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:
2019,
, Center For Contemporary Arts Celje (Slovenija) – solo
, Gallery P74, Ljubljana (Slovenija) – solo
2018,
, Project with Francesca Lazzarini and Marta Rovetta , Talking (about) images:
– Kunsthalle, Graz (Austria) – grup
– MLZ art dep, Trieste (Italy) – grup
, SCCA, Center For Contemporary Arts, When they talk, Ljubljana (Slovenija) – solo
, House of Culture Pivka, Pivka (Slovenija) – solo

2018, Gallery Zelenica (ROG), Walking research with Martina Jurak, Ljubljana (Slovenija) – solo
2018, P74 Gallery, OHO Young Visual Artist Award 2018, Deus ex machina, Ljubljana (Slovenija) – grup
2018, Center For Contemporary Arts Celje – Likovni salon, Roll the sleeves, Celje (Slovenija) – grup
2018, Gallery Kortil, Thinking (about) images, Imag(in)e Ka-mi-ze, Reka (Croatia) – grup
2017, Kunst off-Space/Narrenkastl, The love (T)Act, Frohnleiten (Austria) – solo
2017, Gallery Vetrinjski dvor, The love (T)Act, Maribor (Slovenia) – solo
2017, Gallery Gallery in Galery KinoŠiska, Bodies on pedestal, Ljubljana (Slovenia) – grup
2017, Mediterranea 18 Young Artist Biennale, Under the hayrack, Tirana (Albania) – grup
2017, Gallery Equrna, Relation of two bodies, Ljubljana (Slovenia) – grup
2017, Gallery Sira, Dis-communicatons, Zagreb (Croatia) – solo
2016, Gallery Zelenica, Exhibition of Slovenian contemporary art, Ljubljana (Slovenia) – grup
2016, Gallery Zelenica, Missing link, Ljubljana (Slovenia) – solo
2016, Gallery SKC, Comunications, Rijeka (Croatia) – solo
2016, Gallery SKC, Missing link, Rijeka (Croatia) – solo
2016, (ON THE) EDGES OF EXPERIENCE intervention in public space – library, performans: Missing link, Milano (Italy) – solo
2016, Gallery Bianca Volta – La Ville Ouverte /Mediterranean (Italy) – grup
2016, Fabbrica del Vapore (On the) edges of experiences. Mediterranea meetings, Under the hayrack, Milano (Italy) – grup
2016, three days of action/performans For-nothing, Regensburg (Germany) – solo
2016, Gallery Kastell Windsor European Creative Camp 016 – Live for today/tomorrow, Human, Rettenbach (Germany) – grup
2016, Gallery BiancaVolta, preformans, Missing link, Viterbo (Italy) – grup
2016, ŠKUC Gallery, Personal, Ljubliana (Slovenia) – grup
2016, Gallery MediaNox, Non-visibility, Maribor (Slovenia) – solo
2016, Gallery UGM – OHO exhibition, This is (not) a walking piece, Maribor (Slovenia) – grup
2016, Jakopič Gallery, ALUO LXX. Past, The present, Future, Other view, Ljubljana (Slovenia) – grup
2015, Gallery UL, Exhibition of sculpture department ALUO UL, Ljubljana (Slovenia) – grup
2015, Gallery Vetrinjski dvor, International Graphic Spring, Grafiti, Maribor (Slovenia) – grup
2015, Gallery Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, International graphic spring, Secondment, Sarajevo (Bosnia) – grup
2014, Transform, Split images, Bukarešta (Romania) – grup
2014, public intervention – guided graffiti: Graffiti, Ljubljana (Slovenia) – solo
2014, PassKey festival, Grafiti and Blind mind, Montepulciano (Italy) – grup
2013, Lighting Guerrilla, Observed, Ljubljana (Slovenia) – grup

Awards:
2018, nomination for the award OHO and WINNER
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:
Comming:
– Two month Residency in New York – OHO Award (The prize was founded by P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Zavod, Ljubljana, in cooperation with the Foundation for Civil Society and the Trust for Mutual Understanding in New York)
2018-, Two-year residence in a creative center Švicarija
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:
2018, Presentations of young artists in a residential studio in Švicarija, Ljubljana (Slovenija)
2018, MSUM (Museum of Contemporary Art), PERFORMING GUIDES, No-guides, Ljubljana (Slovenija)
2018, Round table on Cultural bazaar, presentation of the work, Ljubljana (Slovenija)
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)