Andreja Dzakusic, Simon Macuh, Iva Tratnik
clothes … man
Clothes are one of the most visually noticeable identity signs of an individual, especially is we have in mind the individual’s social identity. Various social groups have different rules; something that is in one perceived as completely acceptable and common can represent a part of a ritual in another or completely unacceptable or weird in the third. Usually the selection of clothes represents a compromise between the desires of an individual and the expectations and rules of a certain social group.
clothes … man, which will be revealed at the Celje Likovni Salon Gallery, is a joint project of three artists based in Celje: Andreja Džakušič, Simon Macuh and Iva Tratnik. This spring they started with the project that researches to what extent do clothes define the human identity, how much does the attitude of others change when one changes his appearance and to what extent can 'unusual' clothes cause a disturbance within a public space. The project includes performances that take place in a myriad of public spaces - from gallery spaces (at various exhibition openings) to the most everyday spaces, such as bars and shopping malls. The body and clothes became a form through which they communicate with the world and trigger various responses. The artists planned their 'dress performances' in advance, however they did not announce them to the general public. Thus they could be seen in real time merely by chance. In the exhibition the progressive nature of the project is additionally emphasised by the New Year party and a performance in January, both of which show that a part of the project is created during the exhibition itself. Most of the project that is marked by the subtle interchange of the humorous and polemic – what is in a certain space perceived as normal – is presented through photographs and video.
Andreja Džakušič, Simon Macuh and Iva Tratnik (they all studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, live and work in Celje, and have been present in the art space for a number of years with their solo and group exhibitions) have cooperated on a number of occasions, and have often found themselves planning, harmonising and debating - especially within the frame of the annual festival of the Association of Celje Artists that has been running for the past ten years. Free entry (as the festival is named) encompasses performances, interventions, actions and installations in public spaces. On this occasion their project clothes… man was conceived and realised as a joint art project for the very first time.
Simon Macuh (1971) mainly works in the field of sculpture, performance, video and animation. He also deals with philosophy and theory.
Andreja Džakusic (1971) mainly expresses herself through performances, installations and photographs that comment the state of the real personal and social environment.
Iva Tratnik (1980) mainly works as a painter (this year she exhibited together with Marko Jakše in the Gallery of Contemporary Art Celje where they presented their joint painting project Battle dance for the bombed moon and two installations).