OHO Young Visual Artist Award 2018, Ljubljana (Slovenija)
, House of Culture Pivka, Pivka (Slovenija)

2018, Gallery Kortil, Thinking (about) images, Rijeka (Croatia)
2017, Kunst off-Space/Narrenkastl, The love (T)Act, Frohnleiten (Austria)
2017, Gallery Vetrinjski dvor, The love (T)Act, Maribor (Slovenia)
2017, Gallery Gallery in Galery KinoŠiska, Bodies on pedestal, Ljubljana (Slovenia)
2017, Mediterranea 18 Young Artist Biennale, Under the hayrack, Tirana (Albania)
2017, Gallery Equrna, Relation of two bodies, Ljubljana (Slovenia)
2017, Gallery Sira, Dis-communicatons, Zagreb (Croatia)
2016, Gallery Zelenica, Exhibition of Slovenian contemporary art, Ljubljana (Slovenia)
2016, Gallery Zelenica, Missing link, Ljubljana (Slovenia)
2016, Gallery SKC, Comunications, Rijeka (Croatia)
2016, Gallery SKC, Missing link, Rijeka (Croatia)
2016, (ON THE) EDGES OF EXPERIENCE intervention in public space – library, performans: Missing link, Milano (Italy)
2016, Gallery Bianca Volta – La Ville Ouverte /Mediterranean (Italy)
Landscape, book (installation) + performans: Missing link, Viterbo (Italy)
2016, Fabbrica del Vapore (On the) edges of experiences. Mediterranea meetings, Under the hayrack, Milano (Italy)
2016, three days of action/performans For-nothing, Regensburg (Germany)
2016, Gallery Kastell Windsor European Creative Camp 016 – Live for today/tomorrow, Human, Rettenbach (Germany)
2016, Gallery BiancaVolta, preformans, Missing link, Viterbo (Italy)
2016, ŠKUC Gallery, Personal, Ljubliana (Slovenia)
2016, Gallery MediaNox, Non-visibility, Maribor (Slovenia)
2016, Gallery UGM – OHO exhibition, This is (not) a walking piece, Maribor (Slovenia)
2016, Jakopič Gallery, ALUO LXX. Past, The present, Future, Other view, Ljubljana (Slovenia)
2015, Gallery UL, Exhibition of sculpture department ALUO UL, Ljubljana (Slovenia)
2015, Gallery Vetrinjski dvor, International Graphic Spring, Grafiti, Maribor (Slovenia)
2015, Gallery Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, International graphic spring, Secondment, Sarajevo (Bosnia)
2014, Transform, Split images, Bukarešta (Romania)
2014, public intervention – guided graffiti: Graffiti, Ljubljana (Slovenia)
2014, PassKey festival, Grafiti and Blind mind, Montepulciano (Italy)
2013, Lighting Guerrilla, Observed, Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Awards:
2017, Summa Cum-laude for a master’s thesis
2016, nomination for the award OHO
2015, Award for innovative approach to graphics (Golden press + solo exhibition)
2015, Prešeren faculty award
2014, Award for the diploma thesis – Academy of Fine Arts Ljubljana
2012, Recognition for special achievements in 2011/2012 – Academy of Fine Arts Ljubljana

Residences:
2016, European Creative Camp 016 – Live for today/tomorrow, Human, Rettenbach (Germany): mentor Rado Poggi
2016, Residency in Rome, Viterbo, Ljublana, Milano with exhibition in Tirana (Italy, Slovenia, Albania) – How do landscapes shape human imagination
2014, Residency in Berlin: mentor Maja Škerbot

Other:
2016, Presentation of work, La Ville Ouverte /Mediterranean Landscape, How do landscapes shape human imagination, Rome (Italy)
2016, MSUM (Museum of Contemporary Art), PERFORMING GUIDES: Crises and new beginnings. Art in Slovenia 2005-2015, Spaces of invisibility, Ljubljana (Slovenia)
2016, two days intervention, Regensburg (Germanay)
2015, MGLC (International Centre of Graphic Arts), Presentation of work Graffiti, Ljubljana (Slovenia)
2015, CGU Maribor: Vetrinjski dvor, presentation of work Graffiti, Maribor (Slovenia)
2015, MG (Museum of Modern Art), presentation of work Other view, Ljubljana (Slovenia)
2015, MGLC (International Centre of Graphic Arts), workshop, Meeting of views (THE 31ST BIENNIAL OF GRAPHIC ARTS), Ljubljana (Slovenia)
2014, public event – guiding by Graffiti, Metelkova, Ljubljana (Slovenia)