I work and exhibit as an individual artist and as a member of the art group KOLEKTIVA (Vesna Bukovec, Lada Cerar, Metka Zupanič). Both modes of practice enable me to expand the field of my artistic research and provide me with different levels of approaches to form and content.
In my artistic practice I use a wide range of artistic strategies: research, documentary approach, appropriation, art activism, public actions, collaboration with the public and personal interpretation. Formally, my projects are based on video, photography, drawing and installation.
I work with themes such as memory, media, consumer society and the pursuit of happiness. I am interested in the urban reality of everyday life and in the influence of consumer society on forming the identity of the contemporary individual. In my early works I have dealt with the issue of contemporary art and its connection to society. I was interested in the role of artists, and the presentation and reception of contemporary artworks.
I have been researching the modes of (re)presentation of reality by television media for several years. I use television and film excerpts and edit them into new narrative structures. My practice is similar to the appropriation of found objects, in my case, found footage. The difference in my approach is that this footage is not randomly or accidentally found, but always carefully searched for with the precise intention to create a new story which is my personal commentary on a given topic. These new video structures humorously or subversively expose manipulative media codes and their impact on subconscious psychological patterns of the individual and of the collective.
ARTIST TALK (2012)
Recorded at the occasion of the exhibition ‘Bring In Take Out Living Archive Ljubljana’ in the framework of the International Feminist and Queer Festival Red Dawns
ARTIST TALK (2008)
The video was produced as part of the exhibition catalogue & DVD at the occasion of the exhibition ‘Necessary Discourse on Hysteria’ in Koroška galerija likovnih umetnosti Slovenj Gradec / The Gallery of Fine Arts Slovenj Gradec in Slovenia in 2008.
- Living Archive Interview: Ida Hiršenfelder with Vesna Bukovec
(video, 2012, in Slovene only)
- Zakaj delam to, kar delam? (Dnevnik, 2009, in Slovene only)