P74 GALLERY, LJUBLJANA
Polonca Lovšin is visual artist and architect. Her long-term projects belong to the segment of contemporary arts practices known as art-as-research. Polonca Lovšin focuses mainly on the dynamic and constantly changing relationship between the urban and the rural. This is also the theme of her doctoral study, which she has completed at Bauhaus University in Weimar. In her art work, she uses animation, collage, spatial interventions, sculpture and objects. She is concerned with social topics, autonomy of subject in global society and relationship between system and individual. She invertedly uses recycling strategies, do-it-yourself strategies and humor.
In the collage series Everything’s Moving, she connect facts about life in Piran, a town marked by migrations (Piran has replaced its entire population at least three times since 1953, which makes it unique by global standards. Piran is a town of newcomers, where the first generations of native residents are still being born. Maybe this explains why in 2010 the people of Piran elected the first black mayor in Slovenia’s history – a newcomer from Ghana) with the migrations that left their mark on Europe in 2015. Casual conversations of tourists relaxing on the beach by the Adriatic are interlaced with such serious topics as terrorism, refugees, and climate change. Both statistics and dialogues jump from the local to the global and from the personal to the social and thus create a picture of the changing world in which we all now find ourselves together.
Polonca Lovšin has participated in numerous exhibitions at home and abroad, among them: at Kunstverein Gera, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge; A+A Gallery in Venice; as well as in Hamburg, Paris, Prague, Berlin, Copenhagen, Liege, Bologna, Poznań, Celje, Slovenj Gradec, and at P74 Gallery, Ljubljana. She is a recipient of the 2010 Golden Bird Award (“Zlata ptica”) for visual and intermedia arts. She has participated in several international art residencies in Cambridge, Hamburg, Berlin, London, and California.