My art practice is always open creative research which develops itself through time. Through the event or interventions in urban spaces, I am questioning the social, economic, and political aspects of our society. My interest is in the research of perceptions with different senses, playing with visibility and invisibility, dealing with the question of the (thinking) body. I am interested 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’ logic.
I think that we can’t think of artwork out of the wider context in which the work is set. I am very interested in what means the space of art, where is it located, and what are its characteristics. My research is always based on notions beyond the prescribed representation and will, regardless of its form, draw its certainty from its uncertainty. A thorough analysis, thinking, observation and study can transform the perception of reality, and at the same time build a strong physical awareness. The body enables us access to the world with our senses, and it also allows us to experience a diverse spectrum of dimensions and imagination on a certain matter.
Neža Knez was born in Ljubljana in 1990. In 2014 she graduated in Sculpture at Academy of Fine Arts and Design, where continues master’s program under the mentorship of professor Jože Barši. For her thesis, she received the highest recognition Summa Cum Laude (2017). She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Slovenia and abroad and has received several awards, including the Award of Ministry of Culture, European Mobile Award (I-Portunus - Goethe Institut), UL ALUO Recognition and UL ALUO Award for exceptional student achievements, the award for an innovative approach to graphic arts, the Prešeren Student Award of the University of Ljubljana and the OHO Group Award. She was the recipient of a two-year residency for young artists at the Švicarija Creative Centre and now she is a participant of WHW Academy in Zagreb. She lives and works between Ljubljana and Zagreb.
Foto: Ana Lucija Šarić