Janez Jana, Janez Jana, Janez Jana
Laboratory Berlin is glad to invite you to NAME Readymade,
the performative presentation of Janez Jana. The event will
present the act of "name changing" perpetrated by three
Slovenian artists who in 2007 officially, with all the required
papers and stamps, changed their names to the then prime minister
of Slovenia, Janez Jana (2004-08). All Janez Jansas' works,
their private and public affairs, in a word their whole life, has
been conducted under this name ever since.
the three artists changed their names to Janez Jana, they
in fact adopted a critical stand to the state. To the Slovene government,
in which until recently all posts seemed occupied as it were by
a single person - Janez Jana. [...] Through the multiplication
of Janez Jana's name, the function of the prime minister has
assumed, within this specific artistic action, a similar position
as the Campbell soup cans in Andy Warhol's works." (Zdenka
Badovinac, Name Readymade, October 2008)
Jana will take us through a series of artistic, political,
administrative and media oriented actions performed by himself together
with Janez Jana and Janez Jana, with a particular focus
on their latest personal exhibition entitled NAME Readymade. Works
exhibited in this show (valid ID cards, passports, credit and bank
cards, driving licences, birth and marriage certificates, and so
on) were generated by reality itself.
Jana, Janez Jana and Janez Jana cut right through
the midst of their own realities, using procedures typical for art
- transformation, translation, representation and mimicry. They
turned around the classical relational scheme between art and life
as it was developed in the 20th century. Art in the previous century
was defined by way of reality entering into artistic contexts without
mediation (Badiou defines the 20th century as the 'passion for the
real'), while Jana, Jana and Jana want to achieve
the opposite, so that their methods cut deeply into their material
lives and the lives of their immediate surroundings.
information: Readymade - THE EXHIBITION, www.aksioma.org/name
Aksioma - Institute for Contemporary Art and the Steirischer Herbst
Festival in collaboration with Maska and Moderna galerijy Ljubljana.
support by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and
the Municipality of Ljubljana.